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Similar Consecutive Bridge Design Projects for Freshmen and Sophomore Level Engineering Courses

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Design in Freshman and Sophomore Courses

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Design in Engineering Education

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Page Numbers

22.1292.1 - 22.1292.7



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Emre Selvi Muskingum University

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Emre Selvi is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Muskingum University, New Concord. He received his academic degrees in Mechanical Engineering; B.S. and M.S. from Middle East Technical University and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. Prior to starting his Ph.D. in 2004, he worked as a Design and Production Engineer for Aselsan Inc. over four years. His research interests are high pressure material science and engineering design, especially as it relate to educational environments.

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Sandra Soto-Caban Muskingum University

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Sandra Soto-Caban received her B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. from University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. She is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Muskingum University in New Concord, OH. Her interests focus on engineering education and electromagnetics, especially electromagnetic characterization of materials.

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Richard S. Taylor Muskingum University

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William R Wilson Muskingum University

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Bridge Design: A Common Design Project for Two Different Engineering Courses This study takes place within a newly established engineering science major program at aliberal arts university. The department has a goal of embedding elements of engineering designthroughout the entire curriculum. Because each course includes different subjects, designprojects are customized depending on the content of the course. This paper is going to presentcommon design projects assigned in two separate courses where the same students worked onthem by using different means. In the Introduction to Physics and Engineering course, freshmenstudents built a bridge made from spaghetti and glue. They tried to design one that would carrythe maximum load without making any computational analysis. The subsequent year, in theStatics and Dynamics course, they constructed another bridge with similar size but this timeusing a bridge set with load cells. They performed calculations and measured the load cells intheir system to have a design with smallest forces on the members. These projects enabled thestudents to see the improvements on a design when an engineering approach was used and torealize their own progress after one year. Details of the projects and samples of student work willbe provided and discussed in detail.

Selvi, E., & Soto-Caban, S., & Taylor, R. S., & Wilson, W. R. (2011, June), Similar Consecutive Bridge Design Projects for Freshmen and Sophomore Level Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18467

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