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Student/Teacher Role Swap In Heat Transfer

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Innovations in Mechanical Engineering Education Poster Session

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Mechanical Engineering

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12.1321.1 - 12.1321.19



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Nihad Dukhan University of Detroit Mercy

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Nihad Dukhan is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he teaches courses in heat transfer, thermodynamics and energy systems. His ongoing pedagogical interests include developing undergraduate research programs, service-learning programs, and assessing their impact on students’ soft skills. His technical research areas are advanced cooling technologies for high-power devices. Dr. Dukhan earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo.

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Michael Jenkins University of Detroit Mercy

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Michael G. Jenkins is chair and professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Detroit Mercy where is specializes in materials, mechanics of materials, machine design and reliability/probability. He has been involved in pedagogy in higher education for the past 15 years and test engineering and R&D activities for the past 25 years. His post PhD positions include 12 years at University of Washington in Seattle, 5 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and 1 year as a postdoctoral invited researcher at the University of Tokyo. Prior to his PhD he worked at PACCAR Technical Center for 2.5 years. He has authored or co-authored over 75 archival publications, over 100 proceedings publications, and over 250 presentations. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Washington-Seattle; a MSME from Purdue University and a BSME from Marquette University.

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Student/Teacher Role Swap in Heat Transfer


Groups of mechanical engineering students taking the undergraduate heat transfer course were asked to play the role of a professor and design an experiment to teach future students the concept of thermal resistance and thermal resistance networks. The students had to construct and run the experiment to demonstrate its functionality. They also had to provide a technical report of the design and construction of it. In addition, they were required to create complete experimental procedure, data sheets, and analysis and to describe the requirements for a lab report based on the experiment that future students can complete and turn in for a grade in the heat transfer lab. The last part of the project that challenged the students to reflect on their own learning and the way future students may learn the concepts. The reflection component may not be present in typical projects, and/or may not be probed. The learning of the students was probed via a survey of a few questions. The questions asked the students if the project increased their understanding of the technical concept they had to design the experiment for, amount of work involved, ease of playing the role of a teacher, whether they became aware of the their own learning process, whether the new awareness would help in learning other materials, advantages/disadvantages and level of enjoyment and time spent on the project. The survey results were analyzed and have showed positive advantages of this learning experience in the areas mentioned above.

Dukhan, N., & Jenkins, M. (2007, June), Student/Teacher Role Swap In Heat Transfer Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2370

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