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Experiences Learned in Conducting a Summer Workshop Entitled "Integrating NASA Science, Technology, and Research in Undergraduate Curriculum and Training (INSTRUCT)" for HBCU/MI Institutions

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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New Research and Trends for Minorities in Engineering

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Minorities in Engineering

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25.609.1 - 25.609.12



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Ajit D. Kelkar North Carolina A&T State University

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Ajit D. Kelkar is a professor and Chair of Nanoengineering Department at Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. He also serves as an Associate Director for the Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures. For the past 25 years, he has been working in the area of performance evaluation and modeling of polymeric composites and ceramic matrix composites. He has worked with several federal laboratories in the area of fatigue, impact, and finite element modeling of woven composites including U.S. Army, U.S. Air force, NASA-Langley Research Center, National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His expertise is in the area of low-cost fabrication and processing of woven composites using VARTM process, fatigue and impact testing of composites, and analytical modeling of woven composites. Presently, he is involved in the development of nano-engineered multifunctional materials using XD CNTs and electro spun fiber materials. He is also involved in reengineering of several H-46 and H-47 helicopter components for NAVAIR using out of autoclave processing. In the past, he has worked on the one step processing of Composite Armored Vehicle using low-cost VARTM method in consortium with University of Delaware-CCM and UC, San Diego. In the modeling area, he is working on blast simulations for the Humvee vehicles subjected to various TNT blasts loadings and atomistic modeling of polymers embedded with CNTs and alumina nanoparticles. He is also involved in high velocity impact modeling of ceramic matrix composites and polymeric matrix composites embedded with electrospun nanofibers. He has published more than 200 papers in these areas. In addition, he has edited a book in the area of Nano Engineered materials. He is member of several professional societies including ASME, SAMPE, AIAA, ASM, and ASEE.

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Ram V. Mohan North Carolina A&T State University


Vinaya Kelkar North Carolina A&T State University

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Keith A. Schimmel North Carolina A&T State University Orcid 16x16

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Keith Schimmel is an Associate Professor of chemical engineering, Chair of the Energy and Environmental Systems Department, and Deputy Director of the NOAA ISET Cooperative Science Center.

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Earl Hilton Martin

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EXPERIENCES LEARNED IN CONDUCTING SUMMER WORKSHOP ENTITLED “INTEGRATING NASA SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH IN UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM AND TRAINING (INSTRUCT)” FOR HBCU/MI INSTITUTIONS ABSTRACT North Carolina A&T State University conducted a week long workshop in thearea of integrating NASA science, technology and research in undergraduate curriculumand training (INSTRUCT) during summer of 2011. This workshop was attended byfaculties form nine HBCU/MI institutions including Tuskegee University, New YorkCity College and technology, Alcorn State University, University of Texas El Paso,Tennessee state University, Winston Salem state University, North Carolina CentralUniversity, Spelman University, University of Maryland Eastern shores. The workshopfocused on integrating NASA science, technology and research content into theundergraduate curriculum and some existing K-12 outreach programs at North CarolinaAgricultural and Technical State University (NCA&TSU). The purpose of the workshopwas to significantly enhance and stimulate undergraduate learning in the areas of science,technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by utilizing the relevant STEMcontent of NASA sponsored research and education programs in conjunction withNCA&TSU faculty expertise. The faculties were presented with several educationalmodules developed at North Carolina A&T State University. These modules includedAtmospheric module, Biology module, Chemistry module, Mathematics module,Materials module. In addition several external speakers were invited from privateindustries and educational and government institutions. Workshop receivedoverwhelming response and generated significant interest in using these educationalmodels at their parent institutions. Systematic workshop assessment was carried out bysubmitting survey questionnaire to the participants. The response was analyzed. Thispaper presents further details about experiences 2011 summer workshop and descriptionof various INSTRUCT modules presented during workshop.

Kelkar, A. D., & Mohan, R. V., & Kelkar, V., & Schimmel, K. A., & Martin, E. H. (2012, June), Experiences Learned in Conducting a Summer Workshop Entitled "Integrating NASA Science, Technology, and Research in Undergraduate Curriculum and Training (INSTRUCT)" for HBCU/MI Institutions Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21366

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