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The Implementation of Virtual Labs in Aerospace Structures Education

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Laboratory Courses and Programming in the Aerospace Curriculum

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Aerospace

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Diversity

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22

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10.18260/1-2--35339

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Waterloo Tsutsui Purdue University at West Lafayette Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5645-4683

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Waterloo Tsutsui, Ph.D., P.E., is a Lecturer and Lab Coordinator in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. Tsutsui's research interests are energy storage systems, multifunctional structures and materials design, fatigue and fracture, and scholarship of teaching and learning. Before Purdue, Tsutsui was an engineer in the automotive industry for more than 10 years.

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Ruben D. Lopez-Parra Purdue University at West Lafayette (COE)

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Ruben D. Lopez-Parra is a graduate research assistant at Purdue University pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering Education. Previously, he worked as a Natural Science teacher in High School where he, as a scholarly teacher, constantly assessed his performance to design better learning environments that promote students’ conceptual understanding. In 2015, Ruben earned the M.S in Chemical Engineering at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia where he also received the title of Chemical Engineer in 2012. His research interests include cognition and metacognition in the engineering curriculum.

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Genisson Silva Coutinho Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia da Bahia

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Genisson Silva Coutinho is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Technology at the Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia da Bahia. He is a mechanical engineer and holds Master's degree in mechanical engineering, and a PhD in Engineering Education. He has been teaching at different levels, from the first year of technical high school to the final year of mechatronic engineering course, since 1995. He also has considerable experience in the design and implementation of mechatronic and production engineering courses. His non-academic career is centered on product development and manufacturing processes.

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Alberto W. Mello Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Ph.D. in Aerospace from the University of Texas at Austin. Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Topics of interest: Physics of fatigue crack initiation; microscale plastic strain accumulation; fatigue under aggressive environment; digital image correlation; damage tolerance analysis; aircraft fatigue life extension.

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Michael David Sangid Purdue University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1986-8673

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Michael D. Sangid received his B.S. (2002) and M.S. (2005) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). After his Master’s degree, Dr. Sangid spent two years working in Indianapolis, IN for Rolls-Royce Corporation, specializing in material characterization, fatigue, fracture, and creep of high temperature aerospace materials before resuming his education in 2007. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UIUC in 2010 and continued as a post-doctoral associate. In the spring of 2012, Dr. Sangid started as an assistant professor at Purdue University in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics with a courtesy appointment in Materials Engineering, where he continues his work on building computational materials models for failure of structural materials with experimental validation efforts focused at characterization of the stress/strain evolution at the microstructural scale during in situ loading. He is a recipient of the TMS Young Leaders Award, the ASME Orr Award, TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow, the NSF CAREER Award, and the AFOSR, ONR, and DARPA Young Investigator/Faculty Awards.

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Tamara J. Moore Purdue University at West Lafayette Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-7956-4479

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Tamara J. Moore, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Engineering Education and interim Executive Director of the INSPIRE Institute at Purdue University. Dr. Moore’s research is centered on the integration of STEM concepts in K-12 and postsecondary classrooms in order to help students make connections among the STEM disciplines and achieve deep understanding. Her work focuses on defining STEM integration and investigating its power for student learning. Tamara Moore received an NSF Early CAREER award in 2010 and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2012.

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Abstract

Virtual laboratories are valuable resources to support students’ learning in engineering and science. They allow students to perform experiments with minimum resources, be prepared for other hands-on activities or lectures, and better understand the conceptual knowledge of the discipline. Due to those benefits, the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University has been implementing virtual labs in the lab course of AAE 20401 Aeromechanics II. AAE 20401 is an aerospace structural mechanics lab course for second-year students where they had the opportunity to use the Virtual Lab software. When implementing the Virtual Labs, we characterized the content, assessment, and pedagogy of the course under the Backward Course Design Model to identify how the Virtual Lab software could be integrated into the coursework. After a year of getting feedback on the software from the students and investigating the pedagogical approaches on how to use it, we introduced a new format on the use of the virtual lab in Fall 2019. This paper describes the latest version of the lab course with the integration of the Virtual Lab software. The curriculum design, presented in this paper, is a useful reference for educators who seek to integrate virtual technologies into their new or existing laboratories.

Tsutsui, W., & Lopez-Parra, R. D., & Coutinho, G. S., & Mello, A. W., & Sangid, M. D., & Moore, T. J. (2020, June), The Implementation of Virtual Labs in Aerospace Structures Education Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35339

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