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Project-Based Introductory to Materials Engineering Modules on Biomaterials, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Non-Volatile Memory, and Fiber Reinforced Plastics
PRIME Modules, Project Based Resources for Introduction to Materials Engineering, are being developed that utilize modern materials science and engineering technologies and proven education methodologies of active learning and open ended projects. The modules are designed for use in a freshmen/ sophomore level Introduction to Materials Engineering course. This course is required by most engineering programs and is an ideal place to excite students about their engineering majors and expose them to real world engineering experiences.
Currently four of the classroom modules have been developed and utilized in Introduction to Materials classes. There is a non-volatile memory module where students are taught the fundamentals of electronic and magnetic properties in the context of learning about options for non-volatile memory in portable electronics. In another module, students learn about solid oxide fuel cells and the ceramic nanomaterials used to fabricate them. While being exposed to this emerging application, students learn the basics about ceramics, defects, and phase diagrams. A third module exposes students to fiber reinforced plastics used for civil infrastructure. This module covers mechanical properties, diffusion, polymers, and composites. The fourth module developed teaches students about crystal structure, mechanical properties of metals, and phase diagrams in the context of biomaterials (self-expanding stents made from shape memory alloys). Each classroom module contains background resources for faculty, lecture notes, active in class exercises, homework problems, and an open ended, team project.
Most engineering programs require their students to take an introductory materials class. This includes community colleges with engineering transfer programs. In the U.S. alone, the “Introduction to Materials” course enrolls over 50,000 students a year.1 The primary goal of the class is to provide a foundation in materials science and engineering that the students can build upon in their major classes and future careers. This freshman/ sophomore class is an ideal place to excite students about their engineering majors and expose them to real world engineering situations.
Project Based Resources for Introduction to Materials Engineering (PRIME) modules have been developed to teach the fundamental principles covered in a typical introductory materials course within the context of modern engineering technologies. The same fundamental principles of materials science and engineering that are typically delivered in a traditional lecture model of an Introduction to Materials course are taught. However, the fundamental topics are arranged in project based modules that center around a modern technology.
The use of relevant, industry examples expose freshman and sophomores to realistic engineering situations. The modules accurately inform and excite students about recent technological
Gleixner, S., & Douglas, E., & Graeve, O. (2006, June), Project Based Introductory To Materials Engineering Modules On Biomaterials, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Non Volatile Memory, And Fiber Reinforced Plastics Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/1258
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