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Engagement in Practice: CAE Education via Service-Learning

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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

End Date

July 27, 2018

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Engagement In Practice: Integrating Community Engagement into Engineering Curricula

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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 (8 years with General Motors in Michigan and 3 years with Stafast in Ohio) before beginning a fulltime teaching career. He first taught at Geneva College in Pennsylvania for 7 years and then at Anderson University in Indiana for one year before joining Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio. 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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Project-based learning, or experiential learning, has been proven effective in engineering education. How to find these projects, and how to integrate them in engineering courses, are a challenge. An example is used to demonstrate that community-based activities and resources are adequate for such purposes. The example is related to the learning trail project of the Ariel Foundation Park in Mount Vernon, Ohio. There is a need to verify the load capacity of an old truss bridge. Students in a Computer Aided Engineering class used this occasion to hone their ANSYS skills. Student feedback were very positive for such projects. It has been a service-learning experience for students and a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Che, D. C. (2018, June), Engagement in Practice: CAE Education via Service-Learning Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30380

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