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Undergraduate Engineering Design Projects that Involve Inter-Departmental Collaboration

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2020 ASEE North Central Section conference

Location

Morgantown, West Virginia

Publication Date

March 27, 2020

Start Date

March 27, 2020

End Date

May 20, 2020

Page Count

11

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https://peer.asee.org/35751

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Robert Michael P.E. Gannon University

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Robert J. Michael, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor in the Mechanical Department at Gannon University, obtained his B.S.M.E. degree from Akron University where he graduated summa cum laude, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He joined the faculty at Gannon University in the Fall of 2013 as an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering department. Prior to his employment at Gannon, Dr. Michael spent several years in industry where he worked as an industrial product designer and aerospace product designer for LORD Corporation and as general manager for National Tool and Equipment.
• Courses taught include finite element analysis, material science, statics, strength of materials, materials lab, machine design, product design, production design, plastic design and FE analysis, manufacturing and engineering graphics.
• Research interests include design and optimization of elastomer components, elastomeric fatigue properties, hyperelastic modeling of elastomers, failure analysis of elastomeric components, seismic analysis of storage racks, experimental testing and characterization of materials and general machine design.
• Engineering Consultant provide consulting services to local industry. Services include: elastomeric product design and analysis, machine design, finite element analysis, solid modeling, vibration analysis and diagnostic testing.
Dr. Michael holds several patents and has several patents pending primarily in the area of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) type isolation products. He has published extensively in this area as well. He is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Davide Piovesan Gannon University

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Davide Piovesan was born in Venice, Italy on October 10 , 1978. He is currently Associate Professor in the Biomedical, Industrial and Systems Engineering department at Gannon University and the director of the Biomedical Engineering Program. He received his M.S.M.E in 2003 and D.Eng in Mechanical Measurement in 2007 at the University of Padova, Italy. His dissertation presented a set of experimental and analytical validation techniques for human upper limb models. From 2004 to 2008 he was a visiting scholar and post-doctoral fellow at the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Lab at Brandeis University. There, he worked on the mechanics of movement adaptation in non inertial environments as part of a NASA extramural funding program. He joined Northwestern University in 2008, working as a post-doc fellow at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago until 2013 in the field of rehabilitation robotics. Davide’s main research interest is to gain insights on the role of biomechanics in the neural control of movements, with applications to rehabilitation engineering.

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David Gee Gannon University

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FYS Coordinator, College of Engineering
Faculty Advisor, ASME Student Chapter

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Abstract

This paper reports on collaborative engineering projects involving undergraduate engineering students. The focus of the paper is on an undergraduate freshman-level mechanical engineering graphics course whereby the students had the task of designing and modeling a 3-D printer constructed of standard purchased and fabricated components. The goal of the project was to design a 3-D printer with a total cost of under $130. The graphics class was organized into various engineering groups with specific design functions assigned to each group. The project was led by a Chief Engineer whose task was to perform design reviews and keep the entire group on schedule. The graphics class worked closely with a student led Robotic Development Group, the Computer and Information Science Department (CIS) and the Electrical Engineering Department (EE). Ultimately more than fifty local high school students were able to build a low-cost 3-D printer as part of the student-led group summer STEM program. The design project was extremely valuable in teaching the importance of collaboration with multiple departments, project organization and timing as well as tolerancing, manufacturing techniques, fits and producing detailed engineering drawings. Finally, the design project also supported the ABET criterion 3.k for Baccalaureate Degree in Engineering which state that students have “an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice”. The projects are also useful in fostering life-long learning (ABET criterion 3.i.).

Michael, R., & Piovesan, D., & Gee, D. (2020, March), Undergraduate Engineering Design Projects that Involve Inter-Departmental Collaboration Paper presented at 2020 ASEE North Central Section conference, Morgantown, West Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/35751

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