Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Virginia State University (VSU) is an 1890 Land-Grant institution. In the fiscal year (FY) 2015, a USDA project jointly submitted by College of Agriculture and College of Engineering & Technology was funded. The Manufacturing Engineering program at VSU is tasked to design a dryer for hop postharvest processing. In Spring 2017, a dryer project related to the grant was carried out as part of the “Manufacturing Design and Implementation” class. The joint research and education activities also address the recent USDA/NIFA Priority area “STEAM and Entrepreneurship Education”. This paper details the challenges, solutions and outcomes of this design implementation project. The learning outcome from this project can improve the curriculum of 1) Product Design, 2) Manufacturing Processes, 2) Thermal Engineering, and 4) Manufacturing Automation etc. Direct and indirect assessment results illustrated that the joint activities between agriculture and engineering can provide practical problems for students. The teaching strategies for this design course also effectively helped students to achieve the desired learning outcome.
Wu, Z., & Rutto, L. K., & Akbar, S. (2018, June), Integration of Agriculture Research into Manufacturing Design and Implementation Projects Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30693
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