Thayer School of Engineering expands SOLIDWORKS implementation

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 15 September 2014
Thayer School of Engineering expands SOLIDWORKS implementation

The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, has expanded its implementation of Dassault Systèmes’ SOLIDWORKS software.

Powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, SOLIDWORKS has now been introduced to all higher education engineering courses as part of The Thayer School’s core curriculum.

One of the US’s oldest professional schools of engineering, The Thayer School will enable its students to begin using the SOLIDWORKS applications during their freshman or sophomore year as part of the school’s Introduction to Engineering course. 

“As educators, it’s our responsibility to attract, train and retain the engineers of tomorrow,” said Dr. Solomon G. Diamond, associate professor, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. “It’s important to provide an environment that is fun and exciting, and design tools that facilitate problem-based experiential learning. SOLIDWORKS is a vital part of our students’ learning experience. Because of our approach, students don’t have much time to be trained on design software, so the short learning curve of SOLIDWORKS is critical for students to undergo an innovation process that’s similar to industry.”

With SOLIDWORKS applications, students can study and identify the engineering principles of analysis, experimentation and design for real problems faced in the field. Students can then propose solutions, build prototypes, test and refine their solution, before presenting final recommendations to a panel of faculty staff. 

“We’re extremely proud of our long-standing partnership with Dr. Diamond and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth,” said Philippe Forestier, executive vice president, Global Affairs, Dassault Systèmes. “Specifically, it’s a shining example of how SOLIDWORKS applications have been implemented to change engineering education. It’s wonderful to see not only what the students design and manufacture, but also the success they achieve as a result of Thayer’s programs. With over 30% female student enrollment, the Thayer School is setting the bar in another important area as well.” 

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