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Integration of Agriculture Research into Manufacturing Design and Implementation Projects

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Design & Development Projects and Practices

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Zhenhua Wu Virginia State University

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Dr. Zhenhua Wu, is currently an Assistant Professor in Manufacturing Engineering at Virginia State University. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. His current research interests focus on cybermanufacturing, sustainable manufacturing, and adaptive digital machining.

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Shahzad Akbar Virginia State University

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Dr. Akbar received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and his MS from MIT. He has many years of industrial Research and Development experience at IBM Microelectronics, DuPont and Siemens. He has also conducted research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NASA, Naval Research Lab and Army Research Lab. Presently, he is a tenured Associate Professor in the Engineering Department at Virginia State University.

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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. 10.18260/1-2--30693

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