California State University, Los Angeles , California
April 4, 2019
April 4, 2019
April 6, 2019
Diversity and Pacific Southwest Section Meeting Paper Submissions
Topology optimization has great potential to achieve the most economical and efficient engineering designs due to its ability to allocate materials to the most effective locations. Topology optimization techniques have been applied to tall building design. However, due to the lack of an automated process, a simplified procedure is commonly used to find the optimized pattern of the exterior bracing. An automated topology optimization platform that utilizes commercially available software packages would be very helpful to promote the usage of topology optimization and adoption of the research outcomes. The California Community College System, with its enrollment of approximately 2.5 million students, is in a prime position to grow the future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Through the U.S. Department of Education funded collaborative Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program: Accelerated STEM Pathways through Internships, Research, Engagement, and Support (ASPIRES) cooperative program between Cañada College, a Hispanic-Serving community college and San Francisco State University (SFSU), a public comprehensive university, a 10-week summer program is set up to provide opportunity for community college students to experience the excitement of state-of-the-art research. In this summer program, the community college students were working closely with graduate students in SFSU to develop a user-friendly platform that streamlines various software packages in different stages of the design process, from modeling to finite element analysis and topology optimization. Topology optimization of a cantilever beam with a moving point load was used to test the developed platform. Systematic workshops and learning modules were prepared to help participating students get ready for upcoming challenges and to provide them a meaningful research experience. The feedback from the students showed that the ASPIRES program offers an effective way to engage students, even with little or no background in engineering courses or research topics, from a community college in engineering research. The pre- and post-program survey results demonstrated that the internship program helped the participating students better understand research and science and increase their independency toward the goal of graduating mature, independent, informed, and globally competitive STEM graduates.
Bituin, A., & Kyain, K., & Ordonez, Y., & Maxwell, A. W., & Tang, W. L., & Langhoff, N., & Pong, W., & Chen, C., & Zhang, X., & Mahmoodi, H., & Jiang, H., & Jiang, Z., & Enriquez, A. G. (2019, April), Engaging Community College Students in Cutting-Edge Research in Topology Optimization Paper presented at 2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting, California State University, Los Angeles , California. https://peer.asee.org/31825
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