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Development Of Model Based Design Curriculum

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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12.536.1 - 12.536.24

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sameer prabhu The MathWorks


Zachariah Chambers Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Zachariah Chambers, Associate Professor, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, 47803, Ph. (812) 877-8904, FAX: (812) 877-8895
Zachariah Chambers is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he earned his mechanical engineering BS and MS in 1994 and 1996 respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. in engineering science and mechanics in the filed of Computational Fluid Dynamics. He teaches primarily on the freshman and sophomore level and serves as faculty co-advisor for the Challenge X : Crossover to Sustainable Mobility hybrid SUV competition.

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Liz Callanan The MathWorks


Marc Herniter Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Marc E. Herniter, Associate Professor, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, 47803. Ph. (812) 877-8512, FAX: (812) 877-8895,
Marc Herniter is an Associate Professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1989); Dr. Herniter's primary research interests are in the fields of power electronics, electric vehicles, and alternative energy systems. He has worked on power electronic systems that range in power levels from 1500 W to 200 KW. He is the author of several textbooks on circuit simulation, MATLAB, and computer usage. He joined the faculty of the ECE department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in August 2001. Previously, he was on the faculty of Northern Arizona University for 11 years.

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Development of Model-Based Design Curriculum


Model-Based Design is increasingly prevalent in industrial sectors including aerospace and automotive, but lacking from college and university curricula. The need for students to be adept at the modeling of systems, their associated subsystems, and overall system controller was the impetus for The MathWorks to partner with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to “bridge the gap” between industry and academia by developing a Model-Based Design course within the context of a series hybrid-electric vehicle. Students apply Model-Based Design, beginning with simple component models for a complex, multi-disciplinary system in need of control. Incremental improvements to the components and controller enable students to assess the impact of their changes and determine if the associated level of complexity is warranted. Moreover, the deployment of “executable specifications” enables students to identify and rectify errors early in the design process, whereby they may save dramatically on time and cost. Assessment data are being collected to qualify the academic impact of Model-Based Design.


Given competitive pressures, and time and cost constraints, developing a product on time and within budget requires a systematic approach to design and realization. The systematic design and realization process in the aerospace and automotive industries is typically represented by a V diagram as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: A V Diagram of the System Design and Realization Process

prabhu, S., & Chambers, Z., & Callanan, L., & Herniter, M. (2007, June), Development Of Model Based Design Curriculum Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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