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Development Of A Temperature Control System Laboratory And Design Module For An Introduction To Engineering Design Course

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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7.416.1 - 7.416.10



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Andrew Lau

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Session 2426

Development of a Temperature Control System Laboratory and Design Module for an Introduction to Engineering Design Course

Sven G. Bilén, Elizabeth C. Kisenwether, and Andrew S. Lau

Engineering Design and Graphics Division The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 16802

Abstract We have developed a half-semester design module that exposes first-year students to the engineering design process by directing them through the development of a temperature control system. The module is used at Penn State in ED&G 100: Introduction to Engineering Design and is often the first exposure that students have with engineering processes and the engineering laboratory environment. The design module is highly relevant in that sensors and control systems are prevalent in many engineering fields. We employ a constructivist approach by starting with basic concepts, following with hands-on experiments, reflecting on what was learned, and making connections between theory and application. The module uses modern test equipment in an engineering laboratory environment.

1. Introduction

Engineering education has seen many initiatives over the last decade. Gradually, engineering educators have come to realize the improved learning that comes from hands-on, student-centered, team-based experiences, especially in the first year.1 While there are excellent pedagogical reasons for many of these initiatives, there is also an increasing influence of the ABET Engineering Criteria 2000.2 Of course, one expects that the ABET 2000 criteria are essentially a reflection of the pedagogical developments.

Put in ABET EC 2000 context, the laboratory and design module described here addresses at least these six ABET Criteria (letters correspond to the ABET Criteria):

a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering; b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs; d. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams; e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems; g. An ability to communicate effectively.

This is perhaps the special nature of this module—it addresses so many of the desired outcomes.

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Lau, A., & Bilen, S., & Kisenwether, E. (2002, June), Development Of A Temperature Control System Laboratory And Design Module For An Introduction To Engineering Design Course Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10807

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