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Work in Progress: Curriculum Revision and Classroom Environment Restructuring to Support Blended Project-Based Learning in First-Year General Engineering Laboratory Courses

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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First-Year Programs: Tuesday 5-Minute Work-in-Progress Postcard Session

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First-Year Programs

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15

DOI

10.18260/1-2--29147

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https://peer.asee.org/29147

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Brandon B. Terranova Drexel University

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Dr. Terranova is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the College of Engineering at Drexel University. In his current role, he is the lead instructor for the freshman engineering program, and oversees activities in the Innovation Studio, a large-area academic makerspace. He has taught and developed courses in general engineering and mechanical engineering at Drexel. Prior to Drexel, he has taught and developed courses in physics and mathematics at SUNY Binghamton, University of Delaware, Missouri Online College, and St. Mark’s High School. Dr. Terranova’s research interests include plasmonics, optical tweezing, photonics, electromagnetism, and engineering education. He received his MS in Physics from SUNY Binghamton, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Electrophysics from Drexel University for his work in 3D plasmonic nanostructures.

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Christopher M. Weyant Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Dr. Weyant has been an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University since 2011. Prior to this position, he was an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University. He earned his doctorate from Northwestern University, master's from the University of Virginia and his bachelor's from Pennsylvania State University. In addition to his experience in academia, Dr. Weyant has worked at Honeywell Aerospace, Capstone Turbine Corporation and Sandia National Laboratories.

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Steven Wrenn Drexel Unviersity, Chemical and Biological Engineering Department

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Youngmoo Kim Drexel University, ExCITe Center

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Youngmoo Kim is director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center and an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Drexel University. He also serves as Resident Technologist for Opera Philadelphia. He received his Ph.D. in media arts and sciences from MIT in 2003 and also holds master's degrees in electrical engineering and music (vocal performance practice) from Stanford University as well as a B.S. in engineering and a B.A. in music from Swarthmore College. His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab), focuses on the machine understanding of audio, particularly for music information retrieval. Honored as a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013 and the recipient of Drexel's 2012 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Youngmoo also has extensive experience in music performance, including eight years as a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

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Lunal Khuon Drexel University

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Dr. Lunal Khuon is an Associate Clinical Professor at Drexel University in the Engineering Technology (ET) Department. He also serves as the Assistant Department Head for Graduate Studies and Director of Research for the ET Department, as well as oversees the Biomedical Engineering Technology concentration. Prior to Drexel, Dr. Khuon had previously held design and system positions at Texas Instruments, Motorola, Hughes, and IBM and faculty positions as an Assistant Professor at Villanova University and Delaware State University and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are in radio frequency and analog integrated circuit design, embedded systems, biomedical electronics, and engineering education. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

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Kristin Imhoff Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Kristin Imhoff graduated from Drexel University with her Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering in 2009. She began her career at Drexel in 2009 as an academic advisor for the Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics department, serving as a professional academic advisor to over 550 students. In January 2012, she became the Program Manager for Assessment & Retention for the College of Engineering, coordinating assessment and accreditation efforts for 12 ABET-accredited undergraduate programs and an ACCE accredited program. She created the Academic Center for Engineers (ACE) in the Spring of 2013 to provide tutoring support for engineering courses. She was promoted to Associate Director for Assessment & Retention Projects in July 2015. Kristin has completed Drexel’s Supervisory Certificate Program and ABET’s IDEAL Scholar program and is currently working toward completion of an M.S. in Human Resource Development and a second Bachelor's in Anthropology. She is a member of ASEE and SHRM.

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Kevin Ayers Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Kevin Ayers is the Database Manager for the College of Engineering at Drexel University, handling all data analysis and data reporting needs across the College. In addition to reporting on the state of the College to all external entities (e.g. ASEE & U.S, News & World Report), he has created dozens of information management systems that allow the College to track resource utilization, physical inventory, and student engagement, persistence, and quality. His previous position as Director of Operations and Logistics for the College of Engineering allows him to bring a unique perspective and insight into how to best display and use the data that both the College of Engineering and Drexel University collect.

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Antonios Kontsos Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Antonios Kontsos joined the Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics Department at Drexel University in September 2009 and he is currently the Director of the Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Group (TAMG). He received his undergraduate 5-year Diploma (2002) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics at University of Patras (Greece), and his MS (2005) and PhD (2007) degrees from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Rice University (Houston, TX). He also held a 2-year Post-doc position at the Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Materials in the Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics Department at the University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX). Kontsos is a member of the ASME, ASNT and Sigma Xi societies and he is serving as the Faculty Advisor of the local ASME student chapter at Drexel University

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Leonid Hrebien Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Leonid Hrebien received his BS degree in electrical engineering, MS degree in biomedical engineering, and Ph.D. degree from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA in 1972, 1975 and 1980 respectively. He is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University, a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association. His research interests are in the areas of biomedical systems, the study and mitigation of acceleration effects on cardiovascular and cerebrovascular functions and the analysis, modeling and estimation of large arrays of complex and noisy biological signals and data. Currently he serves as Interim Director of the Engineering Core Curriculum at Drexel University.

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James E. Mitchell Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Biography of Professor James E. Mitchell, AIA - Associate Dean, Professor, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering - Drexel University

Professor Mitchell draws on 28 years of experience at Drexel and 15 years before that as an Architect, including being a principal in two design firms. At Drexel he's now Associate Dean for the second time and has been CAEE interim department head and longtime director of the Architectural Engineering program. He was educated at Harvard (BA, and MS in Fluid Mechanics) and UPenn (MArch).

His professional interests are in teaching design, the use of information technology in education, and education generally.
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Abstract

This work-in-progress report details the restructuring of a three-quarter Freshman general engineering laboratory course sequence ending in a term-long cornerstone design project. Motivated by a taskforce implemented in 2015 to improve the freshman common curriculum, this development effort affects the first two quarters of this three-quarter, first-year-program laboratory course sequence. Faculty representatives from all engineering departments in the college were assembled to address three goals. The first goal was the establishment of a course structure emphasizing professional skills and engineering design. Second was the creation of a database of "mini-projects" to be integrated into the new course structure. The third goal was the establishment of a blended learning environment which uses web-based lectures and assessments in conjunction with hands-on, problem-based-learning laboratory activities. Three design-focused mini-projects were piloted during the fall and winter quarters of the 2016 – 2017 academic year. A professional skills-focused "micro-project" ran for the first three weeks of the fall quarter, followed by seven weeks of a design-focused "mini-project". Pilot sections in the winter quarter began with a different seven-week mini-project followed by three weeks of another professional skills-focused micro-project. The first three mini-projects developed for this effort were titled: Robot Instruments, Heat Engine, and the Supercap Car Challenge. During the fall and winter quarters, students in the pilot sections were given self-efficacy surveys before and after their projects based on a Likert-type scale. These gauged their impressions of the projects, and self-evaluate their relevant knowledge and abilities before and after the projects. Early results presented in this paper indicate an improved level of student satisfaction with the new course structure and the pilot mini-projects.

Terranova, B. B., & Weyant, C. M., & Wrenn, S., & Kim, Y., & Khuon, L., & Imhoff, K., & Ayers, K., & Kontsos, A., & Hrebien, L., & Mitchell, J. E. (2017, June), Work in Progress: Curriculum Revision and Classroom Environment Restructuring to Support Blended Project-Based Learning in First-Year General Engineering Laboratory Courses Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29147

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