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Enhancement of the Engineering Measurements Laboratory for Semester Conversion

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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

ME Laboratories and Undergraduate Research

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Mechanical Engineering

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24.520.1 - 24.520.14



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Michael J. Schertzer Rochester Institute of Technology

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Michael J. Schertzer received the Bachelor of Engineering and Management and Master of Applied Science degrees from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He earned his Doctorate in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto for his work characterizing the motion and mixing of droplets in Electrowetting on Dielectric Devices. Before joining the Mechanical Engineering Department at RIT, Dr. Schertzer held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto where he focused on integrating his individual contributions into a point of care medical diagnostic device. During this time, he also had the opportunity to collaborate with a small medical diagnostic company in the Toronto area while examining surface tension related phenomena in DNA Microarrays.

Dr. Schertzer has had the opportunity to develop relationships that have led to research contracts and grants with companies and governmental organizations in Public Health, Medical Diagnostics, and Large Scale Fluid Dynamics for Applications in Power Generation. He hopes to continue his experiences in collaborative research by developing relationships with academic and industrial partners in and around RIT.

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Patricia Iglesias Victoria National Technical Institute for the Deaf

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Patricia Iglesias Victoria is an assistant professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Previously she served as assistant professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and as associate professor at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Spain. Iglesias is a Thermo-Fluids and Solid Mechanics content expert. She has taught courses in the Thermo-Fluids and Solid Mechanics core track for last ten years.
Her research focuses on wear and friction of materials, ionic liquids as lubricants and nanostructured materials. She maintains an active collaboration with the research groups of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena and Materials Processing and Tribology at Purdue University, Indiana. As a result of these collaborations, some of her articles have been published in important journals of her field of expertise and her article entitled “1-N-alkyl-3 methykimidazolium ionic liquids as neat lubricant additives in steel-aluminum contacts” has been named one of the TOP TEN CITED articles published in the area in the last five years (2010).

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Kate N. Leipold Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Ms. Kate Leipold has a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester
Institute of Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical
Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is currently lecturer of
Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She teaches
graphics and design classes in Mechanical Engineering, as well as consulting
with students and faculty on Pro/ENGINEER questions. Ms. Leipold’s area of
expertise is the new product development process.
Ms. Leipold’s professional experience includes three years spent as a New
Product Development engineer at Pactiv Corporation in Canandaigua, NY. She
holds 4 patents for products developed while working at Pactiv.
Ms. Leipold’s focus at RIT is on CAD and design process instruction. She is
a Certified ASME Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Professional.

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John D. Wellin Rochester Institute of Technology (KGCOE)

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Enhancement of the Thermo-Fluid Measurement Laboratory for Semester Conversion at the Rochester Institute of TechnologyAbstract:This work will demonstrate the enhancements made to the Thermo-Fluids MeasurementLaboratory during the conversion from quarters to semesters at the Rochester Institute ofTechnology. As a result of the conversion, the weight of the course was increase from one to twoacademic units. In order to justify the increased weight, the syllabus was expanded to include anadditional independent study lab that focused on experimental design. In this independent study,students were tasked with the characterization of a system by (1) identifying a practical realworld engineering system, (2) using intuition and theoretical knowledge to determining theempirical data required to characterize the system, (3) performing multiple experimental trials atmultiple operating condition and (4) analyzing the results. The addition of multiple data sets atmultiple conditions gave students an appreciation for statistical analysis of measurementuncertainty and repeatability. In addition to the change in the content of the course, the ToyotaA3 report format was used for all labs to expose students to a wider variety of tools for technicalcommunication and to foster a spirit of creative and innovative problem solving. This paper willpresent data regarding student performance, feedback from students and instructors andrecommendations for similar efforts.

Schertzer, M. J., & Iglesias Victoria, P., & Leipold, K. N., & Wellin, J. D. (2014, June), Enhancement of the Engineering Measurements Laboratory for Semester Conversion Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20411

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