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An Online Learning Community to Conduct Collaborative Education and Innovation in Renewable Energy, Environment, and Manufacturing

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

Start Date

July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Manufacturing Division Technical Session - Online and Remote Learning Communities

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Manufacturing

Page Count

13

DOI

10.18260/1-2--36680

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https://peer.asee.org/36680

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Richard Chiou Drexel University

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Dr. Richard Chiou is Associate Professor within the Engineering Technology Department at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His educational background is in manufacturing with an emphasis on mechatronics. In addition to his many years of industrial experience, he has taught many different engineering and technology courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. His tremendous research experience in manufacturing includes environmentally conscious manufacturing, Internet based robotics, and Web based quality. In the past years, he has been involved in sustainable manufacturing for maximizing energy and material recovery while minimizing environmental impact.

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Tzu-Liang Bill Tseng University of Texas at El Paso

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Dr. Bill Tseng is a Professor and Chair of Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at the UTEP. He is also a Director of Research Institute for Manufacturing & Engineering Systems, the host institute of Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center at UTEP. He received his two MSIE degrees (MFG & DS/OR) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa. Dr. Tseng is also a Certified Manufacturing Engineer from Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Dr. Tseng’s research area cover emergency management, systems engineering, computational intelligence/data analytics and cyber engineering technology. Over the years, he has served more than 10 million dollars as principle investigators sponsored by NSF, NIST, USDT, DoEd, KSEF and industry like LMCO, GM and Tyco Inc. Dr. Tseng delivered research results to many refereed journals such as IEEE Transactions, IIE Transactions, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Expert Systems with Applications and other conferences (over 260 refereed publications). He is currently serving as an editor of Journal of Computer Standards & Interfaces (CSI) and editor boards of International Journal of Data Mining, Modeling and Management (JDMMM) and American Journal of Industrial and Business Management (AJIBM). He is currently a Senior Member of Institute of Industrial Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Division Chair of Manufacturing Division of American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He is also actively involved in several consortia activities.

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Irina Nicoleta Ciobanescu Husanu Drexel University

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Irina Ciobanescu Husanu, Ph. D. is Assistant Clinical Professor with Drexel University, Engineering Technology program. Her area of expertise is in thermo-fluid sciences with applications in micro-combustion, fuel cells, green fuels and plasma assisted combustion. She has prior industrial experience in aerospace engineering that encompasses both theoretical analysis and experimental investigations such as designing and testing of propulsion systems including design and development of pilot testing facility, mechanical instrumentation, and industrial applications of aircraft engines. Also, in the past 10 years she gained experience in teaching ME and ET courses in both quality control and quality assurance areas as well as in thermal-fluid, energy conversion and mechanical areas from various levels of instruction and addressed to a broad spectrum of students, from freshmen to seniors, from high school graduates to adult learners. She also has extended experience in curriculum development. Dr Husanu developed laboratory activities for Measurement and Instrumentation course as well as for quality control undergraduate and graduate courses in ET Masters program. Also, she introduced the first experiential activity for Applied Mechanics courses. She is coordinator and advisor for capstone projects for Engineering Technology.

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Michael G. Mauk Drexel University

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Michael Mauk is Assistant Professor in Drexel University's Engineering Technology program.

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Regina Ruane Ph.D. Temple University

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Regina Ruane, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Data Science Institute at Temple University and an Assistant Professor of Statistical Science. Formerly, she was the Director of the First-Year Exploratory Program at Drexel University. Additionally, Dr. Ruane teaches for the online Bachelor of Science in Education and at Drexel and serves as a consultant for the US Department of Education DHSIP project– Fusing Green Energy into Manufacturing Engineering Education to Cultivate a Technical Success and Leadership Excellence Among Hispanic Engineering Students. In particular, she aids in the development and organization of a secure, web-based forum for student engagement for this project. Dr. Ruane’s pedagogical and research interests include network science, data science and data analytics, online learning.
Dr. Ruane earned her doctorate from Drexel University. She completed her Master of Arts degree at Columbia University and her baccalaureate degree at Villanova University. Dr. Ruane presents nationally and internationally on blended and online education, network science and analytics. This past April, Dr. Ruane presented her research at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting.

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Abstract

The paper presents the development of a multi-university online leaning community for a collaborative project implemented for students for experiencing a real-life situation and enhancing knowledge acquisition in renewable energy, environment, and manufacturing. Widespread interest in green and sustainable industries is resulting from a general recognition of the need for systems that meet societal needs without long-term degradation of the environment. With the growing interest in renewable energy and sustainable technologies, there is a need for individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and sustain online learning community. A new generation of industry needs to be equipped to function in the interdisciplinary environment typical of sustainable technologies and virtual reality (VR). Three universities are working together to develop a green STEM that prepares participants for careers in the emerging manufacturing industries by enhancing their knowledge in renewable resource development. In order to optimize resources and to utilize expertise at multiple institutions, the program are delivered through online learning community, making it accessible anywhere in the world. The multidisciplinary project involves several different areas of study that directly support VR-based laboratory, including renewable energy, environment, and manufacturing. The approach draws from studies of scientific collaboration, student learning outcomes, and social network analysis. The lessons learned from this round of assessments will be used to improve the collaborative project.

Chiou, R., & Tseng, T. B., & Ciobanescu Husanu, I. N., & Mauk, M. G., & Ruane, R. (2021, July), An Online Learning Community to Conduct Collaborative Education and Innovation in Renewable Energy, Environment, and Manufacturing Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36680

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