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Board 135: Undergraduate Projects/Research in a Liberal Arts College

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Conference

2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Baltimore , Maryland

Publication Date

June 25, 2023

Start Date

June 25, 2023

End Date

June 28, 2023

Conference Session

Mechanical Engineering Division (MECH) Poster Session

Tagged Division

Mechanical Engineering Division (MECH)

Page Count

2

DOI

10.18260/1-2--42453

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https://peer.asee.org/42453

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Niloofar Kamran Cornell College

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Abstract

I teach at a liberal arts college with an emphasis on teaching. As faculty members, we are asked to gear our research toward undergraduate students. We spend eight weeks in the summer doing research. I have done three of them so far. In this poster, I will explain these three projects, how the students get involved, and their educational outcomes. The first project was designing a touchless piano. I had a student who was a pianist and was interested in doing research over the summer. I found the idea of a gesture-controlled piano online, and two of my students followed the steps of the open-source project and added new features to the final design. In this project, students use both their liberal arts and engineering education. The next project had a space theme. My students were interested in space debris and mitigation techniques. Inspired by the net-launcher idea. My student designed and built a net launcher that used compressed air to eject the net. This project brought the subject of space debris to the attention of the college’s community. The third project was building a small wind tunnel. I had two students working on this project, one junior and one freshman. One of them had taken the fluid mechanics class, which was a must if they were to work on the wind tunnel. It was an educational project, and the students used many technical skills they gained in design and manufacturing classes. I was hoping for the wind tunnel to be usable for the fluid mechanics class, but some of the not-very-wise design choices prevent it from being a reliable machine. This poster's goal will be to showcase the research/independent project options for undergrad students in a liberal arts college with an engineering program.

Kamran, N. (2023, June), Board 135: Undergraduate Projects/Research in a Liberal Arts College Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland. 10.18260/1-2--42453

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