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Development of an Undergraduate Research Laboratory

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Innovations in Teaching Physics or Engineering Physics I

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Engineering Physics & Physics

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22.489.1 - 22.489.11



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Adrian Ieta Oswego State University College

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Adrian Ieta (M. 1999) received the B.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania, in 1984, the B.E.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the “Politehnica” University of Timisoara, Timisoara, in 1992, and the M.E.Sc. degree and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from The University of the Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada, in 1999 and 2004, respectively. He was with the Applied Electrostatics Research Centre and the Digital Electronics Research Group, The University of Western Ontario, where he worked on industrial projects and taught. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, State University of New York at Oswego. Dr. Ieta is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario.

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Rachid Manseur State University of New York, Oswego

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Rachid Manseur is currently the Director of Engineering Development and a member of the Computer Science faculty at SUNY, Oswego where he is actively developing a new modern and innovative Electrical and Computer Engineering Program. His academic interests lie in Engineering Education and Engineering Program Development, Robotics, Visualization and Simulation Software Development, and Digital and Embedded System Design.
He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, an M.S. degree in EE from the University of Houston, and a license-es-sciences in Mathematics from the University of Algiers. He is registered as a professional Engineer in the State of Florida and the author of numerous articles in his areas of expertise including the textbook "Robot Modeling and Kinematics" and its associated modeling and visualization software.

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Thomas E. Doyle P.Eng. McMaster University Orcid 16x16

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Development of an undergraduate research laboratoryWe report our experience in setting up a research laboratory at a non-PhD granting institution. Theintention was to create an applied electrostatics lab with the potential to become research competitivein the field after a few years of development. In the initial stages we started with a modest budget and asmall lab space. However, upon very careful equipment selection and research on sources, the lab’scapabilities became reality. Students working in the lab in the initial stages were of utmost importancein setting up the lab. Some of the devices purchased were improved by us to allow more versatile usage.The first lab results in the field of electrosprays were obtained, analyzed, presented and publishedwithin the first year of the lab’s development. Other students were attracted to the lab and moreexperimental setups, measurements and analysis were done in the subsequent year. Micro and nanoparticle production and analysis are available in the lab and with the help of colleagues old equipmentwas adapted for the study of electrosprays in reduced pressure or vacuum. New interesting results wereobtained in the lab and a research course will be offered next semester that will use this laboratory asthe primary means. The research capabilities after two and a half years include electrospray andelectrospinning, high speed imaging of droplets, micro and nanoparticle generation, thin filmsdeposition, ferro-fluids, and gas discharge studies. With the development of a new arts and sciencesbuilding, a unique opportunity to design the research lab space was available. The development of thelab was supported by small grant from the institution and additional grant proposal are submitted tonational agencies. We believe that our successful experience in lab development can be of interest toothers instructors with similar targets like ours.

Ieta, A., & Manseur, R., & Doyle, T. E. (2011, June), Development of an Undergraduate Research Laboratory Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17770

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