At the Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, professors within the College of Engineering have long recognized the value of teaching computer science concepts to their students. However, developing a course that enabled students to learn and apply computer science fundamentals to solve engineering problems has not always been easy.
"We have tried various ways to develop a computing course, but we were never satisfied with the results," says Dr. James Craig, professor of aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech. "We realized that we were teaching tools, but were missing the computer science concepts."
Recently, the College of Computing worked with the College of Engineering to develop a practical introduction to computer science for engineers using MATLAB. Today, each semester, more than 1,000 students take the course, CS1371 - Computing for Engineers.
MATLAB enables students to learn the computer science concepts in a way that is directly applicable to engineering. MATLAB is an excellent first language for engineers and an ideal environment for engineering computation," says Craig. "In the upper-level engineering classes, we are very impressed with the capabilities of the students now. The course has been a huge success."