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Engineering Design in a Materials Processing Laboratory Course through a Guided Case Study

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Materials Division Technical Session 2

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Richard Eitel Stevens Institute of Technology

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Dr. Eitel is teaching associate professor in Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030;

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Joshua Peter Hill

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Felix Jun Jie Zhang-Xu


Kathy Shiang Chiou Kessler Foundation

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Dr. Kathy Chiou is a research scientist at the Kessler Foundation in West Orange, NJ, where she studies cognitive outcome and recovery in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). She is also interested in the development of metacognitive strategies that may have beneficial application in other areas such as cognitive rehabilitation and education.

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Materials selection and evaluation is an integral aspect of the Engineering Design Process and an essential skill for the practicing engineer. Materials and their associated processing and forming methods serve to both enable and limit product design and performance. The current work presents the use of guided case studies as an approach to achieve a design-centric laboratory experience. The developed case study employed in the current investigation is the selection of sustainable materials for single use beverage containers. The learning outcomes of this approach were evaluated by surveys administered to two different groups of students: one group participating in the case study (intervention) and other participating in the pre-existing materials processing laboratory investigations (control) at two matched time points during the same semester. The initial self-assessment was administered before the three week case study intervention and the second survey was administered after the conclusion of the three week case study. Statistical analyses of survey results reveal significant difference between the two groups, in that students in the case study (intervention) group reported significant new learning in their ability to “design a materials specification” between the initial and final time points.

Eitel, R., & Hill, J. P., & Zhang-Xu, F. J. J., & Chiou, K. S. (2016, June), Engineering Design in a Materials Processing Laboratory Course through a Guided Case Study Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26635

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