The First Year Engineering Learning and Innovation
Center is available for students to work on their
projects for their freshman engineering courses.

The First Year Engineering Program provides new students with tools they need to succeed at Northeastern University. The first year of engineering at Northeastern is a common curriculum in which all students regardless of intended major enroll in math, chemistry, physics, GE 1000 Introduction to Engineering, GE 1501 Cornerstone of Engineering 1 and GE 1502 Cornerstone of Engineering 2. Through these courses, special seminars and social activities, students are provided an opportunity to explore the different engineering majors currently offered at Northeastern University. Students are supported by one-on-one meetings with their academic advisor several times a year to help them register for courses and plan their academic career in the college. Students are challenged with real-world service learning projects.

Incoming Students

  • Recommended Computer
    In addition to your computer, we highly recommend that students purchase a mouse for use with AutoCAD and SolidWorks.
  • Sparkfun Inventor’s Kit – v4.0
    Available from Sparkfun (www.sparkfun.com/northeastern)
  • Safety glasses are required in the First Year Engineering Learning & Innovation Center. There are safety glasses available, but we highly recommend that students purchase their own

Don’t Just Think it, Build it!

Are you interested in a taste of what Northeastern University engineering students experience in the first year?  Then attend our intensive, experiential, and project-based program for high school students: the Engineering Innovation & Design (EID) summer camp!  Over the course of two weeks, accepted students will learn the basics of engineering design principles in the context of several themes: Robotics in Service to Society, Sustainability in a Changing World and Product Design. They will research and complete hands-on build projects under these themes using our newly redesigned college Makerspace.

To learn more, please visit: https://www.northeastern.edu/precollegeprograms/

 

First Year Engineering Team

News Highlights

Publication Abstracts and Proposals Submitted

  • Freeman, S, Jaeger B, & Whalen, R, (2014). Making a First-year Impression: Engineering Projects that Affect and Connect. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Pfluger, C & Schulte Graham, K, (2014). Introducing Sustainability into Engineering Design: A First Year Course. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Love, J, Freeman, S and Sullivan, D, (2014). What Sticks with First Year Engineering Students and Engineering Faculty in STEM Education Service-Learning Projects, Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Forman, S & Freeman, S (2012). The Unwritten Syllabus. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Jaeger B, Whalen, R, & Freeman, S, (2012). Programming is Invisible –or Is It? How to Bring a First-year Programming Course to Life. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, TX.
  • Freeman, S, Forman, S, Whalen, R, & Jaeger B, (2011). Service Learning vs. Learning Service in Engineering Design. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Jaeger, BK (Coordinator, Northeastern University) with Estell, J (Ohio Northern), Freeman, S (Northeastern), Moor, SS (Purdue University Fort Wayne), & Whalen, R (Northeastern) (2010 for 2011) Workshop Proposal to American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Approved and Sponsored by First-year Programs Division; pending ASEE approval.
  • Whalen, R, Jaeger, BK, & Freeman, S (2010 for 2011). R U All There? Texting, Surfing, and E-Tasking in the Classroom and its Effects on Learning. Abstract Submitted to American Society for Engineering Education for Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Freeman, SF, Forman, S, Whalen, R, & Jaeger B (2010 for 2011). Service Learning vs. Learning Service in Engineering Design. Abstract Submitted to American Society for Engineering Education for Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Jaeger, B, Whalen, R, Payne, R, & Freeman, S (2010). Successful Students: Smart or Tough?  Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Freeman, S, Jaeger B, & Whalen, R, (2006). Active Teaching, Active Learning: Infusing the Design Process in a First-Year Course. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago, IL.

Papers & Proceedings

  • Love, J.O., Freeman, S.F., Jaeger-Helton, B.K., and Whalen, R. (2015) No lab? No shop? No problem: Intentional design of a First Year Engineering Learning Center with enlightening outcomes. American Society for Engineering Education Conference Proceedings, Seattle, WA, Paper ID#13479.
  • Freeman, SF, Whalen, R, Jaeger, BK, & Forman, S (2011). Service-Learning vs. Learning Service in First-year Engineering: If We Cannot Conduct First-Hand Service Projects, is it Still of Value?. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education, Vancouver, BC - won Best Paper
  • Jaeger, BK, Freeman, SF, & Whalen, R, Payne, R* (2010). Successful Students: Smart or Tough. Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education, Louisville, KY. - won Best Conference Paper
  • Freeman, SF, Jaeger, BK, & Whalen, R (2009). When the Light Goes On: Illuminating the Pathway to Engineering. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Austin, TX
  • Whalen, R, Freeman, SF, & Jaeger, BK (2008). Agile Education: What We Thought We Knew About our Classes, What We Learned, and What We Did About It. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Jaeger, BK, Whalen, R, & Freeman, S (2007). Do They Like What They Learn, Do They Learn What They Like –And What Do We Do About It? Proceedings of the American Society for EngineeringEducation, Honolulu, HI.
  • Estell, J, Jaeger, BK, Whalen, R, Freeman, S & Yoder, JD (2007). Tower of Straws: Reaching New Heights with Active Learning in Engineering Design for the First-year Curriculum. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Honolulu, HI.
  • Brown, S*, Vacca, K*, Reisberg, R., Maheswaran, B, & Jaeger, BK (2006). Freshman Physics Program to Support Women in Engineering. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, New England Division, Chicago, IL.
  • Freeman, S, Whalen, R & Jaeger, BK (2006). Active Teaching, Active Learning: Infusing the Design Process in a First-Year Course. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Chicago, IL.
  • Jaeger, BK, Freeman, S, & Whalen, R (2005). Get with the program: Integrated Project Instead of a Comprehensive Final Exam in a First Programming Course. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Portland, OR.
  • Aburdene, M, Jaeger, B, & Freeman, S (2005). Empty-handed Demonstrations in Engineering: Think Inside the Box. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Portland, OR.
  • Whalen, R, Freeman, S, Jaeger, BK, &. Maheswaran, B (2005). Teamwork is Academic: The Gateway Approach to Teaching Engineering Freshman. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Portland, OR.
  • Jaeger, BK, Freeman, SF, & Brougham JC (2004). No Rockets, No Robots: Low Tech-Engineering Design Education with Credibility and Success. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Freeman, SF, Jaeger BK & Brougham, JC (2003). More Learning and Less Anxiety in a First Programming Course. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Nashville, TN.

Technical Presentations and Research Dissemination

  • Jaeger, BK & Freeman, SF, with Abbamonto, C*, Bowman, C*, Durfee, E*, and Hoey, M* (2006). Team Extreme: Pair programming Leverages the Power of Two Minds, Women in Science and Engineering Exposition, Northeastern University, Research Poster Presentation.
  • Freeman, S & Jaeger, BK (2005). Pair Programming Applied Successfully in a First Programming Course. Scholarship of Teaching and Leaning Publication, Center for Effective University Teaching, Northeastern University. Also presented as a Research Poster at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Symposium.