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A Heat Conduction iPhone and iPad App for Engineering Education

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Real and Virtual - "New" Approaches to Teaching "Old" Courses

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Chemical Engineering

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23.54.1 - 23.54.11



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Jason M. Keith Mississippi State University

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Dr. Jason M. Keith is a professor within and the director of the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University. He is also holder of the Earnest W. Deavenport, Jr. Chair. Prior to joining Mississippi State University, Dr. Keith was employed at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Keith has received numerous teaching and research awards, most notably the Raymond W. Fahien Award from the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. Dr. Keith has taught courses in transport phenomena, separations, fuel cells, and hydrogen energy fundamentals during his academic career.

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Gerald C Nelson Mississippi State University

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Gerald Nelson is director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer. He currently manages OETT for Mississippi State University to protect and maximize value of IP on MSU campus. He also manages MSU Entrepreneurship Center, and the Hatcher Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. He is director of the Thad Cochran Endowment for Entrepreneurship at Mississippi State University. Since March 2006, he has mentored and funded campus-based start ups at MSU. He manages the endowment budget to accomplish the formation of an entrepreneurial culture at Mississippi State University. Nelson is also the director of the Entrepreneurship Program in the College of Engineering at Mississippi State University.
He implemented the Entrepreneurship program at MSU in March 2001 to establish relations and invite entrepreneurial leaders and experts to Seminar Series. He mentors students involved in the program, plans and executes Project Teams, and markets the program to students. He advises the Entrepreneurship Club and the Engineering Toastmasters Club.
From July 1999 to March 2001, Nelson was the chief operating officer at Deka Medical Inc. in Columbus, Miss. In this role, he was responsible for manufacturing operations in U.S. and the Dominican Republic. Nelson was also a corporate executive with Mills & Partners from 1993 to November 1998.

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Abby Thompson Mississippi State University

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Abby Thompson is the Entrepreneurship program coordinator in the Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer at Mississippi State University. Through her current role at the university, Thompson works to cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation among faculty, staff, and students. Thompson assists faculty and student start-up companies with developing strategic business and marketing plans. Thompson manages the MSU Business Incubator and the MSU Entrepreneurship Center. Thompson also manages the Jack Hatcher Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate program in the Bagley College of Engineering at MSU to enhance business skills in engineering students. Thompson received her Bachelors Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a M.B.A. from Mississippi State University.

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John Louis Gazzini Nimbus Mobile LLC

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Read Sprabery Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University

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A Heat Conduction iPhone and iPad App for Engineering Education ABSTRACTStudies have shown that most students learn by doing. This is increasingly becoming true intoday’s generation which is full of texting, tweeting, and emails. Students are always on theirphones, so why not use them in the classroom? In this paper, we report on the design of a heatconduction app to help students visualize the solution of an unsteady-state heat conductionproblem. The mathematical solution to this problem requires some advanced mathematics, andstudents usually get bogged down in the details of the solution, without understanding theimpacts of the mathematical assumptions and/or model parameters on the resulting solution. Theapp allows students to easily see the temperature profile in the object as a function of time forheating or cooling, and the impact of the system parameters such as the thermal conductivity,heat capacity, density, length, and heat transfer coefficient on the resulting solution.

Keith, J. M., & Nelson, G. C., & Thompson, A., & Gazzini, J. L., & Sprabery, R. (2013, June), A Heat Conduction iPhone and iPad App for Engineering Education Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19068

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