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First Year Engineering collaborations with traditional engineering departments, to introduce students to foundational concepts, through hands-on laboratory exercises.

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2018 FYEE Conference

Location

Glassboro, New Jersey

Publication Date

July 24, 2018

Start Date

July 24, 2018

End Date

July 26, 2018

Conference Session

Technical Session IX

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FYEE Conference Sessions

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3

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https://peer.asee.org/31400

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Kadri Akinola Akanni Parris Ohio State University

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Dr. Kadri A.A. Parris is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University (OSU). He is the holder of a Master’s Degree in Transportation Engineering and received his Doctorate in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical) with a concentration in Pavement Design, both at OSU. In addition, he holds Project Management Professional (PMP) certification with the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Dr. Parris is actively involved in curriculum design, introduction of innovative pedagogies of engagement and the practice of engineering education through teaching several courses across the department. He is integrally involved in the design and delivery of the Pre-Freshman and Cooperative Education Program and others of that ilk at OSU, as a part of his specific interest in soft skill development, diversity, recruitment and retention initiatives.

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Krista M Kecskemety Ohio State University

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Krista Kecskemety is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. Krista received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University in 2006 and received her M.S. from Ohio State in 2007. In 2012, Krista completed her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at Ohio State. Her engineering education research interests include investigating first-year engineering student experiences, faculty experiences, and the connection between the two.

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Abstract

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At The Ohio State University, the Department of Engineering Education has sought to engage the traditional departments in the College of Engineering. One such collaboration has been one between the Department of Engineering Education (EED) and the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department. The advantage of initiatives of this ilk, is to expose students to real applications in traditional disciplines, thereby allowing them to make decisions about their undergraduate pursuit. The MSE Department at OSU proposed a laboratory exercise to which explores the four (4) tenets of material science, namely structure, processing, properties and performance. This was achieved by using nylon fishing line for processing, by applying a rotational force until the line coiled and formed into a spring. Students were able to further investigate what happens to the same material when it is further processed. The second example of processing was to heat treat the spring under load. After successful treatment which served to alter the entropy in the material, this spring became artificial muscle and demonstrate the ability to do work (force x distance). The students are then asked to conduct an economic analysis regarding the feasibility of the cost of production of their spring vis-à-vis springs with similar properties in the market.

As students are exposed to traditional disciplines through hands-on labs, the possibility exists that their intellectual curiosity can be piqued as the student then benefits from practical exposure instead of a serendipitous encounter.

Parris, K. A. A., & Kecskemety, K. M. (2018, July), First Year Engineering collaborations with traditional engineering departments, to introduce students to foundational concepts, through hands-on laboratory exercises. Paper presented at 2018 FYEE Conference, Glassboro, New Jersey. https://peer.asee.org/31400

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