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Modernizing A Physical Measurements Laboratory In Engineering Technology

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.727.1 - 6.727.10

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Frank Krygowski

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Session 2649

Modernizing a Physical Measurements Laboratory in Engineering Technology

Francis R. Krygowski Youngstown State University


In 1997, the Mechanical Engineering Technology faculty at Youngstown State University were awarded a National Science Foundation Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Grant to modernize a Physical Measurements laboratory, NSF-ILI Grant # DUE-9750992. This paper details the experience of that project.

The objectives of the project were: to greatly increase the number of sensors available for student use in the laboratory; to introduce modern Computer Data Acquisition equipment and techniques; and to shift the course emphasis as much as possible from lecture to laboratory, using the strengths of interdisciplinary teams of students (MET and EET) to aid in learning.

Equipment was purchased, and nine experiments were designed or revised to investigate the behavior of over thirty sensors and sensing systems, as detailed below.

Several experiments use National Instruments data acquisition hardware and its LabVIEW software, including custom Virtual Instruments. However, the course is not intended to teach LabVIEW programming. Instead, these tools are used to aid efficient progress through experiments, and to provide real-time graphic displays of sensor and circuit performance.

This paper details the lab development, describes the equipment used, describes the use of LabVIEW in this course, and gives feedback on the project and the experience of modernizing the laboratory.


The Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Youngstown State University is a TAC/ABET accredited program with an enrollment of approximately 100 to 120 majors. There are two full service faculty, and a pool of approximately seven part-time faculty who teach approximately half the courses offered. Despite the demise of Youngstown’s steel industry, the Youngstown area is home to many manufacturing enterprises. These companies provide employment for the great majority of YSU’s MET graduates.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Krygowski, F. (2001, June), Modernizing A Physical Measurements Laboratory In Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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