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Teaching Mechanical Design for Mechatronics Engineering Students Using a Project-based Sequential Learning Approach

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Multidisciplinary Design I

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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Bahaa kazem Ansaf Colorado State University, Pueblo Orcid 16x16

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B. Ansaf received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering /Aerospace and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Baghdad in 1996 and 1999 respectively. From 2001 to 2014, he has been an Assistant Professor and then Professor with the Mechatronics Engineering Department, Baghdad University. During 2008 he has been a Visiting Associate professor at Mechanical Engineering Department, MIT. During 2010 he has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Michigan State University. From 2014 to 2016, he has been a Visiting Professor with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Missouri. Currently, he is Assistant Professor with the Engineering Department, Colorado State University-Pueblo. He is the author of two book chapters, more than 50 articles. His research interests include artificial intelligence systems and application, smart material applications and robotics motion and planning. Also, He is a member of ASME since 2014 and ASEE since 2016.

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Nebojsa I Jaksic P.E. Colorado State University, Pueblo Orcid 16x16

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NEBOJSA I. JAKSIC earned the Dipl. Ing. degree in electrical engineering from Belgrade University (1984), the M.S. in electrical engineering (1988), the M.S. in industrial engineering (1992), and the Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the Ohio State University (2000). He is currently a Professor at Colorado State University-Pueblo teaching robotics and automation courses. Dr. Jaksic has over 70 publications and holds two patents. Dr. Jaksic's interests include robotics, automation, and nanotechnology engineering education and research. He is a licensed PE in the State of Colorado and a member of ASEE, IEEE, and SME.

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Curriculum development and teaching style for the advanced engineering topics in multidisciplinary engineering programs, like Mechatronics Engineering and Bioengineering, need to be integrated in an efficient way to balance between study program outcomes and specific course objectives. Thus, exposing students to diversified background topics in an intensive way is a big challenge to program administrators, instructors and the students. In this work, we described project-based multi-objectives sequential learning modules and the teaching strategy of the machine design subject for mechatronics engineering students. The suggested approach introduces the design procedures and concepts using a single multi-level design problem as a running semester project. The students need to work in teams to complete design modifications using new and enhanced design concepts and tools during the semester. An Excel spreadsheet for the design analysis needs to be created by each team and upgrade it repetitively during the course to achieve new design specifications and criteria. In addition, the students need to build a numerical model for the same project using Finite Elements method and gradually updated during the semester using evaluation tools and design libraries in the SolidWorks. The students need to compare and discuss results of the numerical simulation and the traditional design equations and formals through two midterm projects and final projects reports and several classwork assignments. The Machine Design course had been implemented and evaluated at Engineering Department at CSU-Pueblo. The students showed very good participation during the implementation of this advanced subject in mechanical engineering and they gained critical thinking skills, teamwork, and engineering design technical skills. The main challenge from the students perspective was their variable background in using software and from the instructor's perspective was keeping the students involved in long-term project problem and introducing new theoretical concepts in one design problem. This paper describes learning modules and provides information on how the modules are integrated into a cohesive system at the end of the project.

Ansaf, B. K., & Jaksic, N. I. (2018, June), Teaching Mechanical Design for Mechatronics Engineering Students Using a Project-based Sequential Learning Approach Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31057

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