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Integration Of Hands On Experience Into Dynamic Systems Teaching

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Trends in Mechanical Engineering

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8.751.1 - 8.751.11



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Richard Lundstrom

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Ram Chandran

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Arnaldo Mazzei

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Session 1566

Integration of Hands-on Experience into Dynamics Systems Teaching

Arnaldo Mazzei, Ram Chandran, Richard Lundstrom

Kettering University Mechanical Engineering Department 1700 West Third Av Flint, MI 48504 USA


With the advent of significant developments in technology the process of product development is undergoing remarkable changes. Companies now require engineers who understand broader multi- disciplinary systems and their working. Kettering University is currently engaged in reforming its curriculum to meet some of these demands. The objective of this paper is to discuss two new core courses that were developed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the area of multi- disciplinary dynamic systems in order to reach this goal. The idea is to teach these courses using a unified approach to systems, with hands-on laboratory experience and system simulation using software tools like MATLAB®, and focusing on an inquiry-based problem-driven approach. This is a team effort and a number of faculty members from the ME Department will be involved in executing this project. Upon completion of these courses, the students should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of design, modeling, simulation, analysis, and identification of multi-disciplinary engineering systems.

This paper describes how the courses are laid out in order to achieve the desired goals and how the laboratory experiments should fit into the courses to promote this multidisciplinary understanding.


Kettering University, formerly known as GMI Engineering & Management Institute, offers Bachelors Degree programs in Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, and Management. Kettering students begin a unique five year cooperative education program in their freshmen year by alternating 12 week period of classroom studies with related work experience in over 600 corporate affiliates. The Kettering Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department has an enrollment of

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Lundstrom, R., & Chandran, R., & Mazzei, A. (2003, June), Integration Of Hands On Experience Into Dynamic Systems Teaching Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11397

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