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Reverse Engineering Of Water Filters

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.449.1 - 4.449.7

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Ralph A. Dusseau

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Kauser Jahan

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Session 3551

Reverse Engineering of Water Filters Kauser Jahan, P.E. and Ralph A. Dusseau, P.E. Civil Engineering Department Rowan University 201 Mullica Hill Road Glassboro, New Jersey 08028-1701

Abstract This paper focuses on the innovative use of portable water purification units to introduce concepts of reverse engineering to a freshman class. All engineering students from the four engineering disciplines namely Civil, Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical share a common engineering clinic class. This class is a major hallmark of the Rowan engineering program. The theme of the Freshman Clinic class in the spring semester is reverse engineering of commercial products. Students in teams of four or five spend an entire semester learning about engineering fundamentals such as fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics and engineering materials. They are also exposed to intellectual property rights, safety and ethics, ergonomics and environmental considerations in engineering design. Introduction The college of engineering at the Rowan University was created through a $100 million gift from Henry and Betty Rowan in 1992 to the then former Glassboro State College (1). This newly constructed state-of-the-art $28M Henry M. Rowan Hall has 92,000 sq.ft. space with multifunctional laboratories and classrooms suitable for interactive learning. Mr. Rowan is the founder and the CEO of Inductotherm, Inc. which is the world’s leading induction melting equipment manufacturer. The Rowan engineering program addresses use of new innovative methods of teaching and learning to prepare students for entry into a rapidly changing and highly competitive marketplace (2,3,4). The major hallmark of our Rowan engineering program is a unique common class known as the engineering clinic. The engineering clinic class is integrated throughout the entire curriculum for eight semesters. All four engineering departments of Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering have this common clinic class throughout their program of study. This class is designed to meet the challenges of the changing job market which demands our future engineers to develop • a thorough understanding of engineering design • a basic understanding of manufacturing and fabrication procedures • problem solving expertise • collaborative learning and leadership skills • technical communication skills • advanced computer skills • professionalism and ethical judgment, and • environmental awareness.

Freshman Clinic Freshman engineering students at the Rowan University are introduced to the concepts of engineering design through a series of hands-on engineering experiments focussing on the principles of engineering measurements and reverse engineering. During the fall semester each engineering discipline introduces students to basic concepts of measurements through three-week modules (5,6). These modules are focussed on the following topics: •Manufacturing and Fabrication •Structural Measurements

Dusseau, R. A., & Jahan, K. (1999, June), Reverse Engineering Of Water Filters Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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