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Augmenting High School Student Interest in STEM Education Using Advanced Manufacturing Technology

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Additive Manufacturing Practices

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26.269.1 - 26.269.13



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Tzu-Liang Bill Tseng University of Texas

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Dr. Tseng is a Professor and Chair of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at UTEP. His research focuses on the computational intelligence, data mining, bio- informatics and advanced manufacturing. Dr. Tseng published in many refereed journals such as IEEE Transactions, IIE Transaction, Journal of Manufacturing Systems and others. He has been serving as a principle investigator of many research projects, funded by NSF, NASA, DoEd, KSEF and LMC. He is currently serving as an editor of Journal of Computer Standards & Interfaces.

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Aditya Akundi University of Texas Orcid 16x16

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Aditya Akundi is currently a doctoral student at the University of Texas at El Paso in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) track. He earned a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2012. He has worked on a number of projects in the field of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Additive Manufacturing and Green Energy Manufacturing. He is the current president of INCOSE UTEP student chapter along with being involved in UTEP Green Fund committee. His research interests are in Systems Engineering & Architecture, Complex systems, Systems testing and Application of Entropy to Complex Systems.

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Juan Alejandro Saavedra University of Texas

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Born in Texcoco, Estado de Mexico, Mexico on June 14, 1984. Grow up in Madison Wisconsin, USA & Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Obtained Bachelor degree in Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso in 2010. Worked for Johnson & Johnson medical device sector from 2010 to 2012, in the Global Operation Leadership Program. Obtained a Master of science degree in Manufacturing engineer in 2012. Worked as Quality engineering at General Labels from 2012 to 2014. Currently a PhD student at UTEP with expected graduation in 2016.

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Eric D. Smith University of Texas

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Eric D. Smith is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), He works within the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering (IMSE) Department, in particular with the Master of Science in Systems Engineering Program. He earned a B.S. in Physics in 1994, an M.S. in Systems Engineering in 2003, and his Ph.D. in Systems and Industrial Engineering in 2006 from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. His dissertation research lay at the interface of systems engineering, cognitive science, and multi-criteria decision making. He earned his J.D. from Northwestern California University School of Law.

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Augmenting High School Student Interest in STEM Education Using Advanced Manufacturing TechnologyEngineering effective education is gaining a huge interest for harvesting and improving highereducation on a global basis for increasing student engagement in Science, Technology,Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). As a part of this effort, this paper is based on introducinghigh school students towards Additive Manufacturing technologies for improving their interest inScience, Technology, and Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The instructional set upinvolved using of Solid Works® software by high school students to develop computer aideddesign models which were then visualized and printed using 3D Printers. Design of Experiments(DOE) based statistical techniques were then used to identify the best built conditions for theparts developed by the students. The approach for creating an effective learning environment forhigh school students in a university setting along with the course structure used and projectfindings are presented in this paper. It is found that the students involved had a betterunderstanding comparatively at the concluding phases of this project on how engineeringproblems are tackled using the tools available at their disposal.

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