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Engagement in Practice: CAD Education via Service Learning

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

October 19, 2019

Conference Session

Perspectives on Service Learning: Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities

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Community Engagement Division

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David C. Che Mount Vernon Nazarene University

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Dr. Che had worked in the industry for eleven years before beginning his teaching career. He first taught at Geneva College in Pennsylvania and then at Anderson University in Indiana before joining Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 2016. He is now Chair and Professor of Engineering at MVNU. His research interests include CAD/CAM/CAE, automotive engineering, manufacturing engineering, mechanical design, engineering mechanics, engineering education, engineering ethics, technology and society. He is a member of ASEE, ASME and SAE.

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Steve Feazel Vision Word

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Steve Feazel hold a Masters in Business Administration from Arizona State University. He has taught as an adjunct professor in business private and state supported college. He has taught Engineering Economy as an Adjunct at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Steve is a published author whose books have been feature on National cable TV channels. Steve has also been an award-winning video producer on various social issues facing young people, including the heroine crisis.

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Occasionally a local inventor would have a need for either prototyping an idea or developing a drawing/CAD model for an existing prototype. Engineering schools in the locality might be able to meet this need while fulfilling their education missions. This paper documents a case study in which a group of engineering undergraduate students seized the opportunity to work with a local inventor and entrepreneur. Lessons learned and some assessment results will be shared.

In spring of 2017, a local inventor needed some CAD modeling support. We adapted our curriculum and made it a priority to help meet this need. We were rewarded for it - students loved this service-learning (S-L) project. The S-L project served as a link from engineering theory to everyday objects people can touch and see. Along the process they learned what they needed to learn - the CAD tools. It was a win-win situation. In the following sections, we will document these activities and share some ABET outcome assessment results.

Che, D. C., & Feazel, S. (2019, June), Engagement in Practice: CAD Education via Service Learning Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32709

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