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Implementation of Computer Aided Engineering in an Undergraduate Curriculum

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2020 ASEE North Central Section conference


Morgantown, West Virginia

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March 27, 2020

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March 27, 2020

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May 20, 2020

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Nadir Yilmaz P.E. Howard University

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Dr. Nadir Yilmaz is a professor and the department chair of Mechanical Engineering at Howard University, as well as, a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) and consultant. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Bradley University and New Mexico State University, respectively. He is a Fellow of ASME, a Fellow of NSPE and a Fellow of SAE International. He has been a noted author of many publications in the fields of combustion, CFD, rocket propulsion and automotive engineering. He was a U.S. Department of Energy Visiting Faculty Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories in 2012 and 2013. He has educated and trained many underrepresented minority and female students via various STEM programs including NSF-funded AMP (Alliance for Minority Participation) program.

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Hyung D. Bae Howard University

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Dr. Hyung D. Bae received his B.S. M.S. degree in mechanical engineering of Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 2004 and 2006, respectively, and Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering of the University of Maryland in 2013. He was a Research Assistant of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Maryland from 2013 to 2016. He joined Howard University as a faculty in 2016. He was a nominee of A. James Clark School of Engineering fellowship from the University of Maryland (2008–2011) and is one of the inventors of U.S. patent, “Ultra-miniature fiber-optic pressure sensor system and method of fabrication”. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Optical Society (OSA).

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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.

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