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MET Senior Projects as a Means of Developing Laboratory Experiments and Equipment for Course Labs

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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

Implementing Active Learning in Mechanical Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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23.900.1 - 23.900.8



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Craig Durwin Engle Purdue University Calumet

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Craig D. Engle is clinical assistant professor of Mechatronics Engineering Technolgy at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond Indiana. Craig's industrial experience includes 23 years in the aerospace industry focusing on flight and missile simulations and electro optics system analysis. Craig has submitted apporoximately 31 patent applications, received notice of allowance on 24 applications and paid issue fees on seventeen applications resulting in seventeen U. S. Patent Awards so far. He received a masters degree in interdisciplinary engineering from Purdue University Calumet and graduated from Purdue University with a B.S.M.E.

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Gregory P. Neff Purdue University, Calumet (Tech)

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Gregory Neff is professor of mechanical engineering technology at Purdue University Calumet. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, and a Certified Manufacturing Technologist. Greg is active in ASEE where he won the Meryl K. Miller award in 1994 and in SME where he is education & certification chair and webmaster for chapter 112. He is faculty advisor and webmaster for SME student chapter 161 and advisor for Tau Alpha Pi. He is active in ASME, where he has served as national past chair, webmaster, nominations chair, and honors & Awards chair for the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Head Committee (METDHC) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He also served the METDHC as national chairman in 2001-2002 and national vice-chair responsible for METDHC technical sessions at the 2001 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in New York and national secretary in 1999-2000. Greg has represented ASME as an MET accreditation program evaluator or team chair visiting twelve schools between 1996 and 2006 and served as a member of the ASME Committee on Technology Accreditation from 2002 to 2006. He served on the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET) as an ASME Commissioner with a term that started in summer 2003 and continued as an alternate member through 2006.

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MET Senior Projects as a Means of Developing Laboratory Experiments and Equipment for Course LabsAbstractDue to budgetary constraints at many universities, purchasing commercial trainers andequipment is often a difficult proposition. Since ABET requires some sort of a capstone orintegrating experience and it is difficult for many programs to find industry projects at a suitablelevel, senior projects provide a means by which lab equipment can be realized in a cost effectivemanner. At Purdue University Calumet senior design projects are currently developing trainersand experimental equipment for several courses:Fluid Power -- Pneumatic components, PLCs, and solenoid valves are being integrated intotrainers highly recommended by industrial advisory committee members and corporate membersof the Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute who also provided equipment donations.Heat Transfer/ Energy Efficiency – Developing optical radiative heat transfer components foruse in heating applications including desalination. The components enable a low cost method forproducing a constant flux heating condition. One approach involves using transparent tubing toform cylindrical lenses with a liquid core. A second approach involves fabricating an ellipticalpump cavity from thin sheets laser cut and aligned to produce an elliptical contour for use informing a reflective surface.HVAC / Refrigeration -- Increase the efficiency of an air conditioning system operating in aridhot environments such as Saudi Arabia by increasing the efficiency of the air condenser coilusing evaporative cooling.The projects provide relevant experiential learning experiences for the students involved inaddition to facilitating industry support via donations and university grants while avoidingcomplications stemming from intellectual property rights.

Engle, C. D., & Neff, G. P. (2013, June), MET Senior Projects as a Means of Developing Laboratory Experiments and Equipment for Course Labs Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22285

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