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New Approach to Teach Product Design that Breaks the Disciplinary Boundaries

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Conference

2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Interdisciplinary Education in Engineering Technology

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

22.1098.1 - 22.1098.8

DOI

10.18260/1-2--18637

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https://strategy.asee.org/18637

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Iem Heng New York City College of Technology

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Professor Iem Heng earned his bachelor’s degree from Providence College (Providence, RI) with double majors in Pre-Engineering Program and mathematics. In addition, he earned another bachelor’s degree from Columbia University (New York, NY) in mechanical engineering and master’s in applied mathematics from Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI); his Ph.D. in computational and applied mathematics from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA). Before joining the EMT/CET department at City Tech in fall of 2007, he was a faculty member and chair of the CET department at DeVry Institute of Technology (Long Island City, NY). He worked as a researcher for NASA – Langley Base in Hampton, VA, for two years. His research activities include embedded systems, software development for embedded systems with real time simulation, real time gamming simulation programming, and web application programming.

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Andy S. Zhang New York City College of Technology

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Professor Andy S. Zhang earned his master's in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York in 1987 and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1995. Prior joining the Mechanical Engineering Technology department at City Tech in 2000, he served as an engineering instructor for the JUMP, an engineering training program sponsored by the New York State Department of Transportation. Professor Zhang’s research area includes materials testing, composite materials, CAD/CAE, robotics and mechatronics, and engineering technology education.

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Farrukh Zia New York City College Of Technology

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Abstract

New Approach to Teach Product Design that Breaks the Disciplinary BoundariesAbstractThis paper presents the work that is currently engaged by faculty in the departments ofmechanical engineering technology and computer engineering technology to introducemechatronic technology into product design curricula of both departments. This work is fundedby the National Science Foundation (Award No. DUE-1003721) recently awarded to New YorkCity College of Technology.Advances in computer technology and semiconductor electronics have created a new productdesign field called mechatronics. Mechatronics treats product design as system design thatrequires the tight integration of mechanical components, electrical/electronic systems, industrialdesign ideas, computer-control systems, embedded systems, and intelligent software into theproduct design and development processes. It requires engineers, technicians, and designersfrom various disciplines to possess broader knowledge beyond their specialized fields and towork together concurrently. This concurrent engineering and mechatronic design approach,which emphasizes team collaboration, has become the new industry standard in product designand development. Mechatronic technology has been identified as one of the top10 highlyinfluential emerging technologies of the 21st century by MIT’s Technology Review and by theInternational Center for Leadership in Education.Students were given mechatronic/robotic design projects that required them to use actualmechanical, electrical/electronic hardware and software that are currently been used by theindustry. This enabled the instructor to simulate actual product design activities occurred in theindustry. Not only students were exposed to the latest mechatronic technology, they also learnedthe concurrent engineering design approach. Students were given a framework of fundamentaldesign knowledge with hands-on cross-disciplinary activities that allows them to develop aninterdisciplinary understanding and integrated approach to product design. Through these hands-on activities, students will also learn the concept of product lifecycle management and sharpenedtheir teamwork skills.The curricula of the three programs will be modified to create cross-departmental designprojects. Students will learn how to design, construct, evaluate, operate, and test mechatronicproducts. Activities include: 3D design and modeling, materials and manufacturing processselection, mechanical and structural design, electrical/electronic design, computer control withembedded systems, interfacing, programming, and project management. These simulatedproduct design activities will give our students a better understanding of product designprocesses and provide them with much needed hands-on experience.

Heng, I., & Zhang, A. S., & Zia, F. (2011, June), New Approach to Teach Product Design that Breaks the Disciplinary Boundaries Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18637

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