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Using Senior Research, Design, And Development Projects In The Development Of A Course In Electric Vehicle Technology

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.700.1 - 5.700.5



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Sergy Lyshevski

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Akhouri S. C. Sinha

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Maher E. Rizkalla

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Charles F. Yokomoto

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Mohamed El-sharkawy

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Richard Pfile

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Session #3432

Using Senior Research, Design, and Development Projects in the Development of a Course in Electric Vehicle Technology

Maher E. Rizkalla, Charles F. Yokomoto, Richard Pfile, Akhouri S. C. Sinha, Mohamed El-Sharkawy, Sergy Lyshevski, and Marvin Needler Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 723W Michigan Street Indianapolis, IN 46202-5137 and Ahmed El-Antably Allison Transmission Indianapolis, IN Division of General Motors Corporation P.O. Box 894 Indianapolis, IN 46206-0894

Abstract: This paper details an approach that we used in the development of laboratory experiments, course materials, and laboratory facilities for a course in electric vehicle technology. In particular, we describe how students assisted us in the development of the course by conducting research and design projects, in the semesters prior to the first offering of the course. We will describe the mechanism for assigning credit for such work in our department, how advising of students on such projects is carried out, the typical kinds of projects that students conducted, the results of the work done by the students, and their responses to the experiences. We will also describe the electric vehicle course that was the focal point of the student projects, the problems that students had to overcome in order to complete their projects, and the success of this strategy for developing an elective course in an emerging area.

I. Introduction In order to develop a course, general guidelines can be followed. This may start with a new idea that meet certain educational objectives and professional activities for job career. An engineering course that combines theory and design, practice with hands-on experiences, industry collaboration, and teamwork across disciplines may require a development plan with a team of faculty from across majors with different specialties. The implementation plan of such a course can be developed to meet the course objectives. Unlike developing a course in common and popular engineering areas where plenty of textbooks are available to assist in the development, an industrial-based course in a new area may require heavy industrial collaboration in developing lecture notes and laboratory components from technical manuals and technical journals.

The area of electric vehicle technology is new to engineering and technology education. There are few courses developed across the country with varying objectives. Our course was designed to achieve the following: integration of knowledge from normally unrelated topics that are usually covered in several different courses, industrial cooperation, hands-on experiences, preparation of students for a career in the automotive sector, and to enhance student ability to work with students from different majors. This course is different from other elective courses in traditional EE or EET curricula. Unlike any elective courses, where theory is covered first and applications

Lyshevski, S., & Sinha, A. S. C., & Rizkalla, M. E., & Yokomoto, C. F., & El-sharkawy, M., & Pfile, R. (2000, June), Using Senior Research, Design, And Development Projects In The Development Of A Course In Electric Vehicle Technology Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8817

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