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Reverse Engineering as a Learning Tool in Design Process

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Conference

2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Design Cognition I

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

Page Count

13

Page Numbers

25.1130.1 - 25.1130.13

DOI

10.18260/1-2--21887

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https://peer.asee.org/21887

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Hamid Rad Washington State University, Vancouver

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Hamid Rad, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
at Washington State University, Vancouver. His areas of teaching and research interest include mechanical engineering design, design methodologies, and dynamic systems. His primary interest is teaching at undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the area of solid mechanics and design.

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Abstract

Reverse Engineering as a Learning Tool in Design ProcessAbstractTo include an element of practice in engineering design course, reverse engineeringactivity in form of a project could enhance engineering students learning experiencethrough tear down of an existing product or device. This activity helps the student learnthe principles behind the design of the product under study, uncover inner workings ofthe device, as well as ways to redesign and improve the performance of the system.As part of the curriculum in mechanical engineering, teaching engineering designprocess at junior level is vital in preparing students for their senior capstone designprojects, as well as, working for workforce later in their engineering career. Reverseengineering can well be integrated into the design process course in form of groupproject activities.In the body of this paper, a preliminary reverse-engineering design methodology ispresented followed by case studies in which students take an exciting product to applyreverse engineering technique to learn the design process behind the product. Thecase studies are presented on reverse engineering projects performed by mechanicalengineering students. Their learning experiences, as well as, the challenges on tryingto come up with conceptual ideas to improve the existing product based on their studiesare presented.

Rad, H. (2012, June), Reverse Engineering as a Learning Tool in Design Process Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21887

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