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June 22, 2020
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Community Engagement Division
Homelessness/ housing insecurity is a growing challenge across the US and the world. Students, especially Gen-Z, are about to enter the workforce where insecurities including housing insecurity are common observations in daily life. Generating engineering student’s awareness of housing insecurity was the key objective of the presented work as a part of Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering, and manufacturing (MSEM) class in the mechanical and industrial engineering curriculum. A team of a social scientist, mechanical and manufacturing engineer and materials engineer teamed in the summer of 2018 to design a project where a class of 83 students would undertake a project in the Fall 2018 semester. The goal of the project was to apply the understanding of the material’s structure-property-applications relationships to identify specific materials for meeting engineering specifications for various components of community housing in Northwest Arkansas (NWA). The housing designs were produced by architects in close collaboration with a social scientist. Examples of various housing design components included material recommendations for kitchen tents, bathroom shower flooring, outdoor community decks, common area kitchen tops, and others. Each design component was delegated to 3 groups with 3 students per group to recommend materials for very high durability, simplicity of installation and low price for frugal engineering. Through this process, students: 1) developed an understanding of a growing major societal problem in America as they were asked to visit and get familiarized with the problem; and 2) studied the architectural components for developing application-specific material/product recommendations using the structure of a material, desired properties, commercial availability, pricing and recommended vendors. This was approximately an 8-week long exercise whereby students submitted their recommendations in a team report, later submitted to the team of the social scientist and the architect. This paper would detail the results of this phase-I project and the implantation model.
Malshe, A. P., & Fitzpatrick, K. M., & Bapat, S. (2020, June), Engagement in Practice: Learning Applications of MSE for Design of Community Based Shelter for Housing Insecurity Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34536
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