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An Outreach Program Focusing on Design Process and 3-D-printing

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Integrating Additive Manufacturing Practices in Education

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Ahmed Cherif Megri North Carolina A&T State University

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Dr. Ahmed C. Megri is an Associate Professor of engineering. He received his HDR (Dr. Habilitation) in
Engineering Sciences, from Marie and Pierre Curie University, Paris VI (Sorbonne Universites), in 2011, and his PhD in Thermal Engineering, from Lyon Institute of Technology in 1995. He wrote more than 100 papers in journal and international conferences. His research interests include thermal and mechanical
modeling and simulation of materials. He participate in multiple projects, including the Development of
a Model for The Metal Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing Process. Dr. Ahmed Cherif
Megri is currently the chair of the NCAT CAM’s Education subcommittee. He contributed to the outreach CAM since 2015.

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Sameer Hamoush P.E. North Carolina A&T State University

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Professor and Chair of Civil and Architectural Engineering Department

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Donna Lynn Stallings

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Mrs. Donna Stallings currently works for Lincoln University as a staff member in the Career Services Department. She retired in May 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. She received a Master’s in Secondary Education with an emphasis in mathematics in 2000 from Lincoln University. Mrs. Stallings taught mathematics courses ranging from freshman level courses to dual credit Calculus in local schools in the area since 1995. Mrs. Stallings received the top honor of teacher of the year as a faculty member prior to retiring and has been awarded various educational development grants from Texas Instruments, NSA, NSF, and DOE. Mrs. Stallings currently manages two federal and one privately supported grant as a staff member of the university. She is interested in developing community programs for youth to encourage them to take an interest in STEM; developing supportive STEM programs for school districts struggling with maintaining high performance levels; supporting undergraduate students using internships and research to minimize student debt; and in exposing undergraduates to research so that they see research as a viable long-term career option.

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Over two summers, we conducted a summer teaching class about advanced manufacturing and 3D printing (project with Department of Energy DOE). 3D printing is going to be one of the most innovative technologies of the current century, with diverse applications in education, engineering, art, and design. With our summer program, our objective is to serve advance manufacturing, as an evolving technology and to improve STEM education and prepare the new generation of high-school students (future engineers) by the use of the existing tools. Through the use of programs, such as CREO and Autodesk Inventor, as well as 3D printing concepts, we include both technology and basic traditional STEM knowledge, such as math and science. These tools allow the students to reach their objectives without going through complex mathematics and engineering concepts and methods. This way, these projects will mostly focus on critical thinking and the development of creative solutions to problems. Without deep mathematics knowledge, students were able to conceptualize, customize and prototype their design. The visual nature of these tools (CREO and Inventor), and the 3D printing technology enabled high-school students to grasp the technology and concepts very quickly. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the design and implementation of an experiment, from basic parts. In particular, we will discuss the lesson learned, such as:

- Instead of going through the program chapter by chapter, we are encouraging collaboration and integrated work, through a set of projects that students need to select only five of them that fit their need and curiosity. - Going through the design process, step-by-step: define the problem, background research, specify the requirements, brainstorm solutions, development work, prepare the prototype and finally assessment and analysis. Students have the ability to create their own designs using tools to reach a creative design and concrete outcomes.

Most importantly, project methodology will be discussed. We discuss the project design program from students’ point of view, and the experience earned in design, integration, and also in written and oral communication skills. Methodology used to evaluate the effectiveness of this design program in term of learning outcomes is also described.

Megri, A. C., & Hamoush, S., & Stallings, D. L. (2018, June), An Outreach Program Focusing on Design Process and 3-D-printing Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29798

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