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Integration of materials visualization with a materials database in a Materials Science and Engineering freshman course

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2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference

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Virtual

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April 16, 2021

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April 16, 2021

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April 17, 2021

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Posters and Workshops

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Workshops and Posters

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1

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10.18260/1-2--38269

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https://peer.asee.org/38269

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Kisung Kang University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1539-6795

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Kisung Kang is a Ph.D. Candidate, Mavis Future Faculty Fellow, and the computational teaching assistant in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Yonsei University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. His research in the Schleife group and the Cahill group focuses on studying the properties of metallic antiferromagnetic materials through the first-principles study within Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

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Matthew D Goodman University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

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Dr. Goodman received degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Iowa State (B.S. & M.S.) and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He is a lecturer in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at University of Illinois since 2014 with current research interests in (1) energy harvesting and storage obtained through nanostructured materials, (2) engineering education research through outreaches, specifically in the K-12 classroom, and (3) improving engineering education in the college curriculum.

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Jessica A. Krogstad University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

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Jessica A. Krogstad is an assistant professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She received her PhD in Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. Between 2012 and 2014, she held a postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Her current research explores the interplay between phase or morphological evolution and material functionality in structural materials under extreme conditions. She also maintains interest in engineering education, specifically in outreach and design thinking.

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Dallas R Trinkle University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

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Dallas R. Trinkle is an associate professor in Materials Science and Engineering at Univ. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Ohio State University in 2003. Following his time as a National Research Council postdoctoral researcher at the Air Force Research Laboratory, he joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Univ. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2006. He was a TMS Young Leader International Scholar in 2008, received the NSF/CAREER award in 2009, the Xerox Award for Faculty Research at Illinois in 2011, the AIME Robert Lansing Hardy Award in 2014, co-chaired the 2011 Physical Metallurgy Gordon Research conference, and became a Willett Faculty Scholar at Illinois in 2015. His research focuses on defects in materials using density-functional theory, and novel techniques to understand problems in mechanical behavior and transport.

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Pinshane Y Huang University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Pinshane Y. Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University, as well as a B.A. in Physics from Carleton College.

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Andre Schleife

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André Schleife is a Blue Waters Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He obtained his Diploma and Ph.D. at Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany for his theoretical work on transparent conducting oxides. Before he started at UIUC he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on a project that aimed at a description of non-adiabatic electron ion dynamics. His research revolves around excited electronic states and their dynamics in various materials using accurate computational methods and making use of modern super computers in order to understand, for instance, how light is absorbed in photo-voltaic materials.

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Abstract

We incorporated and improved computational modules across the undergraduate curriculum for several years, hence, students have experience with computational skills in molecular dynamics, density functional theory, and thermodynamics. In Fall of 2019, visualization components were added to our MSE182 freshman course, to assist in understanding materials’ three-dimensional structures early in the curriculum. As the use of materials databases has surged, in Fall of 2020 we also integrated the current module with a materials database to make students more comfortable with it. Students are supposed to find materials in the database and download corresponding crystallographic files, which are then interfaced with the visualization program, to analyze their structure and symmetry. Students are also asked to compare the visualization result with experimental results. To evaluate the outcome of these modifications, a detailed survey was executed, and the answers about utilization and satisfaction were collected. The majority of students felt comfortable to use the materials database and are interested in using it in future courses. Student responses will be used to improve the current implementation of the module.

Kang, K., & Goodman, M. D., & Krogstad, J. A., & Trinkle, D. R., & Huang, P. Y., & Schleife, A. (2021, April), Integration of materials visualization with a materials database in a Materials Science and Engineering freshman course Paper presented at 2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference, Virtual. 10.18260/1-2--38269

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