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Interactive Scenario Based Teaching of Metal Casting Process

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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22.939.1 - 22.939.15



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Mrinal C. Saha University of Oklahoma

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Dr. Saha is currently serving the University of Oklahoma as an Assistant Professor in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of processing, characterization, and modeling of advanced composites, sandwich structures, thin films, advanced cellular materials, synthesis and applications of nanomaterials for hybrid multifunctional materials and structures. He has published over 25 peer-reviewed journals and over 60 conference papers. Dr. Saha has organized several technical sessions in the area of nanocomposites in various national and international conferences. He served as a vice chair of the ASME IMECE technical committee on Composites and Heterogeneous Materials and currently serving as a Chair. He is the faculty advisor of the Sooner Powered Vehicle (SPV) Challenge team at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Saha has won numerous awards including Best Paper Award, Junior Faculty Research award, Faculty Performance Award for Research, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, and Special Doctoral Research Assistantship Award.

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Zahed Siddique University of Oklahoma

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Dr. Zahed Siddique is currently working as an Associate Professor at the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering of University of Oklahoma. His research interest in Engineering Education are in Experiential Learning, Games for Engineering Education, and Peer-to-Peer Learning.

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Firas Akasheh Tuskegee University

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Bipul Barua University of Oklahoma


Christof Heisser MAGMA Foundry Technologies, Inc.

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Christof received his equivalent of a Masters Degree in Foundry Technology at the Technical University of Clausthal in Clausthal/Germany. After his first employment as Leader of Research & Development at Thyssen Feinguss, an Aluminum Investment Casting Foundry in Soest/Germany, he joined MAGMA GmbH in Aachen/Germany in a Marketing & Support position. Christof moved to MAGMA Foundry Technologies, Inc.’s Chicago office in 1995 as Foundry Application Engineer. He now is the President of MAGMA Foundry Technologies, Inc. Christof is a member of AFS, where he participates in several AFS committees. He also is a member of DIS and SAE and is known as the author of several technical papers.

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Shaiful M. Arif University of Oklahoma

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Interactive Scenario Based Teaching of Metal Casting ProcessTraditional instructional approach in engineering is mainly “teacher-centered” and lacks innurturing the students’ skills in today’s changing world. Studies show that students can learnmore effectively when they are actively involved in the learning process. Various non-traditionalapproaches such as project-based, problem-based and case studies-based learning have beenfound to improve student’s learning of engineering concepts. Instructional approaches thatengage students can stimulate active learning, prepare students to solve open-ended real-worldproblems, and serve as a natural link to subsequent courses in the STEM disciplines. Recentlywe have developed a Create your Scenario Interactively (CSI) module using ExperientialLearning as the model to provide an engaging learning experience on metal casting process byallowing students to visualize and interact with 2D/3D objects. The CSI modules are divided intothree interactive sections: (i) a theoretical section to present the fundamentals in an interactiveeLecture; (ii) a detailed design scenario, with simulations, for instructor to demonstrate the use ofCSI module; and (iii) design scenario for students to solve and explore issues and factors relatedto casting.The CSI module on metal casting has been implemented at sophomore level manufacturingengineering courses at the University of Oklahoma and Tuskegee University. The pedagogicaleffectiveness of the CSI module has been evaluated in several areas such as students’engagement, students’ learning, team experience, etc. through pre- and post- test, and surveyquestionnaires. Our preliminary results suggest that a majority of the students felt that the CSImodule was very effective in keeping them engaged. Results also indicate that CSI moduleimproved understanding of the metal casting process. The details of the CSI, implementationplan, and evaluation results will be presented in this paper.

Saha, M. C., & Siddique, Z., & Akasheh, F., & Barua, B., & Heisser, C., & Arif, S. M. (2011, June), Interactive Scenario Based Teaching of Metal Casting Process Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18981

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