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Case Study: Practical Introduction of a Materials Selection Software in a Fundamentals of Materials Science Course

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2018 ASEE Zone IV Conference


Boulder, Colorado

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March 25, 2018

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March 25, 2018

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March 27, 2018

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Cassandra J Wright University of Washington, Bothell

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Cassandra Wright is an assistant professor within the Division of Engineering and Mathematics in the School of STEM at University of Washington Bothell (UWB). She received her BSME from Rose-Hulman. She earned her MS and PhD in Bioengineering from Clemson University as well as a certificate in Engineering and Science Education. Currently, she is developing courses for UWB’s new program in mechanical engineering that began fall 2014.

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John William Bridge P.E. University of Washington, Bothell

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Dr. John Bridge, P.E.
Dr. Bridge is a former Lt. Colonel and mechanical engineer in the U.S. Air Force with over twenty years of R&D experience with numerous aerospace vehicles to include aircraft and rocket systems. In addition, he has performed advanced materials characterization while in the military and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has previous teaching experience at several institutions to include Bowdoin College, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Bridge is currently working with composite materials used in synthetic sports surfaces to include Thoroughbred horse racetracks. His focus is on the thermal and mechanical characterization of wax/polymer binders, and on the mechanisms of polymer adhesion and environmental degradation. Dr. Bridge also collaborates with the Racetrack Surfaces Testing Laboratory in Orono, Maine and with Lab/Cor Materials laboratory in Seattle.

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The University of Washington Bothell’s mechanical engineering program, which is three years old, has one course in materials science (Fundamentals of Materials Science) that lays the foundation for the mechanical and capstone design courses. Thus, it is paramount to the faculty that through this course, students gain a solid understanding as to how the materials selection and processing will ultimately affect their final product. Granta CES Edupack is a comprehensive materials science software program that is available to the students at the junior and senior level within the ME program. In past offerings, CES Edupack has been introduced at the end of the course at a basic level to introduce the students to concepts of materials selection. Prior students have not considered the software as a tool for materials selection in their mechanical design and capstone projects in the past, likely due to only having a brief exposure to the software mainly in the fundamental materials course. In order to give students a deeper knowledge to be able to independently utilize it in subsequent classes, the first materials science course module is being revised and a second module has been developed in order to provide students with a more hands-on and in-depth materials selection learning experience. This work is currently on-going.

Wright, C. J., & Bridge, J. W. (2018, March), Case Study: Practical Introduction of a Materials Selection Software in a Fundamentals of Materials Science Course Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Zone IV Conference, Boulder, Colorado.

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