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AERIM Automotive-Themed REU Program: Organization, Activities, Outcomes and Lessons Learned

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Trends in Mechanical Engineering I

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Mechanical Engineering

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14

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22.150.1 - 22.150.14

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https://peer.asee.org/17431

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Laila Guessous Oakland University

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Laila Guessous, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Oakland University (OU) in Rochester, MI. Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of fluid mechanics and heat transfer, with an emphasis on computational methods. She is the program director for the NSF and DoD funded AERIM REU program at OU, as well as co-director of an NSF-funded International Research Experience for Students (IRES) collaborative research program with China on fluid and thermal transport in fuel cells.

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Qian Zou Oakland University

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Dr. Qian Zou is an Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University.

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Brian P. Sangeorzan Oakland University

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Dr. Brian Sangeorzan, is registered Professional Engineer and an Associate Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where he serves as the faculty advisor for the SAE student chapter and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and combustion for the past 27 years. His research interests generally include heat transfer and fluid mechanic phenomena in internal combustion engines, as well as the instrumentation and optical techniques for thermal/fluid measurements. Past research has included experimental methods for in-situ droplet and particle sizing in fuel sprays, high-speed flow visualization in I.C. engines, optical/thermal wave techniques for non-destructive measurements of thermal properties of thin films, and thermal system analysis of automotive paint curing ovens, the development of hydraulically-actuated turbines, and the study of exhaust gas heat transfer in engine exhaust manifolds. Current work includes thermal modeling of an engine lubrication system and engine piston heat transfer. He has served on a number of committees in the SAE International, and also serves on the SAE Detroit Section Governing Board. Dr. Sangeorzan has worked as a consultant to a number of companies and organizations, including Ford Motor Company, FEV Engine Technology, and General Motors Corporation.

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Xia Wang Oakland University

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Xia Wang (wang@oakland.edu) is an Assistant Professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Oakland University. Her research and teaching interest lie in the area of fluid mechanics and heat transfer, with an emphasis on fuel cell technology. She is the faculty participant of the REU program.

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Gary Barber Oakland University

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Lorenzo M. Smith Oakland University

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LianXiang Yang Oakland University

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Dr. Yang is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering of Oakland University, and the director of the advanced optical group of the university. His research interests lie in the areas of both developments and applications of modern optical measuring techniques, such as holography, Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometry, digital shearography, digital image correlation, 3D-computer vision and so on, for characterization of advanced materials with a focus on whole field, three dimensional measurements of contour, deformation/displacement, strain/stress, vibration, mechanical properties and so on. Dr. Yang has authored and co-authored over 120 scientific research papers, applied 8 patents, and published two books and one book chapter in these areas. Dr. Yang have served as guest editor for different journals, such as optical Engineering, Materials evaluation etc, and held key-note address for different international conferences.

Prof. Yang is a Fellow of the International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE), the Chairman of Material Modeling and Testing Committee of the International Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE International).

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David Schall Oakland University, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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J. David Schall is an Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University. His research interests lie chiefly in the area of computational materials and nanoscience.

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Michael A. Latcha Oakland University

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Abstract

AERIM Automotive-themed REU Program : Organization, Activities, Outcomes and Lessons LearnedAbstract:The department of Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University (OU) received funding in2006-2008 and in 2010-2012 through the National Science Foundation REU program and theDepartment of Defense ASSURE program to organize a summer research experience forundergraduates (REU) program that focuses on automotive and energy-related research. TheAutomotive and Energy Research and Industrial Mentorship (AERIM) REU program at OaklandUniversity aims to engage participants in rewarding automotive research experiences that exciteand motivate them to pursue careers in scientific and engineering research, and seeks to addressthe nationwide problem of the under-representation of women and minorities in the sciences,technology, engineering and math (STEM).The primary automotive focus of this program was a natural choice given OU’s close ties to andlocation near the world headquarters and engineering centers of the Big-Three automakers, aswell as over one hundred automotive suppliers in southeast Michigan. Student participants workin teams on automotive and energy-related research projects in mechanical engineering and alsotake part in other activities such as industrial research lab and facilities tours, meetings withworking engineers, conferences and seminars. A total of 37 students– more than half of whomwere female - from 30 different universities have so far taken part in the program since itsinception in 2006.The purpose of this paper is to present some of the lessons learned from the first four years of theprogram. Some of the planning, logistics, procedures and outcomes will be described andanalyzed based on the results from the pre- and post-surveys conducted to assess the program.Emphasis will be placed on the lessons learned: what worked, what didn’t work and whatimprovements can be made in the following years. We believe that this type of informationwould prove useful to others seeking to organize similar programs.

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