Asee peer logo

Introduction To Mechanical Engineering A Hands On Approach

Download Paper |

Conference

2010 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Design Projects in Mechanical Engineering I

Tagged Division

Mechanical Engineering

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

15.807.1 - 15.807.12

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/16291

Download Count

25

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Garrett Clayton Villanova University

visit author page

Dr. Garrett M. Clayton recieved his BSME from Seattle University and his MSME and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington (Seattle). He is an Assitant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University. His research interests focus on mechatronics, specifically modeling and control of scanning probe microscopes and unmanned vehicles.

visit author page

biography

James O'Brien Villanova University

visit author page

Professor Jim O’Brien, a tenured Faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Villanova University, has graduate degrees from Villanova University and Temple University. At Villanova he has won numerous awards for teaching including the Lindback Award, the Farrell Award, and the Engineering Teacher of the Year Award. He has served as the Director of the Computer Aided Engineering Center, Director of Villanova PRIME Program (engineering community outreach), and Chairman of many department and college committees. His areas of specialization are in Hydraulics and Hydrology, Computer Aided Design, Engineering Education, and Service Learning.

visit author page

author page

Kenneth Kroos Villanova University

biography

Amy Fleischer Villanova University

visit author page

Professor Amy Fleischer received her PhD from the University of Minnesota at Berkeley in 2000. She is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University where she is also Director of the NovaTherm Research Laboratory and Chair of the Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering. Her research interests include energy storage in phase change materials, development of nano-enhanced materials, thermal interface materials, jet impingement and boiling heat transfer. She has co-authored numerous papers on these topics and currently is serving as chair of the ASME heat transfer division technical committee on electronics cooling.

visit author page

Download Paper |

Abstract
NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering - A Hands-On Approach

Abstract

In this paper, the development and evolution of a sophomore-level introduction to Mechanical Engineering (ME) class – ME2505 Mechanical Engineering Analysis and Design – is presented. The primary course objectives are to introduce students to the technical aspects of ME and to help students develop general skills needed to be successful ME students and engineer. These objectives are achieved through a hands-on, project-based laboratory coupled with complementary theory-based lectures. This class differs from typical introduction to engineering courses because it is offered to sophomores, which enables higher-level engineering content to be covered. The topics addressed in this paper are the initial development of the course, the evolution of the course over the past eight years, the current state of the course, student assessment of the course, and plans for future development.

1. Introduction

In this paper, the development and evolution of the sophomore-level introduction to Mechanical Engineering (ME) class at Villanova University (VU) – ME2505 Mechanical Engineering Analysis and Design (MEA&D) – is presented. This course focuses on introducing ME through a hands-on, project-based laboratory coupled with complementary theory-based lectures. First introduced eight years ago, this course has gradually evolved based on student, instructor, and faculty feedback. For example, the effectiveness of different laboratory activities has been evaluated using student surveys, the results of which have been used to direct modifications, and in some case replacement/redesign, of laboratory activities. Most recently, a greater focus has been placed on updating the lecture component of the course, with a specific emphasis on team- based active-learning. Future efforts in the course include the integration of content from state- of-the-art topics, such as mechatronics and nanotechnology, into both the laboratory and lecture. The topics addressed in this paper are the initial development of the course, the evolution of the course over the past eight years, the current state of the course, student assessment of the course, and plans for future development.

This MEA&D class differs from typical introduction to engineering classes1-14 in two main areas: 1) the class is offered to sophomore students and 2) the inclusion of higher-level engineering content. First, this class is offered to sophomore students, while typical introductory engineering courses are offered to freshmen1-12. The Villanova University College of Engineering features a common freshman year and thus, students do not join their major department until their sophomore year, when this course is offered. It should be noted that some other universities do offer Sophomore level introduction to engineering courses13,14, but they often tend to focus heavily on the design process, which is covered, but is not only focus area of the class. This enables the MEA&D instructors to offer the students more challenging hands-on projects, homework assignments, exams, and design projects, which leads to the second difference. Because this class is offered to sophomore students, the scope and difficulty of the engineering content included in the class is quite broad – covering all main aspects of mechanical engineering as well as general engineering content. Please note that there are introductory engineering classes that cover advanced content1,2, but their scopes are more focused.

Clayton, G., & O'Brien, J., & Kroos, K., & Fleischer, A. (2010, June), Introduction To Mechanical Engineering A Hands On Approach Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16291

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2010 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015