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The Nsf Gateway Engineering Education Coalition Materials Project

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.571.1 - 3.571.6

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Surya Kalidindi

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Philip Perdikaris

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John Lannutti

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John DiNardo

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Gary Ruff

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Charles McMahon

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Jed S. Lyons

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Alan Lawley

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Linda Schadler

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Session 1364

The NSF Gateway Engineering Education Coalition Materials Project Jed Lyons - University of South Carolina Surya Kalidindi, Alan Lawley, Gary Ruff, John DiNardo - Drexel University John Lannutti - Ohio State University Charles McMahon - University of Pennsylvania Philip Perdikaris - Case Western Reserve University Linda Schadler - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

ABSTRACT The Gateway Coalition Materials Project is a collaborative effort to improve the teaching of Materials Science and Engineering fundamentals and laboratory principles at the undergraduate level. The project develops multi-media, video and physical experimentation packages in modular form so that they can be used at a variety of schools and in a variety of settings. These include: (a) interactive, self-paced personal computer-based instructional modules on Fracture Mechanics, Corrosion, Electrical Conductivity, Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, Welding and Brazing, and Microscopy; (b) video-based virtual labs on Phase Diagrams, Tensile Testing, Charpy Impact Testing and Fractography, Heat Treatment of Steel, and others; and (c) innovative physical laboratory experiments and sequences. This paper is intended to help disseminate these modules and to report what was learned about creating these effective learning supplements.

1. INTRODUCTION The Gateway Engineering Education Coalition is a collaborative program of 10 institutions, supported by the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation. One focus of the Coalition is on improving "how we teach" as opposed to "what we teach." Teams of faculty from the various institutions have developed innovative approaches and learning tools for seven distinct curricular areas. One of these, the Materials Program Area team, is involved with the development of course materials for teaching material science and engineering at the introductory level within a topical range from atomic structure to materials processing. The two major thrusts in this area have been:

x Solid State Materials Course Modules The goal of this effort is to develop a course on solid-state materials to serve as a first course on materials science with emphasis on electrical, optical and related properties of semiconductors and metals. Specific objectives are to teach the principles of modern physics using state of the art experimental techniques and introduce students to the physics and engineering of solid state materials and electronic devices.

x Introductory Engineering Materials Course Modules The undergraduate engineering educational experience is enhanced when students get to “see and do” things that compliment classroom lectures. To provide these opportunities, this team develops exportable modules for teaching Materials Science and Engineering fundamentals and laboratory principles. The modular approach facilitates technology transfer to variety of schools and teaching settings. The “modules” include multi-media computer programs, videotaped demonstrations and hands-on laboratories.

Kalidindi, S., & Perdikaris, P., & Lannutti, J., & DiNardo, J., & Ruff, G., & McMahon, C., & Lyons, J. S., & Lawley, A., & Schadler, L. (1998, June), The Nsf Gateway Engineering Education Coalition Materials Project Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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