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Architectural Engineering Curriculum and HVAC Systems Capstone Design

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Curriculum Innovations in Architectural Engineering Education

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22.222.1 - 22.222.13



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Ahmed Cherif Megri University of Wyoming

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Dr. Ahmed Cherif Megri, Associate Professor of architectural engineering at the University of Wyoming (UW), teaches several HVAC and energy courses. Dr. Megri is also teaching a course titled “Comprehensive Performance of Building Envelope and HVAC Systems” for Summer School at UW, and “Smoke and Fire Dynamics” during summer session at Concordia University, Canada. His research areas include airflow modeling, zonal modeling, energy modeling, and artificial intelligence modeling using the support vector machine learning approach.
Prior to his actual position at UW, he was an assistant professor and the director of Architectural Engineering Program at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He was responsible for developing the current architectural engineering undergraduate and master’s programs at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). During his stay at IIT, he taught fundamental engineering courses, such as thermodynamics and heat transfer, as well as design courses, such as HVAC, energy, plumbing, fire protection and lighting. Also, he supervise many courses in the frame of interprofessional projects program (IPRO).

In few months, Dr. Megri will defend his “Habilitation” (HDR) degree at Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris VI, Sorbonne Universities.

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ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING CURRICULUM AND HVAC SYSTEMSCAPSTONE DESIGNThe architectural engineering program at the University of Wyoming offers four HVAC courses,beginning with the fundamentals of HVAC and culminating in a capstone design course. Thispaper describes the experiences we encountered over the past several years while developing andteaching the HVAC curricula in the Architectural Engineering program. We emphasize theimportance of how such disciplines as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer andelectricity together create a successful curriculum. In addition, we describe briefly the history ofthe architectural engineering curriculum at University of Wyoming, the capstone design HVACproject, and the HVAC design process.Most importantly, project methodology will be discussed, beginning with system selection (fancoil, VAV terminal box, under floor air distribution system, displacement ventilation and beamsystem), heating and cooling load estimation, systems sizing, airflow distribution,commissioning and culminating with administrative topics. We demonstrate this methodologythrough the use of a comprehensive design project.We discuss the capstone design program from students’ point of view, and the experience earnedin design, integration, and also in written and oral communication skills. Methodology used toevaluate the effectiveness of the capstone design program in term of learning outcomes is alsodescribed. 

Megri, A. C. (2011, June), Architectural Engineering Curriculum and HVAC Systems Capstone Design Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17503

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