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Engineering Students’ Perception of Project-Based Learning Activities at the School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan Campus

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Design in Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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24.506.1 - 24.506.19



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Claire Yu Yan P.Eng. University of British Columbia

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Dr. Claire Y. Yan is a senior instructor in the School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan campus. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China and Ph.D. degree from the University of Strathclyde in the UK. Prior to joining UBC in 2008, she worked as a research scientist at Ryerson University in Toronto. Along her career, she has been involved in various research projects in the area of CFD, heat and mass transfer, vapour-liquid equilibrium in fluid mixtures, refrigeration, compressors and pumps, and she has taught both junior and senior engineering courses for over 1500 students. Her current interest is in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Yan is a registered P.Eng. with APEGBC and has served as a reviewer for various international journals.

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Vladan Prodanovic P.Eng. University of British Columbia, Okanagan


Ray Taheri

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Academic Background

• Aug. 2002
Ph.D. In Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Thesis Title: Evaluation of Electroless Nickel-Phosphorus (EN) Coatings

• Feb. 1990
Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering
Isfahan (Ariyamehr) University of Technology
Tehran square, Isfahan, Iran
Thesis Title: Computerized Optimization of the Charge of Blast Furnace

Research Background

• Evaluation of microstructure, physical, mechanical and electrochemical properties of Electroless Nickel-Phosphorus (EN) coatings.
This research involved the implementation of various analytical techniques including Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction compound analysis, Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (EDS), X-ray diffraction pattern, Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS), Fractography etc. in order to conduct a comprehensive investigation on various properties of EN coatings.

• Materials Selection in Potash Brine Environment
The application and performance of various materials including stainless steels, ceramics, coatings, titanium and high nickel and chromium alloys subjected to severe corrosion and wear in potash brine environment were investigated. Various experiments including reciprocating corrosion and wear, slurry, and weight loss were conducted as a part of this study.

• Properties of Carbon Nano-tubes
Microstructure study of single and multi-wall carbon nano-tubes using TEM investigation.
• Fatigue properties of large diameter pipes subjected to girth welding
Fatigue properties of girth weld pipes were studied by means of Crack Tip Opening Displacement, CTOD. The microstructural changes in Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) were studied using various experimental techniques including SEM, TEM, nano-hardness and fractography.

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Junior and Senior Engineering Students’ Perception of Project Based Learning Activities at the School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan CampusThe School of Engineering at UBC Okanagan Campus offers three engineering programs (civil,mechanical and electrical), with the first two years common for all engineering students.Through the course of their education the students are involved in several interdisciplinarydesign projects, including three major design projects in their first and second year as well as theCapstone design projects, a fourth year design course in which students work on industrysponsored real-life projects. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of these project-based learningactivities, and in order to create a better understanding of how students evolve through the courseof their study at the School of Engineering, a targeted survey for the first, second and fourth yearstudents has been designed and conducted. The survey covers students’ views on the structure ofdesign courses, the level of difficulty in relation to other courses, and the build-up of designskills toward the fourth year capstone projects. In this paper the results from the first 2 years ofthe study will be presented and discussed.

Yan, C. Y., & Prodanovic, V., & Taheri, R. (2014, June), Engineering Students’ Perception of Project-Based Learning Activities at the School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan Campus Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20397

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