4TU.CEE has evolved from a starting centre of expertise as part of the sector plan for engineering, into a stable, recognised and mature centre. In the past two years, 4TU.CEE invested in a variety of themes to contribute to the innovation of engineering education: future engineering skills, curriculum development, interdisciplinary engineering education, emerging technologies, engineering education for all (sustainable engineering education) and teaching excellence. In the Progress Report 2017-2018 you will find a selection of highlights under each of the mentioned themes.
Structural mechanics is a core subject in almost all engineering bachelor curricula. To be able to analyse structures, students are required to learn how to apply analytical models that highly rely on a mathematical background. However, structural mechanics is fundamentally an empirical subject. Experimental activities can help students not only to better understand the theoretical content, but also to acquire experimental skills. Nevertheless, due to the ever-growing student population, over-packed curricula and the lack of resources and time, it is often challenging to provide students with enough (and meaningful) experimental practice.