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Experiential Learning Framework for Design and Development of Environmental Data Acquisition System Enhances Student Learning in Undergraduate Engineering Courses

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

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978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Instrumentation Division Technical Session 3

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Instrumentation

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Diversity

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

26.720.1 - 26.720.11

DOI

10.18260/p.24057

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https://peer.asee.org/24057

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96

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Xavier Shastri Domnique Henry University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Lei Zhang University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Dr. Lei Zhang received his Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering on 2011 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Since 2012 he is working in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore. His main research interests include image processing, autonomous system, optical SoC/NoC architecture, and on-chip optoelectronic device design.

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Abhijit Nagchaudhuri University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Dr. Abhijit Nagchaudhuri is currently a Professor in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He is a member American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and, American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers(ASABE) and is actively involved in teaching and research in the fields of (i) robotics and mechatronics, (ii)remote sensing and precision agriculture, and,(iii) biofuels and renewable energy. He has published more than 70 refereed articles in journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Nagchaudhuri received his baccalaureate degree from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India with honors in Mechanical Engineering. Thereafter, he worked in a multinational industry for a little over three years before joining Tulane University as a graduate student in the fall of 1987. He received master’s degree from Tulane University in 1989 and doctoral degree from Duke University 1992.

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Madhumi Mitra Ph.D. University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Dr. Madhumi Mitra is currently a professor of environmental sciences in the department of Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She is also the coordinator of Biology and Chemistry Education. Dr. Mitra is actively involved in teaching and research in the areas of biofuels and renewable energy; applications of algae in food and environment; and water quality. She has published several peer-reviewed articles in journals and conference proceedings, and is the recipient of various awards and competitive grants. Dr. Mitra received her baccalaureate degree from Presidence College in Kolkata, India with honors in Plant Biology, Geology, and Physiology. She received her master’s degree from University of Calcutta, India, and her doctoral degree from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC in 2002.

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Christopher E Hartman University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Christopher Alan Toney II University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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Christopher Toney is a Senior Engineering Student at University of Maryland Eastern Shore graduating in Spring 2015. He enjoys the technical aspect of putting a system together to solve engineering problems. When he graduates he hopes to work for a research company as a systems engineer.

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Ayokunle Adeyemi Akangbe University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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I was born and raised in Nigeria, but came to the United States when I was twelve years old. I am currently a Sophomore at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore majoring in Mechanical Engineering. After obtaining my bachelor's degree, I plan on getting my Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering

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Experiential Learning Framework for Design and Development of Environmental Data Acquisition System Enhances Student Learning in Undergraduate Engineering Courses Kolb's experiential learning is a well-known effective model in education which outlines aprocess whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. As studentsimmerse themselves in an active learning framework; acquisition of knowledge results from thecombination of participation, assimilation, comprehension and conceptualization of experientialprocesses in the affective, psychomotor and cognitive domains. In this paper we outline efforts to assimilate Kolb’s cycle in teaching several relatedengineering and science courses, including Instrumentation, Physics, Environmental Sciences,Basic Circuits, Programming Language, and Microprocessor Systems and to involve selectedstudents from these courses to work on specific needs for a microprocessor based environmentaldata acquisition system. The data acquisition system developed will be incorporated to anIntegrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) system and an autonomous boat underdevelopment at University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) with suitable adaptation. While developing the data acquisition system, the engineering students not only get exposureto a cross-disciplinary team of collaborating faculty members from engineering, environmentalsciences and aviation programs at the university but also work closely with graduate studentsinvolved in the research efforts. The undergraduate students have worked with the faculty andgraduate students and have followed the system development procedure, and distilled the projectobjectives, identified design requirements, characterized system specifications, sourced allrequired components, and are well on the way to complete building the system. The final systemis based on Arduino MEGA microprocessor board, with the capability to measure eightenvironmental parameters including temperature, color, dissolved oxygen, oxidation reductionpotential (ORP), pH, and, nitrate. Anecdotal evidence can be readily observed from the studentengagement and informal feedback. Formal assessment tools for documenting outcomes arebeing developed to appraise student learning and will be utilized, assessed, and reported in thepaper.

Henry, X. S. D., & Zhang, L., & Nagchaudhuri, A., & Mitra, M., & Hartman, C. E., & Toney, C. A., & Akangbe, A. A. (2015, June), Experiential Learning Framework for Design and Development of Environmental Data Acquisition System Enhances Student Learning in Undergraduate Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24057

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