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Design, Build, and Test Projects in an Engineering Materials Laboratory

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2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference


Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania

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October 6, 2017

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October 6, 2017

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October 7, 2017

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Mid Atlantic Papers

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Mohsen Mosleh Howard University

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Dr. M. Mosleh is a Professor of mechanical engineering, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and an author and inventor. His research area is surface and interface science and engineering with a focus on energy and manufacturing applications. Dr. Mosleh received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has extensively published in journals and conferences and produced patents. He is also the founder and director of the Surface Engineering and Nanofluids Laboratory (SENL) with the state-of-the-art nanofluid characterization and testing capabilities in the College of Engineering and Architecture.

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Khosro A. Shirvani State University of New York, College of Technology at Farmingdale

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A design, build, and test (DBT) approach for studying the mechanical behavior of materials in an engineering materials laboratory is shown to create a flexible learning environment which imparts thinking competencies. Traditionally, students have utilized conventional testers such as a universal testing machine for studying the stress-strain relationship and for measuring properties such as the modulus of elasticity and shear modulus. In the DBT approach, the student teams designed and built single-task devices and tested them for measuring specific mechanical properties. The surveys affirmed that student engagement, self-reliance, problem solving, and teamwork which are attributes of the project-based learning (PBL) method were improved. Additionally, innovative thinking in face of cost constraints and gaining manufacturing and assembly skills were enhanced because of the design and build activates. As the student teams advanced through the projects in the laboratory, the accuracy of measured properties compared with the nominal values notably increased.

Mosleh, M., & Shirvani, K. A. (2017, October), Design, Build, and Test Projects in an Engineering Materials Laboratory Paper presented at 2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference, Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania.

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