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A Case Study on Students' Senior Design Experience in the EPA P3 Competition

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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Andrew H. Rosenthal Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach

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After serving as a Navy Nuclear Reactor Operator for 6 years aboard the nuclear powered submarine, the USS Asheville, a new path was paved into the power generation community. With the experience that was gained not only professionally but personally as well, it became possible to achieve anything attempted. The decision to come to school was a thoughtful one, which would allow for the skills learned in the military to flourish in an educational environment. Becoming a leader in the Clean Energy Senior Design allowed for the excelling of the program in a way that was never thought possible. By adhering to strict deadlines and turning in quality work, the project was completed on time, while meeting every customer requirement designated. The unparalleled managerial skills that were implemented in the senior design project, which are taught in the military, allowed for an overall project success.

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Yan Tang Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ., Daytona Beach Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Yan Tang is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Her current research in engineering education focuses on cognitive load theory, deliberate practice, and effective pedagogical practices. Her background is in dynamics and controls.

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The P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) competition is a national collegiate sustainability design competition sponsored by the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Since 2012, we have integrated the P3 competition with the capstone design course of Clean Energy Systems track in mechanical engineering as an effective educational vehicle for introducing the concept of sustainable design. This paper presents the senior design project to demonstrate how a collegiate design competition could effectively motivate and engage students. The paper explains the design challenges, the design process, examples of the design work, and the students’ performance evaluation.

Rosenthal, A. H., & Tang, Y. (2016, June), A Case Study on Students' Senior Design Experience in the EPA P3 Competition Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26269

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