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Instrumentation Laboratory: Challenges of Teaching a Large Class

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2014 ASEE International Forum

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 14, 2014

Start Date

June 14, 2014

End Date

June 14, 2014

Conference Session

Track 1 - Session 2

Tagged Topic

Curriculum and Lab Development

Page Count

8

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20.23.1 - 20.23.8

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https://peer.asee.org/17186

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Miquela Trujillo University of New Mexico

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Miquela Trujillo graduated with a BSME degree from New Mexico Tech and is currently a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, doing research on shock-accelerated multiphase flows.

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Peter Vorobieff

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Francisco Martin Vigil University of New Mexico

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Francisco Vigil is from Española, NM. He graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technooogy in December 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico. Throughout his undergraduate degree, Francisco was the President of the NMT Society of Automotive Engineers Student Chapter. During his time as president, the chapter grew to become one of the largest chapters in the world. He also volunteered at the NM State Science and Engineering Fair and NM State Science Olympiad. Francisco was awarded the NMT Student Appreciation Award (2013), the DOE Summer Visiting Faculty-Student Fellowship at Sandia National Laboratories (2013), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Outstanding Scholarship Award (2012).

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Tennille Charisse Bernard The University of New Mexico

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Ms. Bernard is a graduate student of The University of New Mexico. As both a student and a teacher, she is a prime candidate to provide input that would improve the way engineering subjects are taught to students. By collaborating with other like-minded students and teachers, Ms. Bernard seeks to improve the quality of education that the students receive in a manner that positively affects more students.

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Clinton Lee Corbin University of New Mexico

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Research and teaching assistant at the University of New Mexico

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Abstract

Instrumentation Laboratory: Challenges of Teaching a Large Class Keyword: instrumentation, engineering education, diagnostics, laboratoryAbstractRegardless of the exact job description and duties, for every engineer, it is essential to understandhow data are acquired and analyzed. Therefore, the implementation of an instrumentationlaboratory in an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering curriculum is necessary. A laboratoryspecialized in instrumentation provides students with hands-on experiences – a componentmissing from many traditional courses, which focus mainly on theory. This course allowsstudents to comprehend and apply the various methods and types of diagnostics that are used tocollect data in numerous mechanical systems. The main challenge in an instrumentationlaboratory at large engineering institutions is the class size. As a result, the amount of hands-onexperience each student receives decreases. This paper will discuss techniques andimprovements that were implemented to successfully teach different instrumentation techniquesto undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students in a large (100 students) class environmentwhile retaining the hands-on approach. Draft 1/13/14

Trujillo, M., & Vorobieff, P., & Vigil, F. M., & Bernard, T. C., & Corbin, C. L. (2014, June), Instrumentation Laboratory: Challenges of Teaching a Large Class Paper presented at 2014 ASEE International Forum, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/17186

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