Tom Eppes, professor of electrical & computer engineering, CETA and Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, CETA, presented a paper at the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Global Education Conference (EDUCON) 2017 conference, which took place in Athens, Greece, this April. The EDUCON 2017 conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for academic, research, and industrial collaboration by presenting the newest research results and practical showcases on teaching methods, practical experiences, and research towards the future of global engineering education, attracting participants from all over the world.
The paper, ‘Building Applications in Engineering Courses,’ discusses how application building has been integrated into a set of graduate and undergraduate engineering courses set in a project- and inquiry-based learning environment. Graduate projects are multiphysics in nature and range from electrical voltage generators with various heat transfer modes to force loads on linear elastic structures and multiphase flow. The undergraduate simulations focus on thermo-fluids. In all courses, students develop application interfaces tailored to a specific user community without advanced technical skills. This approach lead students to a deeper understanding of the underlying physical processes and mastery of both simulation and application development. New student capabilities strengthen the collaborative opportunities and add value to industry-sponsored projects.
Shown in the figure is an application interface for the project ‘Vortical flows over open cavities,’ completed by Christian Mauricio, senior mechanical engineering student. This work was presented at the recent Undergraduate Research & Creativity Colloquium.