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Dr. Jahanian, our founder, has published several research papers (more than 40) and secured several research grants from governmental agencies, as well as industry.

The workshops which are offered in this course are in particular designed to enhance the learning capacity of students, to ensure their success in the the FE / EIT exam.

Below is a summary of his research and publications in this area:

Pedagogical Research

Dr. Jahanian spent several years to understand:

  • How people learn?

  • Is it possible to increase the ability at which a  student learns by the teaching method?

  • Why some Engineering students get discouraged and drop out of school?

    • Is it the student's fault or instructor's fault?

    • Is it possible to help a student who has been out of school for several years to get an engineering degree?

  • How can we enhance the rate of learning of a students?

In his paper titled:

Multidisciplinary Project: a tool for learning the subject matter”,
which was published in Jan, 1999 issue of journal of Engineering Education, he realize the fact that students come to class with the following learning styles:

  1. Some students learn just by theory

  2. Some students learn by relating the subject to something of familiar

  3. Some students learn by testing and experimentations.

  4. Some students learn by applications.

Based on his findings he has designed a method that is conducive for a student to learn the most in a short period. Later he uses this technique to enhance the interest of Mechanical Engineering students to minor in Electrical Engineering and published the following paper.

Motivating mechanical engineers to minor in electrical engineering

Authors: Jahanian, S.; Matthews, J.M.
DOI: 10.1109/13.746336
Published in: Education, IEEE Transactions,Volume 42, Issue 1, Feb 1999 Pages: 59 - 64

The objective of this paper is to describe an innovative teaching technique consisting of pedagogy and motivation as instruments to gradually enhance the interest of mechanical engineering students for minoring in electrical engineering. A study was conducted comparing the performance of 87 students in four classes majoring in mechanical engineering at Temple University, USA. Confidentially conducted student surveys were statistically analyzed. In conclusion, the number of students opting to take up a minor in electrical engineering gradually increased from 0 to 36% reflecting the gradual increase in electrical engineering content, through an emphasis on pedagogical strategy and the motivation provided

He also used his technique to enhance the creativity of students and publish another paper as follows:

A Pedagogical Strategy for Gradual Enhancement of Creative Performance of the Students

Authors: James M. Matthews; Shahriar Jahanian
DOI: 10.1080/03043799908923537
Publication Frequency: 6 issues per year
Published in: European Journal of Engineering Education, Volume 24, Issue 1 March 1999 , pages 49 - 58

The objective of this paper is to describe a pedagogical strategy for gradual enhancement of creative performance among students by using interdisciplinary hands-on projects. A study was conducted comparing 66 students' performances on creativity in three classes—Fall 1996, Spring 1997 and Fall 1997—consisting of juniors and seniors at Temple University. All the students were tested on the creative opportunities actually taught by the projects presented to the students, theoretical aspects of creativity on a specially designed test and the learning process. The results of evaluation on the creativity of the models, the theory tests and the learning process indicated that the pedagogical strategy did help in gradually enhancing the creativity performance of the students.
Based on our director’s years of research and the techniques; we have implemented these techniques in our classrooms and workshop, and have the confidence that you will pass the EIT exam.


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