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Enhanced Teaching Techniques Applied to an Upper-division Composite Materials Engineering Course with an Emphasis on Aerospace Applications

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Materials Division Technical Session 3

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26.654.1 - 26.654.12



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William Joseph Stuart P.E. Oregon Institute of Technology

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Professor Joe Stuart


B.Sc., Metallurgical/Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada at Reno (1969) M.Sc., Physical Science, University of Southampton, UK (1972)


2006 to Present Program Director Manufacturing Engineering Technology, OIT
2011 to Present Associate Professor, MMET Department, Oregon Institute of Technology
2004 to 2011 Assistant Professor, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls
2002 to 2004 National Accounts Manager, Wagner Electronics
1998 to 2002 President/Owner, Best Tech USA
1985 to 1998 VP and General Manager, Alumaweld Boats Inc & Rogue Trailers Inc. 1984 to 1985 Manufacturing Rep MDA Associates
1981 to 1984 Quality Engineer, International Memories Inc.
1980 to 1981 Design Engineer Balteau Standard
1977 to 1980 Field Engineer, Wisar Construction
1975 to 1977 General Manager Milthorn Toleman Ltd., UK
1974 to 1975 Chief Scientist, Puerto Rico Nuclear Center
1972 to 1974 Engineering Consultant, EPA
1969 to 1970 Metallurgical Engineer, Republic Steel Inc.

Professional Societies:

American Society of Engineering Education, Life time member Society of Manufacturing Engineering, American Society of Mechanical Engineers


(i)Most Closely Related
[1] W.J. Stuart ‘Problem Based Case Learning - Composite Materials Course Development – Examples and classroom reflections’ NEW Conference, Oct 2011
[2] W.J. Stuart and Bedard R. (EPRI) ‘Ocean Renewable Energy Course Evolution and Status’ presented at Energy Ocean Pacific & Oregon Wave Energy Trust Conference, Sept. 2010.
[3] W.J. Stuart, Wave energy 101, presented at Oregon Wave Energy Symposium, Newport, OR, Sept. 2009.
[4] W.J. Stuart, Corrosion considerations when designing with exotic metals and advanced composites, presented at Corrosion Conference of Exotic Metals, Park City, UT, 2009.
[5] W.J. Stuart, Ruth Loring, Ed Webster, Frank Cox, Composite materials course development using problem based case learning techniques, National Educators Workshop, Greensboro, NC, 2009.
[6] W.J. Stuart, Three pronged approach to sustainability at OIT, presented to faculty and staff at OIT 2008 Fall Convocation, 2008.
[7] W.J. Stuart, Sustainability workshop, presented to faculty and staff at OIT 2006 Fall Convocation, 2006.
(ii) Other
[1] W.J. Stuart, Successful programs that have been enriched by industry and engineering education connections, Proceedings of ASEE Conference, Chicago, IL, 2006.


• Course development for Ocean Renewable Energy for Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Renewable Energy Engineering students: developed and taught a new undergraduate dual listed course, Ocean Renewable Energy, in spring 2010. This course has now also been developed and is offered (and has been taught) as a ‘Distance Education’ course.
• Course and lab development for Advanced Composites for Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology students: developed and taught a new undergraduate dual listed course, Advanced Composites, in spring 2009 and winter 2010.
• Student advising and course integration in sustainable concepts and life cycle analysis and material selection considerations.
• Innovations in teaching: used innovative teaching methods to enhance the learning experience through introducing problem based case learning techniques in classes and course structure; presentation of paper in National Educators Workshop.


(i) Collaborators and Co-Editors
Frank Cox, Edmonds Community College; Ruth M. Loring, Nashville State Community College; Wangping Sun, Oregon Institute of Technology; Ed Webster, Institute for Professional Training and Education; John Anderson, Oregon Institute of Technology

(ii) Special Material Expert
Curriculum development for National Resource Center-CAM composite materials course for National Resource Center at Edmonds Community College.

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Enhanced Teaching Techniques Applied to an Upper Division Composite Materials Engineering Course with an Emphasis on Aerospace ApplicationsAbstract:While developing content for an Advanced Composite materials course for MechanicalEngineers it was decided to incorporate several enhanced teaching techniques that an NSF teamhad fine-tuned over several years. The 3 credit course in Advanced Composite materials consistsof two lectures and a lab where hands on selection and application of composite materialsfocuses on students designing and building projects in a composite materials lab environment. as‘Just in time feedback’ mechanisms are used that provide rapid formative feedback andreinforcement of a positive learning experience to enhance the learning process such as: 1)‘muddiest points’ and ‘most interesting points’ identification and next lecture clarification, 2)three to five minute PPT and video segments used in class to fortify concepts that have proved tobe confusing or complex in the past or in current lectures, 3) online postings of short segment‘Camtasia’ modified PPT explanations for students to refer to as rapid reference sources onparticular subjects and 4) ‘Youtube’ video clips to provide alternative descriptions of lectureitems covered. This work looks at examples of these techniques and their effectiveness in acourse that is geared toward training engineers quickly to become familiar with extensiveadvanced composite material nomenclature, concepts, processes and applications. Assessmentsare illustrated with student work on projects, exams and peer reviewed presentations and studentsurveys.

Stuart, W. J. (2015, June), Enhanced Teaching Techniques Applied to an Upper-division Composite Materials Engineering Course with an Emphasis on Aerospace Applications Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23992

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