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Introducing Thermal And Fluid Systems To Industrial Engineering Technology Students With Hands On Laboratory Experience

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Emerging Trends in Industrial Technology

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Engineering Technology

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12.981.1 - 12.981.14



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Ranjeet Agarwala East Carolina University

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TAREK ABDEL-SALAM received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion
University. He is currently an assistant professor of engineering in the Department of Technology Systems at East Carolina University. His research interests include educational effectiveness in engineering education, energy management and thermal / fluid systems.

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Tarek Abdel-Salam

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Mr. Agarwala serves as a lecturer in the department of Technology Systems at East Carolina
University. His research interests are in the area of Adaptive Control, Neuro –fuzzy systems,
Internet based Teleoperational systems and Robotics &Automation.

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Mohammed Faruqi Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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Dr. Faruqi is an associate professor of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Texas A & M University-Kingsville. His interests are:
engineering education, and applications of composites to concrete structures.

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This paper describes a thermal-fluid systems course integrated with hands-on laboratory components to improve students learning. The course is assessed using student surveys, portfolio reviews and Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) outcomes. Overall, this course advances active learning through integrated thermal and fluid system educational components that comply with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) learning outcomes specified for Industrial Engineering Technology Programs.


The industry needs technology graduates who can use combination of thermal and fluid science concepts in the design, installation, and service of products and production systems1. During the past few years, many universities have developed new thermal- fluids courses and others have modified their existing courses2-5.

The Department of Technology Systems at East Carolina University supports the development of the trade and Industry in eastern North Carolina by providing professionals that cater to the needs of the region. The department has five undergraduate degree programs that include Mechanical Technology and Industrial Engineering Technology. Students in the department are engaged in hands on activities beginning the first semester as compared to long-established programs that wait for several semesters or years to expose students to technology courses. During the preceding years, notable efforts have been made by the department to alter and modernize instruction by incorporating hands-on lab experience.

The Thermal and fluid systems course is a 3 credit hours course , 2 hours lecture and 2 hour lab per week. This is a sophomore level course intended for students with a background in Physics and Material Science fundamentals. These include the basic elements of the design and analysis of thermal and power systems including boilers, air conditioning, refrigeration, pumps, compressors, heat exchangers and piping systems. The course is supported by a team-oriented, active-learning based laboratory component. The students are given wide-ranging instructions and procedures to carry out the experiments using effective learning strategies 6.

Agarwala, R., & Abdel-Salam, T., & Faruqi, M. (2007, June), Introducing Thermal And Fluid Systems To Industrial Engineering Technology Students With Hands On Laboratory Experience Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1864

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