Morgantown, West Virginia
March 27, 2020
March 27, 2020
May 20, 2020
Based on the current projections, the United States will become a majority-minority country in terms of population distribution by 2043. By 2060, the Hispanic population will be doubled and the African-American population will have increased by a factor of 1.5, along with increases in other minority groups. With this rapid increase in minority populations, it is important to educate and train them as STEM specialists, in order to keep a worldwide presence as a nation with innovative, cutting-edge research and maintain leading universities, along with an overall strong leadership position on the world’s stage. This paper outlines the inclusion of a course called Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), which would traditionally be offered at the graduate level, into an undergraduate curriculum as a tool to educate and train the next generation of minority students early-on as industry-ready professionals. A junior-level course, CAE consists of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computer Aided Design (CAD) and optimization. Although students get trained to use CAD software as freshmen, they need additional training on analysis and optimization of engineering systems prior to capstone design series. This course provides an opportunity to teach not only using computational tools but also providing a fundamental understanding of engineering analysis and optimization. Associated with presentation of this course, the paper will also discuss Autodesk Generative Design process and how its innovative approach revolutionizes product design and optimization in engineering education and engineering practice.
Yilmaz, N., & Bae, H. D. (2020, March), Implementation of Computer Aided Engineering in an Undergraduate Curriculum Paper presented at 2020 ASEE North Central Section conference, Morgantown, West Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/35737
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