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Engaged in Thermodynamics - Building Industry Collaborations for Education

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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25.527.1 - 25.527.6



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Patrick A. Tebbe Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Patrick Tebbe is an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Tebbe received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering, as well as a M.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is currently a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and a student branch advisor for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

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Engaged in Thermodynamics – Building Industry Collaborations for EducationThis paper and poster will discuss an on-going NSF-CCLI grant that addresses improvements instudent pedagogy and educational materials for the engineering thermodynamics curriculum bycompleting development of the concept of an “Engineering Scenario”. Engineering Scenariosare textbook supplements based on actual engineering facilities and equipment. They expand onthe case study concept by including skills-based problems that can be used in place of traditionalhomework problems but written in the context of the real-world environment, as well asadditional design problems based on design methods and actual solutions at real facilities.Accompanying supplementary and background information promotes increased inquiry-based orstudent-centered learning, better addresses student real world expectations, and leads to anincrease in overall student engagement. A Phase 1 grant allowed for the development andrepeated formative assessment of a single scenario, leading to the current Phase 2 grant.The development of the Engaged in Thermodynamics material relies on access to real worldstories, data, and system information. This requires a close working relationship with operationsand facilities staff as well as equipment manufacturers. This paper/poster will discuss the carefulbalance of not demanding too much of the industry contact while obtaining qualify, usefulinformation. Challenges that have been faced by the grant team as well as the relationships thathave evolved will be detailed.

Tebbe, P. A. (2012, June), Engaged in Thermodynamics - Building Industry Collaborations for Education Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21285

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