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Board 38: Experiential Learning Opportunities through Collaborative Projects

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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Design in Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Rustin G. Vogt California State University Sacramento

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Rustin Vogt is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Sacramento. Professor Vogt holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Science Engineering. His teaching focus is on Materials Selection in Design and Sustainability, Manufacturing, Machine Design, and the capstone senior project course. Professor Vogt was the lead faculty on for the CSU Sacramento State entry into the 2016 SMUD Tiny House Competition and played a supporting role in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. Current research focus is on product design, biodiesel production, energy monitoring, home automation, and trailer towing dynamics.

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Gareth W Figgess California State University, Sacramento

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Gareth Figgess is a professor of Construction Management at California State University, Sacramento. He teaches a range of courses including construction surveying and layout, soils and foundations, and construction graphics and visualization. Professor Figgess’ professional background is predominantly infrastructure and heavy-civil related, but since joining the faculty at CSU Sacramento in 2013, he has pursued several research opportunities in sustainability and net-zero energy building design. Professor Figgess was the lead faculty advisor for the CSU Sacramento entry into the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 and played a supporting role in the 2016 SMUD Tiny House Competition. Figgess holds a BS in Construction Management and an MBA. His research interests include sustainability, water conservation, and renewable energy, as well as methods of teaching and learning.

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In 2016, UNIVERSITY built a tiny house to compete in an intercollegiate competition sponsored through the local utility. The competition was modeled after the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon event in 2015. The resultant Tiny House is now used as a research platform for home automation systems. Students are currently working on systems that will monitor and control all of the home’s features. The data collected is displayed in the home to give an occupant a real-time full energy profile of the house. The data display is a temperature profile, the energy required to maintain an indoor climate, water flow rate, water temperature, cooling kwh, heating energy, light controls, and power consumption. The setup is designed to inform the occupant and promote behavior modifications and directly visualize energy usage and relate that to utility costs. The house features a full kitchen and bath and can display how much energy is used to take a 5 min 110 F degree shower for example. 15,000 event attendees toured the tiny house featured as an exhibit at the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver Colorado. Two faculty members towed the student-built home to Denver Colorado where it was on display at the states capital, Coors field, and science museum to promote the solar decathlon. The experience, student engagement, and feedback on the behavioral energy automation system are discussed.

Vogt, R. G., & Figgess, G. W. (2019, June), Board 38: Experiential Learning Opportunities through Collaborative Projects Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32335

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