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Developing a Distance Learning Curriculum for Marine Engineering Education

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Ocean and Marine Division Technical Session 1

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Ocean and Marine

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Jennifer Grimsley Michaeli P.E. Old Dominion University

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Dr. Jennifer G. Michaeli, PE is the Director of the Naval Engineering and Marine Systems Institute (NEMSI) in the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University. NEMSI’s focus is to develop and promote government-academia-industry partnerships to further the advancement of naval and marine engineering and foster the future professional engineering workforce. Dr. Michaeli, a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia, spent 15 years as a Naval Engineer and Program Manager, both in the government sector and in the shipbuilding industry, where she provided leadership and technical expertise on the design, construction, testing and fielding of high-performance marine vessels and advanced technologies for U.S. and foreign navies. For her contributions to naval engineering, she was awarded the Rosenblatt Young Engineer of the Year award by the American Society of Naval Engineers and the RADM Melville Award for outstanding technical achievement by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division. Dr. Michaeli completed her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from ODU, her MSc in Ocean Systems Management from MIT, and her BSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute. At ODU, Dr. Michaeli oversees the marine engineering curriculum, teaches courses in ship design and construction, and is actively involved in funded Navy research funded STEM initiatives to encourage students to pursue careers in naval engineering. For her contributions to ODU and Batten College of Engineering and Technology she was the College’s nomination for the Provost's Award for Outstanding Faculty Research Mentor for 2014-2015 and is the University’s nominee for the State Council for Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) Rising Star award for 2016.

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Gene Hou Old Dominion University

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Dr. Gene Hou is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of Old Dominion University (ODU). He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Iowa in 1983 and joined Old Dominion University since then. His expertise is in computational mechanics, multidisciplinary design optimization and system integration and risk management. He is the director of the Dynamics Environment Simulation (DES) Laboratory and the Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Laboratory. He is the supervisor of the capstone senior design project team on the Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) which has competed in the international competition in the last three years. During his tenure, he has the privilege of developing 3 new undergraduate and 6 new graduate courses in the areas related to computational methods and design.

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Developing a Distance Learning Curriculum for Marine Engineering Education

Starting in 2013, University has been developing a distance learning curriculum for marine engineering education. This initiative is being carried out in response to industry and Navy demand to maintain a professional marine engineering workforce, and complements University’s high rate of success in distance learning education over the past 15 years. To date, three marine engineering courses have been developed and launched in a distance-learning format. These courses include Introduction to Naval Architecture, Marine Power and Energy, and Marine Propulsion and Auxiliary Systems. This paper presents an overview of the curriculum, traditional and unique pedagogical methods implemented in the distance learning courses, student and instructor assessment of the course offerings, and recommendations to be implemented in the curriculum development and future course offerings of University’s distance learning marine engineering education program.

Michaeli, J. G., & Moses, P., & Hou, G. (2016, June), Developing a Distance Learning Curriculum for Marine Engineering Education Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26722

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