Turning Ideas into Reality

I. Course description

Through tours, speakers, projects, and competitions we will explore the world of engineering using creativity, teamwork, and problem solving. Anyone who has an interest in turning his or her ideas into reality, regardless of background, is welcome tocome join the fun!

II. Instructor’s educational preparation and current employment
  • 8 engineering internships during college
  • B.S. & M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri Columbia
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida at Tampa
  • 3 years working for Motorola as an Engineer
  • 6 year directing the MOVES (Motivational Outreach for Visions of Engineering and Science) 501(c)3 nonprofit youth outreach program (with 50 plus interactive math, science and engineering workshops per year)
  • Currently Adjunct Faculty at the University of Texas at Austin College of Engineering (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Also Currently Youth Minister for the 501(c)3 nonprofit Real Life Communications using dance, drama, music and speaking at school assemblies to bring about positive change in young people

Ronald E. Bell II, Ph.D.

  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • College of Engineering
  • rbell@mail.utexas.edu
  • 5122323340
  • Elect & Computer Engr
  • Campus Mail Code: C0803
  • University of Texas
  • Austin, TX 78712
III. Rationale for inclusion in a program for gifted students
  • Preparing students for a career in engineering
  • There is a demand from the students
  • Allow them to combine and apply advanced mathematics and science skills in the context of teamwork, problem solving and creativity with engineering
IV. Major topics covered


  • Electrical, Civil, Industrial, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering
  • Teamwork, Creativity and Problem Solving
  • Design, Building and Testing


  • Tessellations
  • Architecture
  • Golden ratio
V. Prerequisite knowledge
  • Minimum: Algebra I, 1 year of High School Science
  • Preferred: 2 years of High School Math and Science
  • Best: Algebra I & II, Trigonometry, Geometry, Physics
VI. Learning objectives
  • Increase knowledge of Engineering
  • Improve teamwork, problem solving and creativity skills
  • Awareness of how the math and science learned in the classroom applies to the world
  • Learn the Design, Building and Testing process of engineering
VII. Primary source material

Self-written book “PreEngineering” and “Structures”

VIII. Supplementary source material
  • Videos
  • Engineering Company Tours
  • Guest Engineering Speakers