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Teaching Of Mechanical Design In Various Academic Settings

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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DEED Poster Session

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9.1190.1 - 9.1190.8

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Somnath Chattopadhyay

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Session 168

Teaching of Design in Various Academic Settings

Som Chattopadhyay Department of Engineering Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne 2101 Coliseum Blvd East, Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Introduction Design as it refers to in the subsequent discussions is the design for strength and is taught typically in junior and senior levels of the mechanical engineering curricula at various academic settings. The typical settings that we consider are a) undergraduate teaching institutions, b) graduate research institutions and c) institutions in the third world countries where the medium of instruction is in English. The author has had the rare opportunity to teach mechanical design in a number of private and public institutions in the United States (primarily undergraduate as well as research institutions) and more recently at the American University in Cairo. There are a number of issues that need to be addressed: they are a) content of the course, b) relevance of the course as presently taught to the student’s future industrial career and c) pedagogy and as a byproduct, the issue of textbooks. We will try to address these issues as they pertain to the various academic settings. We also present a typical mechanical design pedagogical model implemented by the author at a primarily undergraduate private institution in the United States. We were able to successfully integrate the lecture and the lab modules, which provided an effective learning environment for the students.

Content and Sequence The course in consideration is that of the design of machine elements. The content is handled in a variety of ways in different institutions. Most of the approaches proceed directly to the design of machine elements without specifically getting into the solid mechanics areas. This format is typically followed after the student has had the necessary course work in statics, dynamics and strength of materials.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Chattopadhyay, S. (2004, June), Teaching Of Mechanical Design In Various Academic Settings Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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