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Examples of Synergies between Research and Hands-on Design-Based Learning

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Research on Design Learning

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

Page Count

19

DOI

10.18260/p.26798

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https://peer.asee.org/26798

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92

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Cassandra Telenko Georgia Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-6883-8203

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Dr. Cassandra Telenko holds a joint appointment in Mechanical Engineering and in Industrial Design at Georgia Tech. She has taught engineering, design, and sustainability topics at MIT, The Georgia Institute of Technology, SUTD, and UT-Austin. Dr. Telenko’s education research interests include sustainability, critical thinking, design thinking, and design-based learning. Her educational research products include a methodology for creating short-term design experiences for multidisciplinary engineering education, and a pilot course to improve Spatial Visualization skills of freshmen in engineering at UT-Austin. Her general research in eco-design provides methods for analyzing environmental impacts of design decisions, redesigning products for energy efficiency, modeling usage contexts, and actionable guidelines to help designers reduce environmental impacts.

Dr. Telenko's prior appointments include a postdoctoral research position in the MIT-SUTD International Design Centre with joint appointments at MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). She completed her PhD (2012) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin).

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Amit Shashikant Jariwala Georgia Institute of Technology

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Dr. Jariwala is the Director of Design & Innovation for the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Production Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India with honors in 2005 and received Masters of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2007 from IIT Bombay, India. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2013, with minors in Entrepreneurship. Dr. Jariwala has over nine years of research experience in modeling, simulation, engineering design, and manufacturing process development, with research focus on design of polymer based micro additive manufacturing process. During his Ph.D. studies, he was also a participant of the innovative TI:GER® program (funded by NSF:IGERT), which prepares students to commercialize high impact scientific research results. Dr. Jariwala has participated and led several research projects from funded by NSF, the State of Georgia and Industry sponsors. At Georgia Tech, he is responsible for enhancing corporate support for design courses, managing design and fabrication/prototyping facilities, coordinating the design competitions/expo and teaching design courses, with a strong focus on creating and enabling multidisciplinary educational experiences.

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Christopher Saldana Georgia Institute of Technology

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Todd Sulchek Georgia Institute of Technology

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Shannon K. Yee Georgia Institute of Technology

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Wendy C. Newstetter Georgia Institute of Technology

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Dr Wendy C. Newstetter is the Director of Educational Research and Innovation in the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech.

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Thomas Kurfess Georgia Institute of Technology

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Thomas R. Kurfess received his S.B., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from M.I.T. in 1986, 1987 and 1989, respectively. He also received an S.M. degree from M.I.T. in electrical engineering and computer science in 1988. He currently is a Professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech where he holds the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control.

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Abstract

Space and time are precious and limited resources in any University, and many faculty and administrators face a dilemma on how to adequately support both research and educational missions of the Institute. Faculty need to conduct research, which may conflict with the need to provide space and time to support and enhance undergraduate learning education. In order to meet the growing demands for hands-on education, it is essential to encourage shared utilization of existing resources to support both research and education. The goal of this paper is to inspire faculty and institutions by presenting five successful examples of integrating research and undergraduate education at a large, state University. Students are conducting real research, reconstructed to take place as a design lesson in Thermodynamics. Faculty are leveraging infrastructure setup to support undergraduate courses to attract funding from Government agencies (e.g. the Department of Energy) to further enhance resources which would mutually support both the course and the faculty’s specific research interests. Research labs may open their doors to the classroom for active learning, and open student maker spaces may double as data collection sites. The success of these efforts is dependent upon mutual appreciation for the roles of education and research while still respecting autonomy of these spaces and their primary missions. The lessons learned show that research can support and benefit from educational involvement, student learning and autonomy.

Telenko, C., & Jariwala, A. S., & Saldana, C., & Sulchek, T., & Yee, S. K., & Newstetter, W. C., & Kurfess, T. (2016, June), Examples of Synergies between Research and Hands-on Design-Based Learning Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26798

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