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Assessment of a Well-designed Mechanical Vibrations Course

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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Manufacturing Education for Emerging Technologies and Competitiveness

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25.224.1 - 25.224.11



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Mysore Narayanan Miami University

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Mysore Narayanan obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool, England in the area of electrical and electronic engineering. He joined Miami University in 1980 and teaches a wide variety of electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering courses. He has been invited to contribute articles to several encyclopedias and has published and presented dozens of papers at local, regional, national, and international conferences. He has also designed, developed, organized, and chaired several conferences for Miami University and conference sessions for a variety of organizations. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and is a member of ASME, SIAM, ASEE, and AGU. He is actively involved in CELT activities and regularly participates and presents at the Lilly Conference. He has been the recipient of several Faculty Learning Community awards. He is also very active in assessment activities and has presented more than thirty five papers at various assessment institutes. His posters in the areas of assessment, Bloom’s Taxonomy, and Socratic Inquisition have received widespread acclaim from several scholars in the area of cognitive science and educational methodologies. He has received the Assessment of Critical Thinking Award twice and is currently working towards incorporating writing assignments that enhance students’ critical thinking capabilities.

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Assessment of a well designed Mechanical Vibrations Course Most of the time, mechanical vibration poses a highly undesirable aspect in the area ofmanufacturing. This is because vibrations waste energy and create unwanted noise. Inaddition, vibrations may cause unnecessary wear and tear on bearings and foundation structuresof large equipment such as gasoline and diesel engines. Vibrations are frequently encounteredwith turbines and electric motors and generators. Therefore it is very important thatmanufacturing engineers study, in depth the topic of mechanical vibrations. According to thelaws of physics, sound and vibrations are very closely related. In other words, if one’sobjective is to reduce noise, one has to reduce vibrations. In this presentation the author provides guidelines towards generating a mathematicsbased curriculum in the area of mechanical vibrations. He draws from his experience and alsofrom various textbooks and relates them to the curriculum that is normally encountered in amechanical engineering program. He also provides outlines for conducting assessment usingappropriate data. This assessment data will be extremely useful for implementing ContinuousQuality Improvement. He also provides examples and analyzes assessment data.

Narayanan, M. (2012, June), Assessment of a Well-designed Mechanical Vibrations Course Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20984

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