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Extrovert: Helping AES Develop Advanced Concepts

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Aerospace Teaching and Learning II

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22.695.1 - 22.695.13

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Narayanan M. Komerath Georgia Institute of Technology

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Professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

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Marilyn Smith Georgia Institute of Technology

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Brian German Georgia Institute of Technology


Dolores S. Krausche Florida Center for Engineering Education

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Dr. Dolores S. Krausche,
Program Director, Florida Center for Engineering Education, Gainesville, Florida 32601,

Dolores Krausche came to academe with an experiential background in research and development in the areas of military engineering and astrophysics. For more than fifteen years she worked with such organizations as the Naval Coastal Systems Center, David W. Taylor Naval Ship and Development Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Bell Aerospace Textron, and EDS, among others.

She served as the principal investigator and test director for infrared detectability assessments for the U.S. Navy’s Amphibious Assault Landing Craft Program, as editor for operations manuals for the Navy’s Special Warfare submarine delivery vehicles, and as associate program director for projects in electronic countermeasures and radar detection of submarine towed arrays. Her graduate studies in the area of high-resolution spectral analyses of Jovian decametric radiation, leading to a Ph.D. from the University of Florida, also included extensive field work in the installation and operation of observing stations in Florida and Chile.

Her collaborations with the faculty of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida led to an appointment as the Administrator for Undergraduate Programs in 1990. There she served on numerous department, college, and university-wide curriculum committees, including the University Senate, while also participating as co-principal investigator to develop and implement programs in process engineering for the National Science Foundation’s SUCCEED Coalition.

In the last several years, she established the Florida Center for Engineering Education, a consulting group dedicated to support curricular development, program assessment for accreditation and university-industry collaboration. Through workshop sessions and mentoring, faculty are guided through the assessment process to meet program educational objectives and achieve best practices following ABET’s Engineering Criteria 2000.

As a consultant, she has contributed to the University of Florida's MAE program by conducting numerous assessments and comparative gap analyses, based on the Department’s database as well as ratings and data from the “US News & World Report,” American Society for Engineering Education and the Aerospace Department Chair’s Association. She has also conducted a faculty mentoring program with the objectives of supporting and validating an instructor’s effort to enhance teaching methods.

She has participated in the ASEE activities since the early nineties, chairing numerous technical sessions, concerned with issues in accreditation and design, while advancing through the succession of offices from Program Chair to Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Division in 2000. In 2002, she received the Division’s Distinguished Service Award. As a member of AIAA, she chaired technical sessions and served on the General Committee, which organized the jointly sponsored AIAA/SAE World Aviation Congress in 1999. She currently serves on AIAA’s Aircraft Design Technical Committee, Student and Technical Activities Committees as liaison, the Academic Affairs Committee as the 2009 - 2011 Education Program Chair and as a Program Evaluator for ABET accreditation.

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Erian A. Armanios University of Texas, Arlington

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EXTROVERT: HELPING AES DEVELOP ADVANCED CONCEPTSThe EXTROVERT project builds resources to enable engineers to solve problems cuttingacross disciplines. The approach is to enable learners to gain confidence with the processof solving problems, starting with their own preferred learning styles as far as possible.Ideas being implemented include a design-centered portal to aerospace engineering,vertical streams of technical content, learning assignments using case studies, a library ofsolved problems accessible from course content, and integrative concept modules. Theproject experiments with assessment strategies to measure learning in time to improve it.An introductory paper presented last year laid out the issues and built the concepts fordealing with them, summarizing the first year’s progress.In this paper, we present second year experience, with actual classroom and project use ofthe resources developed so far. The McMahon Library of solved problems has been usedin undergaduate courses at the sophomore and junior/senior levels in Fall 2010, and willbe used in graduate classes in Spring 2011, with the experience reported in the paper.Advanced concept development experience on several projects is included in the newexperience base. Thus both depth and breadth issues are being addressed.In high speed aerodynamics, the availability of such resources made it possible to givestudents the ability to review prior course material, and refresh problem-solvingexperience. This had the surprising effect of allowing the instructor to expose areas wherestudents needed better comprehension. It also denied many students the comfort zone ofnot going outside the immediate course material of the present course. As the Fallsemester progressed, students started coming “alive”, showing a remarkable level ofenthusiasm and attention for required core courses. AcknowledgementsThe work reported in this paper was made possible by resources being developed for the“EXTROVERT” cross-disciplinary learning project under NASA Grant NNX09AF67GS01. Mr. Anthony Springer is the Technical Monitor.

Komerath, N. M., & Smith, M., & German, B., & Krausche, D. S., & Armanios, E. A. (2011, June), Extrovert: Helping AES Develop Advanced Concepts Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC.

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