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Leveraging Simulation Tools to Deliver Ill-structured Problems in Statics and Mechanics of Materials

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012

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2153-5965

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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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16

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25.900.1 - 25.900.16

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https://peer.asee.org/21657

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Christopher Papadopoulos University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

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Christopher Papadopoulos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of General Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. He earned B.S. degrees in civil engineering and mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University (1993) and a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics at Cornell University (1999). Prior to coming to UPRM, Papadopoulos served on the faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Papadopoulos has primary research and teaching interests in mechanics, including nonlinear structural analysis, computational mechanics, and biomechanics. He is also active in engineering education and engineering ethics, particularly in the subjects of mechanics education and appropriate technology. At UPRM Papadopoulos serves as the coordinator of the Engineering Mechanics Committee in the Department of General Engineering. He also co-coordinates the Social, Ethical, and Global Issues (SEGI) in Engineering Program and Forums on Philosophy, Engineering, and Technology.

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Aidsa I. Santiago-Román University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

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Aidsa I. Santiago-Román is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Materials and the Director of the Strategic Engineering Education Development (SEED) Office at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (UPRM). Santiago earned a B.A. (1996) and M.S. (2000) in industrial engineering from UPRM, and a Ph.D. (2009) in engineering education from Purdue University. Her primary research interest is investigating students’ understanding of difficult concepts in engineering science with underrepresented populations. She also teaches introductory engineering courses such as problem solving and computer programming, statics, and mechanics.

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Genock Portela-Gauthier University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

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Genock Portela is an Assistant Professor in the Department of General Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. He earned a Ph.D. degree in structural engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (2004). Portela has primary research and teaching interests in structural mechanics, mostly oriented to bridge, earthquake, and wind engineering. In the General Engineering Department at UPRM, Portela serves as President of the Planning and Development Committee and Member of the Engineering Mechanics Committee

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Rosaurelis Marín Ramírez University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

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Rosaurelis Marín Ramírez is a sophomore in Industrial Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. Rosaurelis is currently employed as an undergraduate research assistant in Engineering Education, conducting investigation related to the Concept Assessment Tool for Statics and Schema Training. She will likely continue her graduate studies and work in the area of Statistics, Reliability and/or Optimization. Her ultimate goal is to make a difference in the world by contributing positively to society.

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Paola Pacheco Roldan University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

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Paola Pacheco Roldan is a sophomore in Industrial Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. Paola is currently employed as an undergraduate research assistant in Engineering Education, conducting investigation related to the Concept Assessment Tool for Statics and Schema Training. She is interested in Statistics and hopes to pursue graduate studies, ultimately seeking to positively impact society.

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NSF Poster: Leveraging Simulation Tools to Deliver Ill-Structured Problems in Statics and Mechanics of MaterialsThis poster will represent the philosophy, strategy, and goals of a recently funded NSF TUESproject Leveraging Simulation Tools to Deliver Ill-Structured Problems: Enhancing Student Problem-Solving Ability in Statics and Mechanics of Materials.This project will foster student problem-solving ability in Statics and Mechanics of Materials bycreating and delivering a new set of ill-structured problems – that is, problems that are open-ended, have multiple solutions, and require students to formulate assumptions. Such problemswill engage students in design or design-like activities and will accelerate the development oftheir engineering expertise. The problems will be delivered as modules in a two semestersequence of Statics and Introductory Mechanics of Materials. The modules will use modernsimulation tools to create a problem-solving environment that will engage students in matureinvestigation of problems and their underlying concepts and applications. However, thesimulation activities will be complemented by usual hand-calculation analysis problems. Thisinterplay between hand calculation and simulation will provide students with examples that insome cases will confirm the traditional mechanics formulae and in other cases will expose theirlimitations. Through this process, students will also learn the basics of validation andverification of simulation results.The modules will be developed in consultation with a panel of experts that will participate in aDelphi process. In the Delphi process, both the content/topics and the style of delivery of themodules will be determined through a structured sequence of brainstorming andranking/selection activities. For the purposes of this project, the topics will be selected in a waythat favors preparation for the subsequent Civil Engineering courses Advanced Mechanics ofMaterials and Structural Analysis.The pedagogical efficacy of the modules created in this project, including the development ofdeclarative, procedural, and conceptual knowledge, will be measured over the duration of a“curricular strand” consisting of the four course sequence Statics, Introductory Mechanics ofMaterials, Advanced Mechanics of Materials, and Structural Analysis. An experimental cohort ofstudents will be selected to complete these four courses sequentially; they will receive instructionwith the new modules in the first two courses, and receive regular instruction in the remainingtwo. The performance of these students on a variety of instruments – including standardizedconcept inventories, course exercises, and attitude surveys – will be measured. Results will becompared with a control group of students who take the same four courses, but who do notreceive direct instruction with the new modules.Results of this project will be disseminated through specialized workshops that will be developedto train other colleagues to use the modules. The workshops will begin locally at theinvestigators’ home institution and will be subsequently offered at national conferences such asASEE or FIE. The project will be undertaken at a Hispanic-serving institution that also has ahigh female enrollment. The methods and results of this project will therefore address a diverseaudience.

Papadopoulos, C., & Santiago-Román, A. I., & Portela-Gauthier, G., & Ramírez, R. M., & Roldan, P. P. (2012, June), Leveraging Simulation Tools to Deliver Ill-structured Problems in Statics and Mechanics of Materials Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21657

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