Salt Lake City, Utah
June 20, 2004
June 20, 2004
June 23, 2004
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DEVELOPMENT OF FLUID POWER PROGRAM IN ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
H. W. Shawn Kim Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Youngstown State University
This paper documents and presents successful efforts in developing a fluid power research and educational program in the College of Engineering and Technology at Youngstown State University. The main incentive of this documentation is to show the engineering community how a small to mid-size state assisted university that emphasizes undergraduate education has been developing a productive research and educational program through a strategic focus on technology development in areas that meets the need of local industries.
A series of initiatives and activities have been proposed and developed to accomplish short-term and long-term goals. Two main initiatives to facilitate the successful development, including the approval and funding of the strategic initiative proposing the Hydraulics Research and Education Center and the designation of the Center as one of the new PACER (Presidential Academic Centers of Excellence in Research) and subsequent funding for the next three years, have been taken and are well in progress. A number of collaborative research projects are being conducted, including a simulation project, a gear pump project, a fatigue testing project, and a virtual prototyping project with the above-mentioned industry. On the educational side, a new course in fluid-power and control has been proposed and will be offered in Spring 2004 to seniors and graduate students. Another course in advanced fluid power and control is to be developed and offered to graduate students next year.
It is expected that the fluid power program, by continuous development and successful operation in the coming years, can provide direct benefits to:
• Fluid-power industry by providing continuous technology support for new products and commercialization. • Students by providing an exposure to the state-of-the art, real world engineering and technology, and the opportunity to co-op with fluid power industry and subsequent employment. • The faculty by providing an opportunity to engage in cutting edge industrial research • The programs by providing a strong foundation to develop a successful grant research program, and to participate in the cross-disciplinary research project. • The College by contributing to the enrollment growth and enhancing the prestige.
“Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education”
Kim, H. (2004, June), Development Of A Fluid Power Program In Engineering And Technology Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/12953
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