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Engaging US Engineering Students in Fuel Cell Research at a Foreign Site

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

23.494.1 - 23.494.10

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https://peer.asee.org/19508

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23

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Xia Wang Oakland University

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Dr. Xia Wang is an associate professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University. Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of fluid mechanics and heat transfer, with an emphasis on fuel cell and battery technology. She was the program director for the NSF-funded project entitled International Research Experience for Students: Collaborative Research Activities with China on Fuel Cells at Oakland University.

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Qian Zou Oakland University

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Dr. Qian Zou is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University.

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Laila Guessous Oakland University

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Dr. Laila Guessous is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Oakland
University (OU) in Rochester, Mich. Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of fluid mechanics and heat transfer, with an emphasis on computational methods. She has served as the program director for the NSF and DoD-funded AERIM REU program at OU, as well as co-director of an NSF-funded International Research Experience for Students (IRES) collaborative research program with China on fluid and thermal transport in fuel cells. She also serves on the leadership team of the WISE@OU program which is funded by an NSF ADVANCE grant.

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Gary Barber Oakland University

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Michael A Latcha Oakland University

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Abstract

Engaging US Engineering Students in Fuel Cell Research at a Foreign SiteThe department of XXX Engineering at XXX University was awarded by the National ScienceFoundation (NSF) a three year grant to support a group of US undergraduate and graduateengineering student to conduct fuel cell related research in XXX University in China. Theprogram has run successfully for three consecutive summers between 2010 and 2012. Theprogram aims to engage the engineering students in the fuel cell research at a foreign site as wellas expose them to Chinese culture. A total of 17 students from 11 different universities havetaken part in the program. More than a third of the participants were female engineeringstudents. The student participants worked in teams with Chinese students on fuel cell relatedprojects, and participated in other activities such as research lab and facilities tours at ChineseUniversities, meeting with Chinese scholars and students, conferences and seminars. Anotherimportant element of the program is culture exchange. The student participants took 24 hoursChinese language training for an 8-week program and explored many historical sites in Beijing.The purpose of this paper is to share the experience of organizing and running an internationalresearch program and to report the program outcomes and some assessments results. We believethat the results from this paper will benefit those who seek to run an international program.

Wang, X., & Zou, Q., & Guessous, L., & Barber, G., & Latcha, M. A. (2013, June), Engaging US Engineering Students in Fuel Cell Research at a Foreign Site Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19508

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