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Development of a Mobile App for Engineering Economics

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Engineering Economy Division Technical Session

Tagged Division

Engineering Economy

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23.419.1 - 23.419.11



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Weihang Zhu Lamar University

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Weihang Zhu is an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Lamar University. His research interests include Engineering education, Mobile app development and Computational optimization. His website is at

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Alberto Marquez P.E. Lamar University

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Alberto Marquez is assistant professor in the Industrial Engineering Department at Lamar University. His previous academic appointment was Department Chair of Industrial Engineering at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico City.

His research interests include modeling for decision making and optimization, with applications to supply chain, heuristic algorithm development, effective modeling and training for decision making. His publications encompass the developing of decision support systems for supply chain design; manufacturing, transportation and warehousing optimization, manufacturing capacity modeling and forecasting, simulation, scheduling, inventory policy, and process design and optimization.

He got his Ph.D in Industrial Engineering at Arizona State University in 1999 with a Fulbright-Conacyt scholarship.

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Julia Yoo Lamar University

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Julia Hyunjeong Yoo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Professional Pedagogy at Lamar University. Dr. Yoo received her doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She also earned her M.A. degree in Program Evaluation at the same institution. She is a former elementary school teacher. Her research interests lie in the areas of teaching effectiveness and learners’ study strategies.

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Development of a Mobile App for Engineering Economics*  This paper presents the development and the preliminary assessment results of a mobile app fortwo Engineering Economics courses: one online, and one on-campus. The mobile app consists of5 tabs: E-book, calculator, tables, conceptual questions and practice problems. The E-book is asummary of the key concepts of Engineering Economics. The calculator provides functions tosolve basic engineering economics problems with formulas. The tables allow the users tocompute discrete compound interest factors. The conceptual questions give the users anopportunity to review and quiz key concepts. The practice problems generate problems withrandom parameters allowing learners to practice as much as they want. The same mobile app hasbeen developed for both Apple iOS and Google Android platforms. We will release ourdeveloped apps to the public after full assessment in the College of Engineering at *****university. It will give students more opportunity to learn and practice Engineering Economicswhenever they have spare time. The preliminary assessment results are presented in this paper.The assessment compares the results from an experiment group and a control group. Theexperiment group has the access to the mobile app. The control group has access to theweb-based course materials. Each group has about 30 students. In addition, surveys andinterviews are conducted with randomly selected students to get a better understanding of theimpact of the mobile app. For future work, further development and improvement with formativeassessment is planned in the next three years.* This project is partially supported by a grant from the National Science FoundationDUE-####### to ***** University.

Zhu, W., & Marquez, A., & Yoo, J. (2013, June), Development of a Mobile App for Engineering Economics Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19433

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