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Multi-disciplinary Hands-on Desktop Learning Modules and Modern Pedagogies

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

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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Best. Class. Ever.

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Chemical Engineering

Page Count

18

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25.953.1 - 25.953.18

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https://peer.asee.org/21710

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Bernard J. Van Wie Washington State University

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Bernard Van Wie has been teaching for 29 years, first as a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma and then as a professor at Washington State University. Over the past 14 years, he has devoted himself to developing novel teaching approaches that include components of cooperative/collaborative, hands-on, active, and problem/project-based learning (CHAPL) environments.

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David B. Thiessen Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4283-5914

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Marc Compere Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ., Daytona Beach FL

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Dr. Compere’s research in renewable and sustainable technology includes water purification for disaster relief and concentrated solar power for electricity generation, water desalination, and engineering education. He leads a yearly effort named Project Haiti to design, build, and install a solar powered water purifier in Haiti with students on an annual basis. He teaches senior design, vehicle dynamics, and instrumentation courses. In addition to Clean Energy his research pursuits include hybrid electric vehicles, hardware-in-the-loop modeling, simulation and control, and swarm robotics with multiple heterogenous unmanned air and ground vehicles.

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Ximena Toro

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Ms. Ximena Toro graduated with a Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering in the Fall of 2011 and graduated with Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2010. She is interested in Clean Energy Systems and has native fluency in English and Spanish. She is currently working at General Motors as a Development Engineer for the Chevrolet Volt and has worked for Mitsubishi Power Systems as a Mechanical Engineer.

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Jennifer C Adam Washington State University

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Dr. Jennifer Adam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Washington State University (WSU). She applies numerical hydrologic models to investigate the impacts of climate change on regional to continental scale hydrology. For example, she and collaborators are currently integrating a regional-scale hydrologic model with a crop growth model to explore how projected climate change will impact water resources availability for irrigation and crop yield under various socio-economic scenarios. She teaches 3 courses: (1) a required undergraduate-level course in Water Resources Engineering in which she is researching the use of hands-on inquiry-based learning in the classroom; (2) a senior elective course in Sustainable Development in Water Resources, which explores the concepts needed to understand how to more sustainability manage our limited water resources in the western US under increasing pressures, particularly climate change; (3) and a graduate-level course in Hydroclimatology, which is a primarily student-led course that immerses the student in the academic literature surrounding the relationships between climate and hydrologic processes, and how these relationships impact the various sectors of society, including agricultural production. Dr. Adam is a recent recipient of outstanding teaching awards at both the WSU departmental and collegiate levels.

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Shane A. Brown P.E. Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-3669-8407

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Dr. Brown conducts research in conceptual and epistemological change, social capital, and diffusion of innovations. In 2011 he received the NSF CAREER Award to investigate how engineers think about and use concepts that academics consider to be important.

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Andrew P Easley Washington State University

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Andrew Easley is a graduate student at Washington State University in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the Washington State University. His current research topic is to investigate the effectiveness of Desktop Learning Modules that model fundamental open channel flow concepts.

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Xuesong Li P.E. Washington State University

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Xuesong Li is a graduate student at Washington State University in the Chemical Engineering Department. She got her Bachelor's Degree from Shenyang University of Chemical Technology in China. Her current research focuses on biomedical engineering applications in biosensors which is called Dual Ionophore Ion-Selective Electrode (di-ISE) biosensor.

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Kevin Lee University of Idaho

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In cooperation with Bernie Van Wie at Washington State University, my project research focuses on cell sensor and biological sample reading principles. This biomedical engineering cartridge is designed for detecting and determining concentration of biological cells in suspension at a specific wavelength.

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Mert Colpan Washington State University

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Mert Colpan is a graduate student at Washington State University and he is seeking a PhD Degree in Bioengineering. He got a dual Bachelor's Degree in Bioengineeering from Istanbul Technical University and Montana State University. His research subject is to investigate the factors regulating function of tropomodulin, an actin-capping protein.

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Kevin Tyler Gray Washington State University

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Kevin Gray is a graduate student at Washington State University in the Chemical Engineering Department. He got his bachelor's degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His current research topic is to investigate the role of Tropomodulin 2 in actin filament dynamics and its implications for neurite out growth.

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Benjamin Garrett Washington State University

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Benjamin Garrett is a senior chemical engineering student at Washington State University who worked with a group of students to gather heat transfer coefficient data for the extended area heat exchanger DLM cartridge.

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Shane Riley Reynolds Washington State University

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Shane Reynolds is currently an undergraduate and will be graduating with a bachelor's of science in chemical engineering in 2012. He helped develop the latest models of the Desktop Learning Modules and he will be working for E & J Gallo Winery as a process engineer after graduation.

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Paul B. Golter Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-8959-6899

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Paul Golter has been the Instructional Laboratory Supervisor for Washington State University’s Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Department for the last 10 years. He has also been a part-time graduate student at this time and recently completed his Ph.D. in engineering science working on the development and assessment of a novel pedagogy and a set of equipment that allows simple fluid mechanics and heat transfer experiments to be performed in standard college classrooms.

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Olusola Adesope Washington State University, Pullman

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Olusola O. Adesope is an Assistant Professor of educational psychology at Washington State University, Pullman. His research is at the intersection of educational psychology, learning sciences, and instructional design and technology. His recent research focuses on the cognitive and pedagogical underpinnings of learning with computer-based multimedia resources; knowledge representation through interactive concept maps; meta-analysis of empirical research, and investigation of instructional principles; and assessments for engineering designs.

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Multi-Disciplinary Hands-on Desktop Learning Modules and Modern PedagogiesThis research focuses on fundamental problems in undergraduate education in terms of how toexpand use of well researched, yet still “new”, teaching pedagogies of ‘sensing’ or ‘hands-on’,‘active’ and ‘problem-based learning’ within engineering courses. It is now widely accepted thattraditional lectures ARE NOT best for students – yet that is what the community almostuniversally does.To address this issue we are developing new Desktop Learning Modules (DLMs) that containminiaturized processes with a uniquely expandable high powered components electronicsystem to contend with known sensor systems/removable cartridges, as well as, unknownexpansions to the project. We have shown that miniaturized mimics of industrial-scaleequipment produce process data that agree with correlations developed for large scaleequipment. We are now adapting concepts shown efficacious in a single chemical engineeringcourse to a variety of engineering classes within civil, mechanical, bio- and electricalengineering. Some examples of new hands-on learning applications in chemical engineeringinclude a boiler / condenser and evaporative and shell & tube heat exchangers. Inbioengineering, we are developing prognostic devices for separating Prostate Cancer TumorCells (PCTCs) from blood, sensing for the presence of PCTCs, a thermoregulation simulatedlimb cartridge for studying kinematics of heat flow and heat distribution in human extremities,and immunoaffinity neuron-like ion selective electrodes. In civil engineering the DLMs illustrateopen channel flow units and a solar powered Rankine cycle is underway in mechanicalengineering.We are implementing DLMs along with team learning pedagogy and will present theexperimental design for a chemical engineering course in fluid mechanics and heat transfer,which includes a pre- and post-test assessment to determine improvement in understandingbasic concepts, and use of taxonometric analysis and surveys.

Van Wie, B. J., & Thiessen, D. B., & Compere, M., & Toro, X., & Adam, J. C., & Brown, S. A., & Easley, A. P., & Li, X., & Lee, K., & Colpan, M., & Gray, K. T., & Garrett, B., & Reynolds, S. R., & Golter, P. B., & Adesope, O. (2012, June), Multi-disciplinary Hands-on Desktop Learning Modules and Modern Pedagogies Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21710

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