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Preparing A Virtual Engineering Environment Laboratory Instructional Package

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Instrumentation Poster Session

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7.934.1 - 7.934.9



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Robert Angus

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Session 2559

Preparing a Virtual Engineering Environment Laboratory Instructional Package

Thomas E. Hulbert, Robert B. Angus

Northeastern University; Boston, MA 02115


This paper will describe the development of a process and techniques for students and technical personnel to learn and apply test and measurement systems. The courses, outlines, lessons, projects, and instructional materials were developed by two faculty members. The two of us have a combined background of more than seventy-five years of teaching and industrial experience.

During the designing and running of real manufacturing processes, and the design and analysis of experiments, the appendices in the developed book become extremely valuable to the user. The casual practitioner can quickly locate the necessary design material without having to re-learn or re-do each of the laboratory experiments. After completing the lessons, the most powerful feature of this book is its use as a reference.

The idea was conceived when a local division of a multinational corporation contacted Northeastern University’s Corporate Education regarding the teaching of a data acquisition course to technicians, technologists, and design engineers. Simultaneously with this inquiry, the division was considering the adoption of the Hewlett Packard (HP) software package, HPVEE, referred to as VEE in this paper.

The entire group (division members and corporate-education personnel) met and decided to develop and offer an on-site course that included the fundamentals of data acquisition systems and the application of VEE to data acquisition and analysis. In order to gain a greater understanding, Robert Angus and a senior design engineer from the company attended a four-day seminar on VEE and its applications.

The VEE seminar, plus the ongoing discussions with the corporation’s division mentioned previously, led to interesting conclusions regarding course development. Both the data-acquisition theory and the VEE applications required course development to meet the company’s requirements and the students’ background. This paper compares more details of the project, compares two virtual software packages, and illustrates some applications of VEE. Finally, a description is presented regarding how to use the material for different groups of learners.

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Angus, R., & Hulbert, T. (2002, June), Preparing A Virtual Engineering Environment Laboratory Instructional Package Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11044

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