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Development of Agent-based Tutor & Simulator System and Assessment of Instructional Modules Implemented in Areas of Quality Control, Metrology and Prototyping

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.421.1 - 24.421.14



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Irina Nicoleta Ciobanescu Husanu Drexel University (Tech.)

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Dr. Ciobanescu –Husanu received her PhD degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in 2005 and also hold a MS degree in aeronautical engineering from Polytechnic University of Bucharest. Her dissertation was on numerical investigation of fuel droplet interactions at near zero Reynolds numbers. Other research projects involved computational evaluation of Icing Scaling Methods and development of an ice accretion model for airfoils using a LEWICE code. Currently is appointed as assistant professor at Department of Engineering Technology with College of Engineering, Drexel University and her research interest is in thermal and fluid sciences with applications in micro-combustion, fuel cells and research of alternative and green fuels as well as expanding her research work towards new areas regarding plasma assisted combustion. Dr. Ciobanescu-Husanu has prior industrial experience in aerospace engineering areas, that encompasses both theoretical analysis and experimental investigations such as designing and testing of propulsion systems including design and development of pilot testing facility, mechanical instrumentation of the tested prototype, and developing industrial applications of aircraft engines. Also, in the past 9 years she gained experience in teaching Mechanical Engineering courses with emphasis on thermal-fluid and energy conversion areas from various levels of instruction and addressed to a broad spectrum of students, varying from freshmen to seniors, from high school graduates to adult learners.

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Yalcin Ertekin Drexel University (Tech.)

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Yalcin Ertekin received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly The University of Missouri-Rolla). He is a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) and Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE). His teaching responsibilities include Computer Numerical Control, manufacturing processes, applied quality control, mechanical design, and applied mechanics, manufacturing information management systems, introduction to technology and graphical communication as well as senior design courses. He developed two online graduate courses: rapid prototyping and product design and lean manufacturing principles for MSET program. Dr. Ertekin has over six years of industrial experience related to quality and design engineering mostly in automotive industry. He worked for Toyota Motor Corporation as a quality assurance engineer for two years and lived in Toyota City, Japan. His area of expertise is in CAD/CAM, manufacturing processes, machine design with CAE methods, rapid prototyping, CNC machining and quality control. His research interest includes sensor based condition monitoring of machining processes, machine tool accuracy characterization and enhancement, non-invasive surgical tool design and bio-materials applications. During his career, Dr. Ertekin published papers in referred journals and in conference proceedings in his area of research interest. He has also been PI for various NSF research projects including NSF-TUES and MRI programs. Dr. Ertekin is an active member in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and currently serves as a chair of Philadelphia SME Chapter-15.

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Radian G. Belu Drexel University (Tech.)

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Dr. Radian Belu is Assistant Professor within the Engineering Technology (ET) program - Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He is holding a PHD in power engineering and the other in physics. Before joining to the Drexel University Dr. Belu hold faculty and research positions at universities and research institutes in Romania, Canada and United States. He also worked for several years in industry as project manager, senior engineer and consultant. He has taught and developed undergraduate and graduate courses in power electronics, power systems, renewable energy technologies, smart grids, control theory, electric machines, instrumentation, radar and remote sensing, numerical methods and data analysis, space and atmosphere physics, and applied physics. His research interests included power system stability, control and protection, renewable energy system analysis, assessment and design, smart microgrids, power electronics and electric machines for wind energy conversion, radar and remote sensing, wave and turbulence simulation, measurement and modeling, numerical modeling, electromagnetic compatibility and engineering education. During his career Dr. Belu published eight book chapters, several papers in referred journals and in conference proceedings in his areas of the research interests. He has also been PI or Co-PI for various research projects United States and abroad in power systems analysis and protection, load and energy demand forecasting and analysis, renewable energy, microgrids, turbulence and wave propagation, radar and remote sensing, instrumentation, atmosphere physics, electromagnetic compatibility, and engineering education.

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Development of Agent-based Tutor & Simulator System and Assessment of Instructional Modules Implemented in areas of Quality Control, Metrology and Prototyping (Year II of the Project)The fundamental challenging problems in manufacturing education are related to improving thestudent–instructional technologies interface to incorporate the required learning tools, andimproving teaching and learning effectiveness in online course and training. The majorobjectives of our project are to design and use CNC machine control simulator systems toenhance the cognitive learning of online laboratories and design and use of simulator interfacesfor metrology and quality control systems to enhance the cognitive learning of online labs. Webriefly discuss the development of virtual 3-D laboratory activities (learning modules andtutorials) that provide students with a realistic interaction with CNC machine in the area ofprototyping, metrology, quality control and quality assurance, both at undergraduate andgraduate level, already implemented in our Engineering Technology curricula (during first yearof the project). Also we present the experiential framework (hardware and laboratory modules)and the industrial training modules covering prototyping, precision metrology, offline/onlinequality control/ assurance, remote monitoring of machining and prototyping, and roboticassembly processes.The aims of this project presented in this paper are to advance, develop and implement a state-of-the-art offline and online learning environment to support and enhance students’ learning andtraining as they use simulated systems to design and conduct virtual and real-time machiningexperiments and calibration of precision machine tools. During the project’s second year wedeveloped, implemented and tested the following: (1) Advance Knowledge of How Cognitive Learning Develops in Tele-presence System, investigating how students perceive, process, and learn while working with the developed learning systems (tutorials, learning modules and lab activities). (2) Development of an Agent-based Tutor & Simulator System (ATSS), with an embedded- intelligence and knowledge base to guide and support students in remote operations within the safety and functional boundaries of the equipment. Its main function is to aid remote users in lieu of the teacher’s absence through the graphical projection of process plan and process knowledge in machining and robotics operations. (3) A comprehensive assessment and evaluation plan will be presented, contemplating several quantitative and qualitative measurements used as feeders for necessary calibration and adjustment of the different components of the project. Evaluation of this project is guided by five foundational evaluation questions, designed to focus data collection and analysis on a) the project’s stated objectives and outcomes, b) broader issues such as dissemination of project information and activities, and c) sustainability of project components beyond the life of the grant. (4) A web page for the re-developed courses carrying the course modules and lectures in a PDF format and Lecture PowerPoint presentations for students and other users to browse and download from any location using remote desktop and virtual lab server. The interactive components, simulations and laboratory experiments are available for other universities and Drexel-affiliated colleges. Online learning will be a channel for use of the developed materials and also their dissemination.

Ciobanescu Husanu, I. N., & Ertekin, Y., & Belu, R. G. (2014, June), Development of Agent-based Tutor & Simulator System and Assessment of Instructional Modules Implemented in Areas of Quality Control, Metrology and Prototyping Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20312

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