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Enhancing Programming Skills to Engineering Students Using MeKin2D Modular Kinematics Subroutines

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Multidisciplinary Endeavors: Mechatronics, Robotics, and Technology

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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Petru A. Simionescu Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

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Petru A. Simionescu received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from University Politehnica of Bucharest in 1992, and a Doctorate in Technical Sciences, from the same university in 1999. In 2004 he received a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering with an Applied Mathematics minor from Auburn University. Currently he is on the engineering faculty at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. He is also a registered professional engineer in the Sate of Texas. Simionescu taught and conducted research at eight Romanian, British, and American universities, and worked for four years in industry as an automotive engineer. His research interests include kinematics, dynamics and design of multibody systems, evolutionary computation, CAD, computer graphics, and information visualization. So far, has authored one book, over 70 technical papers and has been granted nine patents.

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Noemi V. Mendoza Diaz Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Mendoza Diaz is Assistant Professor at the College of Education and Human Development with a courtesy appointment in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. She obtained her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Educational Administration and Human Resource Development and worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning-INSPIRE at the School of Engineering Education-Purdue University. She was a recipient of the Apprentice Faculty Grant from the Educational Research Methods ASEE Division in 2009. She also has been an Electrical Engineering Professor for two Mexican universities. Dr. Mendoza is interested in sTEm education, socioeconomically disadvantaged students, Latino studies in engineering and computer aided/instructional technology in sTEm.

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Computer programing is a fundamental discipline taught early in the curriculum to all undergraduate engineering majors. Fewer opportunities exist however for students to practice their programing skills before they graduate. In this paper, a number of computer programing exercises on planar mechanism kinematic simulation given to Mechanical Engineering students at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi are presented. Students are instructed on how to download the MeKin2D subroutines and the Free Pascal Integrated Development Environment (IDE) on their computer. Then they perform, as homework assignments, three exercises using these subroutines. Students’ perception on the usefulness of these exercises towards improving their programing skills are then surveyed.

Simionescu, P. A., & Mendoza Diaz, N. V. (2021, July), Enhancing Programming Skills to Engineering Students Using MeKin2D Modular Kinematics Subroutines Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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