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Integrated Hands-on Dynamics Laboratories in the Classroom

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Laboratory Innovations

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Mechanical Engineering

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25.790.1 - 25.790.16



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Arif Sirinterlikci Robert Morris University Orcid 16x16

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Arif Sirinterlikci is a professor of engineering at Robert Morris University School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science. He also serves as a Director of Engineering Laboratories as well as Co-head of the Research and Outreach Center. He has been an active member of ASEE and SME, serving as an officer of both societies and engaged in engineering education and K-12 outreach.

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Tony Lee Kerzmann Robert Morris University Orcid 16x16

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Tony Kerzmann received both a bachelor's of arts in physics from Duquesne University and a bachelor's of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004. After graduating, Kerzmann enrolled in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated with a master's of science and a doctorate of philosophy in mechanical engineering in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Kerzmann is currently an Assistant Professor at Robert Morris University, where he teaches mechanical engineering courses, as well as courses on alternative energy. His research interests include hybrid concentrating photovoltaic systems, energy system life cycle assessment, renewable energy product development, and active learning.

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Integrated Hands-On Dynamics Laboratories in the ClassroomAbstractHands-on learning and experimentation are very important aspects of mechanical engineeringeducation. Unfortunately, the integration of mechanical system demonstrations, laboratoryactivities, and their relevant assignments into mechanical engineering coursework are not alwayseasily accomplished or cost effective. At Robert Morris University, the curriculum is gearedtoward hands-on laboratories that coincide with the classroom theory. In order to better illustratemechanical systems concepts, collaboration between the manufacturing and mechanicalengineering professors has led to development of a number of laboratory sets based-on VEXRobotics Development System. These sets have been used throughout the curriculum to provideeducational, hands-on examples where the students can employ theoretical concepts andassociated mathematical models to solve real-life engineering problems. In the process, thestudents remain engaged by conducting simple experiments and collecting data throughacquisition sensors of VEX mechanisms, utilizing Working Model or Solid Works MotionStudy software tools for numerical analysis, and comparing analytical, numerical andexperimental results in their discussions of the mechanisms or machines in question. Althoughthe emphasis of these laboratories is on matching the setups to the current classroom mechanicalengineering topics, there is also an added goal of maintaining a real-world entertainment value inclassroom activities in addition to having flexible laboratory construction system for a widerange of possibilities and relative ease of dissemination to other mechanical engineeringprograms.

Sirinterlikci, A., & Kerzmann, T. L. (2012, June), Integrated Hands-on Dynamics Laboratories in the Classroom Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21547

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