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Intro to Mechanical Engineering: A New Course To Improve Major Trajectory

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ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference


Waco, Texas

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March 24, 2021

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March 24, 2021

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March 26, 2021

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Ahmed Ali HASAN University of New Mexico

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Dr. Hasan taught many undergraduate classes in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico. He has research experience in the interaction of inorganic contaminants with mineral surfaces, colloidal transport of radioactive and metal contaminants and their applications to remediation, physicochemical characterization of soil and mineral surfaces, and radionuclide migration. Past research has included the investigation of some radionuclides of environmental interests with different types of soils and rocks. Research interests included Low- and high-level radioactive waste disposal, conditioning of radioactive waste, radiation protection, and subsurface contaminant transport.
Other research program includes hazardous and mixed waste; performance assessment of the high-level radioactive waste repositories; colloidal transport of contaminants and; disposal of Greater-than-Class C radioactive waste.
His research area of Contaminant Transport encompassed the physics and chemistry of the fate and transport of contaminants in aquifers. He has accumulated laboratory experience in purchasing, installing, and operating analytical equipment including colloid characterization equipment.
Recent experience includes Integrated Management of Radioactive Sealed Sources (IMPRSS); a Cradle-to-Grave management of radioactive sources ensures the safety and security of sources during its life cycle. Experienced in many technical issues related to safety and security of radioactive sealed sources. Current experience also is related to developing an Integrated Model for Sustainable Development (IMSD), an innovative approach that addresses the energy-water-environment nexus.
He supervised more than 55 international fellows who received their training in many areas such as disposal of low- and high-level radioactive waste, decommissioning and decontamination, and water and wastewater treatment.

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Tariq Khraishi University of New Mexico

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Khraishi currently serves as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico. His general research interests are in theoretical, computational and experimental solid mechanics and materials science. He has taught classes in Dynamics, Materials Science, Advanced Mechanics of Materials, Elasticity and Numerical Methods. For many years now, he has engaged himself in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and published several papers in the engineering education field.

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The paper is centered around the creation and activities of a new introductory course to mechanical engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM). The course offers hands-on activities as well as exposure to modern mechanical engineering fields and applications. The math and science behind the activities and the modern concepts/fields are described. The paper describes the structure of the course and the motivation behind it. Also provided is data on student participation and engagement.

HASAN, A. A., & Khraishi, T. (2021, March), Intro to Mechanical Engineering: A New Course To Improve Major Trajectory Paper presented at ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference, Waco, Texas.

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