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Impact of Project Based Learning in Introduction to Engineering/ Technology Class

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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 First-Year Project-Based Learning

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22.801.1 - 22.801.10



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Alok K. Verma Old Dominion University

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Dr. Alok K. Verma is Ray Ferrari Professor and, Director of the Lean Institute at Old Dominion University. He also serves as the Director of the Automated Manufacturing Laboratory. Dr. Verma received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, M.S. in Engineering Mechanics and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from ODU. Prof. Verma is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Virginia, a certified manufacturing engineer and has certifications in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. He has organized several international conferences as General Chair, including ICAM-2006 and ICAM-1999 and also serves as associate editor for three International Journals. He serves as the President of the International Society of Agile Manufacturing and as the chief editor of the International Journal of Agile Manufacturing. Dr. Verma’s scholarly publications include more than 77 journal articles and papers in conference proceedings and over 50 technical reports. He is actively involved in applied research, and has served as a PI or Co-PI on several funded competitive grants exceeding $4.0 million. Dr. Verma has developed and delivered training program in Lean Enterprise & Design for Manufacturing for Northrop Grumman Newport News, STIHL and several other companies in U.S. He has developed simulation based training programs for shipbuilding and repair industry under a grant from the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP). He is well known internationally and has been invited to deliver keynote addresses and invited papers at more than 12 national and international conferences on Lean/Agile manufacturing. Dr. Verma has received the Regional Alumni Award for Excellence for contribution to Lean Manufacturing research, the International Education Award at ODU and Ben Sparks Medal by ASME. He is active in ASME, ASEE, SME, IIE, and SNAME. Dr. Verma continues to serve the Hampton Roads community in various leadership positions.

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Impact of Project Based Learning in Introduction to Engineering/ Technology Class Abstract: Project based learning (PBL) has a proven record as a teaching tool. Conceptsthat are often hard to grasp are made easy by the use of project based activities. Theconstructivism learning theory suggests that people learn better by actively participatingin the process of learning. The Introduction to Engineering and Engineering Technology class has beenmodified to include project based learning kits to engage freshmen early on in theprogram. The goal is to demonstrate students the link between the scientific principlesand their engineering applications. The course is team taught by faculty from variousengineering and technology disciplines to provide students experience related to multiplefields to help them identify their career discipline. Students work in groups to builddevices and test them. Student evaluations indicate a marked increase in learning and comprehension ofscientific principles and engineering concepts. The paper will discuss the design anddevelopment effort that have gone into creating the PBL kits that were developed relatedto Marine and Maritime industry. It will also discuss implementation within the courseand results from pre and post surveys from students.

Verma, A. K. (2011, June), Impact of Project Based Learning in Introduction to Engineering/ Technology Class Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18082

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