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Data Acquisition as Implemented in the Modern Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Curriculum.

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Trends in Mechanical Engineering: Trends and Tools

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Mechanical Engineering

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25.377.1 - 25.377.9



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Timothy A. Doughty University of Portland

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Timothy Doughty received his Ph. D. from Purdue University. An Assistant Professor at the University of Portland, he researches nonlinear modeling and system identification in application to crack detection and vibration suppression associated with Parkinsonian tremor. He currently serves on the Model Identification and Intelligent Systems Technical Committee and as Associate Editor for the Dynamic Systems and Controls Division of ASME and is a Faculty Scholar for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.

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Steven O'Halloran University of Portland

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Steven O'Halloran is an Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Portland (UP) and teaches courses in the thermal/fluid sciences. He conducts research in the area of heat exchangers, including both experimental work and numerical simulations. O'Halloran received his B.S. (2000), M.S. (2002), and Ph.D. (2006) degrees in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University.

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Data Acquisition as Implemented in the Modern Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Curriculum.AbstractWith the widespread use of flexible, affordable, and accessible data acquisition platforms, undergraduatestudents are becoming more and more familiar with the design of experiments and the topics associatedwith data collection. For this study a self-guided tutorial was developed to introduce the topics of dataacquisition. Students at various stages of their undergraduate curriculum are asked to work through thetutorial. This tutorial is used in conjunction with a cross-curricular project involving numericalsimulation and experimental validation of heat transfer topics of conduction and convection. Studentswere surveyed, both prior to and shortly after the tutorial, to determine the perceived value of the exercisein the context of their education and future careers. The results of this study prove useful in designing aneffective cross-curricular approach to the topic and in tutorial development.

Doughty, T. A., & O'Halloran, S. (2012, June), Data Acquisition as Implemented in the Modern Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Curriculum. Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21135

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