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Enhancing a Programmable Logic Controller Course

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Instrumentation Division Technical Session 1

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Maged Mikhail Purdue University Northwest

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Dr. Maged B.Mikhail, Assistant Professor, Mechatronics Engineering Technology at Purdue Northwest.
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering,Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, August 2013. Dissertation title: ”Development
of Integrated Decision Fusion Software System For Aircraft Structural Health Monitoring” M.S., Electrical
Engineering, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, May 2009. Thesis title: ”Development
of Software System for Control and Coordination of Tasks among Mobile Robot and Robotic Arm.” B.S.,
Electrical Engineering University of El Mina Cairo, Egypt, May 2001.

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Ali Alavizadeh Purdue University Northwest

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Dr. Ali Alavizadeh is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering Technology at Purdue University Northwest (Hammond, IN). Previously, he taught at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne, Indiana), The George Washington University (Washington, DC), and Morehead State University (Morehead, KY) in the areas of Industrial Engineering Technology, and Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. His industrial experiences include software engineering, systems engineering and analysis, and production optimization for private, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations. His research interests include complex systems modeling and simulation and systems engineering, and their application in healthcare and aerospace.

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The current lab for a course on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) includes outdated, rack-mounted PLC equipment. While these provide the students with a procedural introduction to PLCs, it is the authors’ belief that the current equipment do not allow for conceptual understanding or real world experience with PLCs. The focus of the present paper is on the steps taken to develop a new set of PLC trainers that will be used in teaching the course. The paper discusses the rational for developing and building the trainers, and how the trainers will facilitate students learning.

Mikhail, M., & Alavizadeh, A. (2017, June), Enhancing a Programmable Logic Controller Course Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28270

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