Mechanical engineering case studies on the web

Laura L. Pauley, James G. Brasseur

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We describe the application of "case studies" and a case study web site developed for use in junior-level undergraduate courses in Mechanical Engineering. Case Studies developed by others in the past often focused on design problems while our case studies focus on data analysis. Case studies are small to mid-range out-of-class assignments based on the analysis of data obtained from senior-level design and laboratory courses, graduate theses, and reports from the literature such as NACA reports. Through the application of the case studies, students learn design and data-analysis methods for real engineering systems using real experimental data in traditionally "lecture" courses. Furthermore, those case studies developed from the senior lab courses provide a bridge between the last two years of the undergraduate curriculum. The case studies motivate junior-level students by exposing them to experiences that will come in the senior year, and in graduate research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9657-9665
Number of pages9
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Oct 25 2004
EventASEE 2004 Annual Conference and Exposition, "Engineering Researchs New Heights" - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2004Jun 23 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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