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Integration of SAE Student Competition with Project Course

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies Division Technical Session 6

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Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies

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Marc Poynter Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Graduate Student at IUPUI.

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Swapnil Bansode


Tejesh Charles Dube Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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I am a Mechanical Engineering graduate student interested in structural and material science application in the field of mechanical engineering

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Michael Golub Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis Orcid 16x16

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Michael Golub is the Academic Laboratory Supervisor for the Mechanical Engineering department at IUPUI. He is an associate faculty at the same school, and has taught at several other colleges. He has conducted research related to Arctic Electric Vehicles and 3D printed plastics and metals. He participated and advised several student academic competition teams for several years. His team won 1st place in the 2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. He has two masters degrees: one M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.F.A. in Television Production. He also has three B.S. degrees in Liberal Arts, Mechanical Engineering, and Sustainable Energy.

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Jing Zhang Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Jing Zhang's research interests are broadly centered on understanding the processing-structure-property relationships in advanced ceramics and metals for optimal performance in application, and identifying desirable processing routes for its manufacture. To this end, the research group employs a blend of experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches, focusing on several areas, including:

1. Processing-Microstructure-Property-Performance Relationships: thermal barrier coating, solid oxide fuel cell, hydrogen transport membrane, lithium-ion battery
2. Physics-based Multi-scale Models: ab initio, molecular dynamics (MD), discrete element models (DEM), finite element models (FEM)
3. Coupled Phenomena: diffusion-thermomechanical properties
4. Additve Manufacturing (AM) or 3D Printing: AM materials characterization, AM process (laser metal powder bed fusion, ceramic slurry extrusion) design and modeling


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In the past, the project courses at IUPUI do not have any metrics to measure their success in a real world environment. We recently allowed several capstone design teams to perform Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) student design competitions as their projects. The outcome and benefit of the change are clear. The students are more motivated and willing to adopt new technologies in their project courses. Through competitions, students learn how to complete the project in the context of system. Performing these competitions requires adequate laboratory and shop space, as well as adequate funding. This paper will address these challenges, and provide justification for continued participation in these competitions. To assess the impact of these changes, we provide a summary of the student work. We interviewed students about their experiences. We also coded student work and interviews using qualitative analysis methods.

Poynter, M., & Bansode, S., & Dube, T. C., & Golub, M., & Zhang, J. (2019, June), Integration of SAE Student Competition with Project Course Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32998

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