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Embedding Fluid Power into Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics Courses through Problem-Based Learning and Entrepreneurially Minded Learning Modules

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Thermodynamics, Fluids and Heat Transfer I

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Mechanical Engineering

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14

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https://peer.asee.org/28215

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118

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Liping Liu Lawrence Technological University

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Liping Liu is an assistant professor in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2011. Her research focuses on thermal sciences and energy systems, with special interest in addressing transport phenomena in energy processes. She is a member of ASEE, ME, ASHRAE, and SAE International.

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James A. Mynderse Lawrence Technological University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3297-6636

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James A. Mynderse, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. His research interests include mechatronics, dynamic systems, and control with applications to piezoelectric actuators, hysteresis, and perception. He serves as the faculty advisor for the LTU Baja SAE team.

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Robert W. Fletcher Lawrence Technological University

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Robert Fletcher joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Lawrence Technological University in the summer of 2003, after two decades of various industry engineering positions in research, and product development.

Dr. Fletcher earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, in Seattle, and the Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of Michigan.

He teaches a number of alternative energy courses at Lawrence Tech. Dr. Fletcher and his student research team is focusing on energy usage and efficiencies of several traditional and alternative energy systems.

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Andrew L. Gerhart Lawrence Technological University

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Andrew Gerhart, Ph.D. is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. He is actively involved in ASEE and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit. He serves as Faculty Advisor for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Student Chapter at LTU, chair of the First Year Engineering Experience committee, chair for the LTU KEEN Course Modification Team, supervisor of the LTU Thermo-Fluids Laboratory, coordinator of the Certificate/Minor in Aeronautical Engineering, and faculty advisor of the LTU SAE Aero Design Team. Dr. Gerhart conducts workshops on active, collaborative, and problem-based learning, entrepreneurial mindset education, creative problem solving, and innovation. He is an author of a fluid mechanics textbook.

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Abstract

This paper presents problem-based learning and entrepreneurially minded learning modules focused on fluid power applications in undergraduate Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics courses. This effort focuses on creating awareness and engaging students in the area of fluid power, and challenging them to apply the concepts and theories in class to analyze and design real-world fluid power systems. Therefore, the course modules target both technical and entrepreneurial mindset objectives. Assessment methods and results are detailed and discussed in the paper. Preliminary results indicate positive student learning in the area of fluid power and student practice of entrepreneurial skills.

Liu, L., & Mynderse, J. A., & Fletcher, R. W., & Gerhart, A. L. (2017, June), Embedding Fluid Power into Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics Courses through Problem-Based Learning and Entrepreneurially Minded Learning Modules Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28215

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