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Engaged Student Learning in Dynamics of Flight and Control Classes

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Aerospace Division Technical Session

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Shawn S. Keshmiri University of Kansas

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Dr. Shawn Sh. Keshmiri is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering University of Kansas. Dr. Keshmiri teaches two undergraduate and three graduate courses on the Flight Dynamics, Flight Control, Flight Test Engineering, Optimal Control, and Robust Control. Dr. Keshmiri has led KUAE UAS Flight Test team since 2008. Dr. Keshmiri has been involved in numerous funded research and won KU's John E. and Winifred Sharp Teaching Professor.

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Aaron Blevins University of Kansas


A Ram Kim University of Kansas Orcid 16x16

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A Ram Kim is the Ph. D student in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas. She obtained B.S. of Aerospace Engineering in 2013 at the University of Kansas. She has worked as a teaching assistant for Flight Dynamics and Control class over 3 years.

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The next big challenge in STEM education is envisioned to come from curricular change. This paper aims to assess the best-practice model in student learning that was developed and demonstrated in Flight Dynamics and Control courses between 2011 and 2017. The best-practice model was developed when a team research component was included into the undergraduate aerospace engineering courses of Flight Dynamics and Control I and II. By taking advantage of the unmanned aerial system fleet owned by the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas (KUAE), students were tasked with developing a physics-based model for one of eighteen different unmanned aircraft platforms, comparing the dynamic models to actual flight test data for the platform, and writing papers and presenting them to a panel of KUAE Faculty. As a result, forty-eight independent research projects were conceived, designed, built, and tested by teams of juniors in the aerospace engineering department. Since 2011, eight research projects were selected to be submitted to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conferences. Six papers were accepted for the Professional Sections and three more are currently under internal review for future submission. In addition to the publication records, student evaluations, KUAE Industrial Advisory Board exit poll reports, and post-graduation survey results consistently show the effectiveness of project oriented collaborative learning.

Keshmiri, S. S., & Blevins, A., & Kim, A. R. (2018, June), Engaged Student Learning in Dynamics of Flight and Control Classes Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30375

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