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Development of an Undergraduate Multidisciplinary Mechanical Design Laboratory Sequence Based on Faculty Research

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Research and Multidisciplinary Experiences

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Mechanical Engineering

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26.533.1 - 26.533.16



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Nina Robson California State University, Fullerton


Joseph A. Morgan Texas A&M University

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Joseph A. Morgan has over 20 years of military and industry experience in electronics and communications systems engineering. He joined the Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution Department in 1989 and has served as the Program Director of the Electronics and Telecommunications Programs and as the Associate Department Head for Operations. He has served as Director of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer in the private sector and currently a partner in a small start-up venture. He received his BS degree in electrical engineering (1975) from California State University, Sacramento, and his MS (1980) and DE (1983) degrees in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University. His education and research interests include project management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and embedded product/system development.

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Hassanein Jaleel Radhi California State University, Fullerton

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Development of an Undergraduate Multidisciplinary Mechanical Design Laboratory Sequence based on Faculty ResearchResearchers have shown that the incorporation of hands-on design projects in the firstcouple of years of college provides mastery that increases the likelihood of success inengineering. Integrating real world design problems, based on faculty on-going research,into the curriculum during the freshman and the junior years is without a doubt extremelybeneficial; however the process requires a heavy commitment in faculty time andsometimes resources.This paper discusses preliminary results on introducing faculty on-going research toundergraduate students, in a form of lab sequence, focusing on student-centeredapproaches, such as active cooperative learning. The labs aim to address the need forcombining multidisciplinary theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on experienceand are specifically focused on involving undergraduate students in research andpreparing them for the capstone senior design project class.The preliminary results show that presenting a series of different lab projects, whichcomplement and build upon each other, brings to successful results. For the limited timeof one semester, the results show students’ improved critical thinking, intellectualmaturity, as well as taking more responsibility for their own learning. In addition, theinductive methods used in the labs prove efficient not only for learning new tasks, butalso in transferring earned skills to tasks of greater difficulty.  

Robson, N., & Morgan, J. A., & Radhi, H. J. (2015, June), Development of an Undergraduate Multidisciplinary Mechanical Design Laboratory Sequence Based on Faculty Research Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23872

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