Integrating the mechanical engineering curriculum using a long-term green design project

Eric Constans, Jennifer Kadlowec, Hong Zhang, Bonnie Angelone

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Scopus citations


Subjects that are separate in the curriculum, such as thermodynamics and mechanical design, are integrated in practice, since thermal and mechanical systems must function cohesively in real mechanical systems (e.g. an air conditioner). With this in mind, we are beginning the implementation of a novel, potentially transformative approach to integrating coursework through five semesters of the core mechanical engineering curriculum. The centerpiece of this research is a long-term design/build/test project that will be developed by students over the course of five semesters. The project, a bench-scale hybrid powertrain, is implemented in modules, so that parts of the project may be completed in disparate courses such as Thermodynamics, System Dynamics and Control, and Fluid Mechanics. This paper describes each module, and provides information on how the modules are integrated into a cohesive system at the end of the project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
ISBN (Print)9780878232413
StatePublished - 2012
Event119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2012Jun 13 2012

Publication series

NameASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)2153-5965


Other119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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