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Incorporating the Use of a Materials Database into a Materials Science and Engineering Freshman Course

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Computational Tools & Analysis

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Materials

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13

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Kisung Kang University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1539-6795

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Kisung Kang is a Ph.D. Candidate, Mavis Future Faculty Fellow, and the computational teaching assistant in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Yonsei University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. His research in the Schleife group and the Cahill group focuses on studying the properties of metallic antiferromagnetic materials through the first-principles study within Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

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Matthew D. Goodman University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

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Dr. Goodman received degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Iowa State (B.S. & M.S.) and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He is a lecturer in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at University of Illinois since 2014 with current research interests in (1) energy harvesting and storage obtained through nanostructured materials, (2) engineering education research through outreaches, specifically in the K-12 classroom, and (3) improving engineering education in the college curriculum.

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Jessica A. Krogstad University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

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Jessica A. Krogstad is an assistant professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She received her PhD in Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. Between 2012 and 2014, she held a postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Her current research explores the interplay between phase or morphological evolution and material functionality in structural materials under extreme conditions. She also maintains interest in engineering education, specifically in outreach and design thinking.

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Cecilia Leal University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

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Cecília Leal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign since 2012. She graduated in Industrial Chemistry from Coimbra University in Portugal and received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Lund University, supervised by Prof. Wennerström. After working for a year in the Norwegian Radium Hospital, she joined Prof. Safinya’s Lab at the University of California in Santa Barbara as a postdoctoral fellow. Her research interests focus on the characterization and functionalization of lipid materials for cellular delivery. She is the recipient of a number of distinctions including the National Science Foundation CAREER award and the NIH New innovator award.

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Pinshane Y. Huang University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Pinshane Y. Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University, as well as a B.A. in Physics from Carleton College.

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Andre Schleife University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

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André Schleife is a Blue Waters Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He obtained his Diploma and Ph.D. at Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany for his theoretical work on transparent conducting oxides. Before he started at UIUC he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on a project that aimed at a description of non-adiabatic electron ion dynamics. His research revolves around excited electronic states and their dynamics in various materials using accurate computational methods and making use of modern super computers in order to understand, for instance, how light is absorbed in photo-voltaic materials.

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Over the past years, our team has taken a concerted effort to integrate computational modules into courses across the undergraduate curriculum, in order to equip students with computational skills in a variety of contexts that span the field of Materials Science and Engineering. This effort has proven sustainable during the recent period of online transition of many courses, illustrating one of the benefits of computational modules. The most recent addition to our set of modules included a visualization component that was incorporated into our introductory freshman course for the first time in Fall 2019. Students can perform this module either using local computing labs, access those resources remotely, or can use their own computers. In the Fall of 2020, we modified this module and expanded it towards the utilization of a materials database to teach students how to search for materials with specific properties. The results were then interfaced with the previously existing visualization module to connect the structure and symmetry of materials with their properties and to compare them with experimental results. We implement a more detailed survey to learn to what extent students gained the capability of using databases for future research and education. We will also use these responses to further develop and improve our existing modules.

Kang, K., & Goodman, M. D., & Krogstad, J. A., & Leal, C., & Huang, P. Y., & Schleife, A. (2021, July), Incorporating the Use of a Materials Database into a Materials Science and Engineering Freshman Course Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37323

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