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Board # 123 : Engaged Student Learning Project: Challenges and Lessons Learned

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Rambod Rayegan Prairie View A&M University

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Rambod Rayegan is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department at Prairie view A & M University. He has a strong background in conducting research in building energy efficiency and renewable power generation for buildings. He served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at University of North Texas before joining PVAMU. He oversaw the research in the Zero Energy Laboratory at UNT and worked as a researcher at UNT in the sustainable energy area. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Florida International University. He has been member with prestigious Honor Societies such as Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi and Golden Key. He has published number of conference, Journal papers and book chapters in energy and sustainability area. He is a reviewer of several Journals in energy efficiency area. He is a member of the Editorial Board of ASME Early Career Technical Journal. Raised in Tehran, Iran, Dr. Rayegan now lives in Houston. He has served as an instructor at Semnan University, Iran for 5 years. He was selected as the best teacher of the Mechanical Engineering Department by students during 2002-2003 academic year and the best senior project supervisor in 2003-2004 academic year. He has served as a consultant in three companies in the field of air conditioning and hydraulic power plants.

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Title: Engaged Student Learning Project: Challenges and Lessons Learned This engaged student learning project is focused on the development and implementation of a new software-assisted, project-based technical elective course and its associated laboratory in building energy efficiency and green building design. The primary goals of the project are to engage mechanical engineering students in the learning process and to make them prepared for the workforce in building-related fields. The purpose of this paper is to elaborate on challenges of conducting this project for the first year as well as lessons learned in overcoming these challenges.

The course was implemented for the first time in Fall 2016 in a minority serving university. Three core components of the project are (a) establishing a building energy efficiency laboratory; (b) developing and implementing a new elective course curriculum; and (c) developing partnership with local building-related industry.

All three core components that were slated to happen as part of the initial planning and development phase were completed. The major challenge that inevitably altered the project timeline was with the logistics of the lab establishment. There were challenges in delivering course materials with the new approach as well. The challenges at different stages of implementation of the project on allocating time, budget, and personnel as well as the curriculum development and delivery will be shared in this paper. Lessons learned from the first year implementation of this project can be used by the Principle Investigator as a formative assessment to improve the process for the second year of implementation. This paper can also inform engineering education researchers of the challenges and potential strategies to overcome these challenges and help them be more strategic during proposal writing and implementation of similar projects.

Rayegan, R. (2017, June), Board # 123 : Engaged Student Learning Project: Challenges and Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27714

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