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Recent Developments in Engineering Measurements Lab

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Engineering Laboratory Experiences

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Mechanical Engineering

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26.1310.1 - 26.1310.17



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Michael J. Schertzer Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Dr. Schertzer has held the position of Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at RIT since the fall of 2013. His research interests involve droplet based microfluidic applications in point of care medical diagnostics, heat transfer, and energy generation. In addition to academic research, he has had the opportunity to consult and collaborate with industrial partners and government organizations in the areas of point of care medical diagnostics, public health, power generation, and heat management. He is the founding director of the Discrete Microfluidics Laboratory, co-director of the Knorr-Bremse Mechatronics Laboratory and co-director of RIT’s Beyond 9.8 program. Dr. Schertzer is also serving as the vice-chair for the Micro and Nano Fluidics topic at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition 2015.
Dr. Schertzer received a double major in Engineering and Management from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. He also received his M.A.Sc. from McMaster for examining the heat transfer performance of capillary pumped loops in terrestrial and extra-terrestrial applications. He earned his Doctorate in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto for his work characterizing the motion and mixing of droplets in Digital Microfluidic Devices. He continued as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto where he focused on the design and commercialization of a point of care Digital Microfluidic device. During this time, Dr. Schertzer was also a sessional lecturer at Ryerson University (Toronto, ON) where he taught (1) Integrated Manufacturing and (2) Design of BioMEMS.
Since joining RIT, Dr. Schertzer has had the opportunity to teach (1) Thermodynamics I, (2) Engineering Measurements Laboratory, and (3) Laboratory Applications in Mechatronics.

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Patricia Iglesias Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Dr. Patricia Iglesias Victoria is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Previously she served as assistant professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and as associate professor at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Spain. Her research focuses on wear and friction of materials, ionic liquids as lubricants, nanostructured materials and magnetic materials. She maintains an active collaboration with the research groups of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena and Materials Processing and Tribology at Purdue University, Indiana. As a result of these collaborations, some of her articles have been published in important journals of her field of expertise and her article entitled “1-N-alkyl-3 methykimidazolium ionic liquids as neat lubricant additives in steel-aluminum contacts” has been named one of the TOP TEN CITED articles published in the area in the last five years (2010). Dr. Iglesias has extensive experience working on tribology and has published 14 peer-reviewed articles and more than 20 conference proceedings in the area.

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Kate N. Leipold Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Ms. Kate Leipold has a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is currently lecturer of Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She teaches graphics and design classes in Mechanical Engineering, as well as consulting with students and faculty on 3D solid modeling questions. Ms. Leipold’s area of expertise is the new product development process. Ms. Leipold’s professional experience includes three years spent as a New Product Development engineer at Pactiv Corporation in Canandaigua, NY. She holds 5 patents for products developed while working at Pactiv. Ms. Leipold’s focus at RIT is on CAD and design process instruction. She is a Certified ASME Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Professional.

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John D. Wellin Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Recent Developments in Engineering Measurements LabAbstractOver the past two years, Engineering Measurements Lab has attempted to increase the breadthand depth of course material introduced to students to allow them to design and performsuccessful experimental tests. To reflect these changes, the course has grown from 1 unit to 2units. The following structural changes have been made to reflect the increased academic creditgiven in this course: (i) a single lecture contact hour per week was added, (ii) lab contact hoursfocus more on practical aspects of each lab, and (iii) the number of experiments run in the coursehas increased from four to seven. Material for each lab was delivered in a two week cycle with aone hour lecture and two hour lab period every week. Lectures in week “A” generally provide atheoretical description of the laboratory, while week “B” lectures stress a practical aspect of thelab. New lecture topics have been added to the course to introduce students to data acquisitionsystems and further emphasize measurement uncertainty and statistical analysis.In addition to the change in the content of the course, the Toyota A3 report format has beenadopted for all labs to expose students to a wider variety of tools for technical communicationand to foster a spirit of creative and innovative problem solving. In keeping with the iterativenature of these reports, the general process for each lab involves multiple events with feedbackcoming from peers and instructors. During the week “A” lab period, students are introduced tothe lab facility and perform an ungraded activity where they manually perform relevantcalculations using a small subset of data taken in previous offerings. They are then presentedwith a full set of previous data so they can create a spreadsheet to calculate and plot pertinentinformation. This prelab data exercise is submitted before the week “B” lab period. During theweek “B” lab period, students run the laboratory to generate their own data set. A draft A3 reportis then submitted prior to the following week “A” lab period. Students are given time to peerreview draft A3 reports before they perform the manual activity for the next laboratory. Labtopics for this course include, characterization of (i) vortex tubes, (ii) vapor compressionrefrigeration, (iii) centrifugal pumps, and (iv) frictional pipe losses. New labs have beendeveloped for this course examining (v) error propagation in measurement of complexgeometries, (vi) measuring Poiseuille flow velocity profiles, and (vii) thermocouple calibration.This work will describe the changes made to this course over the past two years and discuss thesuitability of these changes by examining their sustainability and how they impact ABET courselearning objectives, student performance, and student satisfaction. Plans for future developmentof the course will also be discussed.

Schertzer, M. J., & Iglesias, P., & Leipold, K. N., & Wellin, J. D. (2015, June), Recent Developments in Engineering Measurements Lab Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24647

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