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A Multi Institutional Interdisciplinary Distance Controls Experiment: Bringing Engineering And Engineering Technology Students Together

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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To Design and Conduct Experiments

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7.68.1 - 7.68.11



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James Benson

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John Baker

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David Silverstein

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Session 2666

A Multi-Institutional Interdisciplinary Distance Controls Experiment: Bringing Engineering and Engineering Technology Students Together

John R. Baker1, David L. Silverstein1, James M. Benson2 1 University of Kentucky 2 Murray State University


The University of Kentucky (UK) Extended Campus Programs in Paducah along with Murray State University (MuSU) have developed the first experiment in what is expected to become a sequence of projects involving students in mechanical engineering technology enrolled at MuSU and mechanical and chemical engineering students at UK. This collaborative effort involves utilizing the design skills of the UK students to develop transfer functions required to model and design a control system for an Electrohydraulic Actuation (EHA) position control apparatus located in the Motion Control Laboratory on the MuSU campus. MuSU students use their hands-on skills to develop the hardware system and implement the control scheme. Students at UK and MuSU then jointly (via the Internet) operate the equipment, conduct experiments, report observations, troubleshoot problems, and evaluate both success and failure. In addition to the practical experience in controls education, students at both campuses learn about the sort of interaction engineers and technologists typically have in the workplace and develop an appreciation for their symbiotic professional relationship. Future work will involve students from both institutions working together in close contact, further developing the understanding and appreciation of the roles each will fill in the future; extending the projects to include systems of interest to chemical engineers; and involving students located at the main campus of the University of Kentucky in the projects.

1. Introduction

An educational pilot program, related to control system design, implementation, and analysis, was completed in Fall, 2001. It involved collaboration between the electromechanical engineering technology department at Murray State University in Murray, KY, and the mechanical1 and chemical2 engineering departments at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Extended Campus Program in Paducah, KY. The project included development of a fully functioning Electrohydraulic Actuation (EHA) position control system as a class project for engineering technology students at “Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2002, American Society for Engineering Education”

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Benson, J., & Baker, J., & Silverstein, D. (2002, June), A Multi Institutional Interdisciplinary Distance Controls Experiment: Bringing Engineering And Engineering Technology Students Together Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10817

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