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Leveraging Summer Immersive Experiences into ABET Curricula

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Hands-on/Experiential Learning

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Mechanical Engineering

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23.867.1 - 23.867.15



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Michael J Benson P.E. United States Military Academy

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Michael Benson is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He has his Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy (1994), and his Master of Science (2003), Degree of Engineer (2003), and Ph.D. (2011) from Stanford University all in Mechanical Engineering. He has authored/co-authored papers in Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Heat Transfer, along with Engineering Education.

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Hans J Thomas United States Military Academy


Shad A Reed United States Air Force Academy

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Lt Col Shad Reed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics at the United States Air Force Academy. He is in the second year of this his second teaching assignment. Primary interests include engineering education research, aircraft design and aircraft structures.

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Bruce Floersheim U.S. Military Academy

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LTC Bruce Floersheim, Ph.D. P.E. was commissioned from the United States Military Academy as an officer in the Corps of Engineers in 1989. He has served in the United States, Turkey, Bosnia, Germany and Iraq during a career spanning over 23 years. His assignments include platoon leader, company commander, assistant product manager for infantry and tank munitions, project manager with the Coalition Provisional Authority during the reconstruction effort in Iraq, and Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University and a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His military awards include the Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals and six Army Achievement Medals. He recently founded and is serving as Director of the West Point Center for Innovation and Engineering.

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Steven J. Condly United States Military Academy

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Steven J. Condly, Ph.D. is a Research Psychologist at the United States Military Academy. Dr. Condly’s research interests include analyzing the cognitive psychology of human motivation, the interaction of intelligence
and motivation in human learning, and the application of advanced statistics for improving learning and performance. He has published on a variety of topics such as human motivaiton, computer science education, and epidemiology and consults with organizations such as Intel, the Building Owners and Managers Institute, and the International Association of Fire Fighters. Mailing address: Office of Institutional Research, Taylor Hall 5th Floor, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, 10996. E-mail:

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Leveraging Summer Immersive Experiences into ABET Curricula Summer immersive experiences for undergraduate students in Aeronautical andMechanical Engineering programs have several names and come in varied forms. In many cases,they represent a substantial effort on behalf of staff, faculty, and financial resources in order toeffectively coordinate. They include broad goals that span the individual, the supportingprogram, and the client. Typical experiences range from work in governmental laboratories andresearch centers, industry partners, and include graduate research experiences at distantlocations. In some cases, work done in a summer program extends either into a Capstone projector other research or design related experience thereby extending the effective project duration. This work provides a context for evaluating the utility of these work experiences,measuring their effectiveness across American Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET)program outcomes and assessing their contribution to student learning and motivation tocontinue to learn. A survey of 70 cadets who conducted immersive experiences related toAeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from two different institutions has been conducted,with both qualitative and quantitative results analyzed and presented. Student satisfaction ismeasured with each experience type, with linkage to overall program performance. Anassessment of the types and numbers of projects sustained beyond the summer project duration isprovided. Finally, the unique contributions available from the experience are balanced with theadministrative requirements to suggest a best practice in leveraging the most from theseexperiences and to assist programs who might consider initiating or refining their ownparticipation in similar programs.

Benson, M. J., & Thomas, H. J., & Reed, S. A., & Floersheim, B., & Condly, S. J. (2013, June), Leveraging Summer Immersive Experiences into ABET Curricula Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19881

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