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WWW Support for Materials Engineering Education Paul D. Johnson Grand Valley State University
Students have become very familiar with the use of the Internet for communication and recrea- tion. As a result, they are also becoming comfortable with the use of the Internet to carry out class-related assignments and research. With numerous Internet terminals scattered across most campuses, it is very easy for the students to get access to web resources – often much easier than it is for them to access conventional library resources. Students in introductory Materials Science classes at GVSU have, for several years, been asked to search the Internet for specific types of engineering design data. More recently, manufacturing students in a graduate level course on contemporary developments in materials have been asked to use the Internet to find information to supplement what was available in their course references.
Engineering programs throughout the country have been criticized for ineffective usage of com- puters in engineering education1. Use of the Internet for research on engineering materials is an effective application of computers to engineering design in a way that is quite different from the more conventional computational applications. Students can use the Internet to find design data, to communicate with the instructor and to collaborate with other students on their assignments. By being able to electronically link to remote engineering resources, students can broaden the scope of their knowledge beyond what is available at any particular campus. By tapping into the resources of companies, libraries, professional and trade organizations and universities world- wide, it is possible to get a much broader base of information than is available at any one loca- tion.
II. Examples of Web Based Resources
The number of web based resources applicable to materials science and engineering is growing at a very rapid rate. Sources of these resources include governmental agencies, universities, pro- fessional societies and corporations, as well as individuals interested in materials issues. Infor- mation available ranges from non-technical advertising to highly technical research reports and materials property and applications data. Web resources in materials engineering have become far too extensive to review comprehensively. The following, however, are examples of web sites with extensive materials information, or list of references to other materials related sites.
Johnson, P. (1999, June), Www Support For Materials Engineering Education Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina. https://peer.asee.org/8066
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