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An Interdisciplinary Experimental Engineering Projects Course Development

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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ETD Projects

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Engineering Technology

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Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University

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Faruk Yildiz is currently an Associate Professor of
Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University.
His primary teaching areas are in Electronics,
Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Alternative Energy Systems. Research interests include: low power energy
harvesting systems, renewable energy technologies
and education.

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Keith L. Coogler Sam Houston State University

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Dr. Keith L. Coogler is an instructor of engineering technology at Sam Houston State University. He received a BS in Design & Development and holds a MA in Industrial Education and Ed.D. in Higher Education from Texas A&M University – Commerce. His primary teaching area is Construction Management. Research interests include: automation, electronics, alternative energy, and “green” construction.

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Engineering Technology (ET) program is one of the unique programs at Sam Houston State University. The program houses five degrees and variety of minors. The programs offered in the department are: a) B.S. Engineering Technology (Electronics and Safety Management concentration options), b) Construction Management, c) Design & Development, d) Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology, and d) Industrial Education. All the students enrolled in one of these degrees must take same major core and degree specific courses as part of curriculum requirements on top of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics courses. The common more core courses are Electronic Circuits, Engineering Graphics, and Industrial Safety Management etc. With these requirements students learn common basics for ET programs. In the ET programs there is no capstone (senior design) course is available but will be developed and embedded in the curriculum next curriculum cycle (2017). Due to department enrollment challenges a capstone course left behind as future plan course. Instead students are enrolled in directed/independent study courses to involve in degree specific projects under the supervision of appropriate major instructor. This volunteer course work is accomplished by the specific major faculty without any compensations. This year a course titled “Engineering Experimental Projects” is developed and offered to any ET major and minor students. The goal of this course is to engage ET students to engineering related interdisciplinary projects. The first semester enrollment was twenty students from six different majors finishing twelve different projects in four two five student groups. The major of the each student in the group was different. The nature of the projects, student feedback, challenges, and outcomes will be shared with academia in the extended paper.

Yildiz, F., & Coogler, K. L. (2017, June), An Interdisciplinary Experimental Engineering Projects Course Development Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27576

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