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Student Industry Cooperation for the Development of Thermal System Design Teaching Laboratory EquipmentIn higher education, hands-on undergraduate education on state-of-the-art laboratory equipmentis important to meet the quality standards expected in the engineering profession. However, thedevelopment of modern engineering laboratories is not only time consuming, but also budgetsconstraints can hamper the development of needed laboratories for instructional purposes.This paper presents an innovative approach of cooperation between industry and students tobuild equipment for a thermal system design teaching laboratory at a four year institution.Instead of buying higher educational laboratory test stands from commercial sources, test standswere built by undergraduate students under the guidance of a faculty member and incollaboration with local industry representatives. The complete process from initial outreach tothe industry to achieve successful buy-in, to the cooperative projects management and successfulcompletion of the projects are described in detail.The cooperative approach resulted in the successful completion of three major simulators: arefrigeration simulator, an air duct simulator and a heating, ventilation and air conditioning(HVAC) simulator. All simulators were built in one year and without any financial support fromthe institution. Comparing the cash and material donations from several companies involved inthe projects to buying comparable equipment from commercial sources showed a 10:1 ratioreturn of the investment. . Furthermore, as a result of the involvement of the industry, thesimulators include state-of-the-art equipment and meet the quality standards expected by theengineering profession, in this case the HVAC industry.The paper also includes an analyses how the students perceived working on the projectsimpacted their educational experience. The students agreed unanimously that the involvement ofthe industry benefited their projects. Students commented that the projects provided a real worldexperience, helped them understand the engineering design process better, improved their criticalthinking skills and they had fun working on the projects.
Peuker, S. (2013, June), Student industry cooperation for the development of thermal system design teaching laboratory equipment Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22484
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