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Implementation of a Project-based Learning Approach to Undergraduate Education: Case Study of Optimization Course in Industrial Engineering

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

IED Technical Session: Preparing for the Future Through Projects and Research

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Industrial Engineering

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Behin Elahi Purdue University, Fort Wayne

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Dr. Behin Elahi is an Assistant Professor in Industrial Engineering/Industrial Engineering Technology at Purdue University, Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne, Indiana). Previously, she was fixed-term instructor at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) teaching courses such a manufacturing plan and control, supply chain modeling and management. She got her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toledo (Toledo, OH) in 2016. She has also a Master degree in industrial Engineering and was a consultant/ project manager of the Business Waste Reduction Assistance Program (BWRAP), a partnership between EPA, University of Toledo and Lucas County in Ohio from 2012-2016. She is a professional and an active member of the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Institute for Industrial and System Engineering.

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This paper focuses on the benefits of a course-based undergraduate research experience in industrial engineering. Undergraduate students in optimization course are involved in a research project on recognition of recycling opportunities in a health care system located in Ohio, U.S. A new multi-criteria decision-making technique based on a fuzzy set theory and VIKOR method is applied to assess health care waste disposal technologies including incineration, steam sterilization, microwave, and landfilling. The proposed approach estimates the GHG reductions and potential economic benefit derived from increased recycling for the case study. The key findings from the study demonstrate that the undergraduate research improves the students’ attitudes towards engineering, higher-order cognitive learning, self-efficacy, ease of learning the subject matter, team working and communication skills; all relevant objectives related to engineering accreditation.

Elahi, B. (2018, June), Implementation of a Project-based Learning Approach to Undergraduate Education: Case Study of Optimization Course in Industrial Engineering Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30613

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