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Energy Efficiency in Engineering Design Curriculum

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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Mechanical Engineering Technology Curriculum

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Engineering Technology

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22.563.1 - 22.563.10



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Alamgir A. Choudhury Western Michigan University

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Alamgir A. Choudhury is an Associate Professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. His M.S. and Ph.D. are from NMSU (Las Cruces) and B.S. in mechanical engineering from BUET (Dhaka). His interest includes computer applications in curriculum, MCAE, mechanics, instrumentation & control, and fluid power. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio and affiliated with ASME, ASEE, SME, and TAP.

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Jorge Rodriguez Western Michigan University

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Jorge Rodriguez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Co-Director of the Center for Integrated Design (CID) at Western Michigan University. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison, received an M.B.A. from Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ., and a B.S.E. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from ITESM - Monterrey Campus in Monterrey, Mexico. Dr. Rodriguez teaches courses in Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing, Mechanical Design, PDM/PLM, and Biomechanics and Finite Element Analysis. His research is in the field of computational analysis/optimization and educational computer-based tools. He has published one book on optimization, as well as more than 100 papers, with many presentations at national and international forums.

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Pavel Ikonomov Western Michigan University

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Dr. Pavel Ikonomov is Associate Professor in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Western Michigan University
He earned his bachelor degree from Technical University of Varna and his first master degree at M.E. in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Technology from Technical University of Varna. His second master degree he earned from Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan and his Ph.D in Precision Manufacturing Engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan. He worked several years as chef engineer in Bulgaria, Asst. professor at Technical University of Varna. CTO at Virtual Reality Center Yokohama, Japan, Associate professor at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of technology, Japan, Vis. Professor at UCLA and NIST. He has extensive industrial and teaching experience in different countries university research centers and companies. He is considered and expert in CAD/CAM, robotics, and Virtual Reality simulation for industry and nanomanufacturing. Dr. Ikonomov published more than 100 papers in journal, proceedings, a book, several chapters in books, and he holds a patent.

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Joseph McCoy Mydosh Western Michigan University

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Graduated in December, 2010, from the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program. Member of the the 2010 Modular Hydraulic System Test Bench senior design team.

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Jason Michael Shane

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Energy efficiency in engineering design curriculumAbstractThe knowledge and skills for the future workforce of an energy efficient industrialsociety are not fully nurtured in current educational programs. Energy efficiency andinnovative design practices need to be an essential part of the learning experience inundergraduate engineering design programs. Current engineering design curriculum isreformed to teach the theoretical knowledge and hands-on practices in an integratedfashion. To study energy loss and overall energy efficiency of a system and itscomponents, laboratory practices are introduced in sophomore level thermodynamics andjunior level fluid mechanics courses. A multipurpose laboratory equipped with fluidpower process, sensors, data acquisition system, and application programs is beingdeveloped. A series of laboratory practices based on use of fluid mechanics principles inenergy efficient industrial applications provide students a strong theoretical foundation ofthe subject. Later in the senor level engineering design classes, these learning are utilizedto practice innovative design of energy efficient products. Industrial collaboration isestablished to ensure student exposure to realistic energy efficient products and practicesthrough capstone design projects and undergraduate research.

Choudhury, A. A., & Rodriguez, J., & Ikonomov, P., & Mydosh, J. M., & Shane, J. M. (2011, June), Energy Efficiency in Engineering Design Curriculum Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17844

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