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A Workshop On Experiments In Materials Engineering And Technology From New: Update 98

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.48.1 - 4.48.2

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James A. Jacobs

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Session 0564

A Workshop on Experiments in Materials Engineering and Technology From NEW:Update 98

James A. Jacobs School of Science and Technology Norfolk State University

The experiments demonstrated at this workshop resulted from the National Educators’ Workshop:Update 98 - Experiments in Engineering Materials, Science and Technology (NEW:Update 98). The workshop was held in New York, on November 1 - 4, 1998 and hosted by Brookhaven National Laboratory, Columbia University and University of Stony Brook with the sponsorship of BNL, NASA, NIST, Norfolk State University and the Gateway Engineering Coalition. This 13th annual NEW:Update continued the work of strengthening materials education. About 100 participants witnessed demonstrations of experiments, discussed issues of materials science and engineering (MSE) with people from education, industry, government, and technical societies, heard about new MS&E developments, and chose from nine, three-hour mini workshops in state-of-the-art research facilities at BLN, Columbia, and USB. Faculty in attendance represented high schools, community colleges, smaller colleges, and major universities from the US, Costa Rico and Mexico. Undergraduate and graduate students also attended and presented.

NEW:Update 98 participants saw the demonstration of about forty experiments and aided in evaluating them. We also heard updating information relating to materials science, engineering and technology presented at plenary sessions.

NEW:Updates have concentrated on enhancing MSE education. The annual gatherings have placed emphasis on updating educators and students and providing laboratory experiments and on emerging technology for teaching fundamental and newly evolving materials concepts. The events have also resulted in a national materials education network to enhance MSE education at the community college and university levels as well as providing support to math, science, and technology education to pre college students.

The NEW:Update series, has become a rational focus for improved materials engineering education and research. Keeping the series of workshops going annually has been a challenge due to ever decreasing of funds to support these important activities. NASA, DOE, NSU, NIST, and Boeing Airplane Company have provided crucial support to maintain the workshops' continuation. The automotive industry has recently joined our partnership. The project relies on scores of peopling helping to make it successful, including authors of experiments, volunteers who organize and manage each workshop, college and university faculty who participate and spread the word, and staff and members of technical societies as ASEE, ASMI, MRS, and ICME.

Jacobs, J. A. (1999, June), A Workshop On Experiments In Materials Engineering And Technology From New: Update 98 Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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