Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"SmartCAD: Guiding Engineering Design with Science Simulations"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
Engineering design education, Computer Aided Design, Simulations
Project Description:
In this project we conduct design-based research on SmartCAD, a computer-aided design (CAD) system that supports teaching of secondary level science and engineering design. SmartCAD analyzes student design artifacts on a scientific basis and provides automatic formative feedback in forms such as numbers, graphs, and visualizations to guide student design processes on an ongoing basis. This research seeks to understand the gain in students’ science knowledge as well as engineering design competency after they use SmartCAD.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will contribute by helping the research team analyze data. This will include reviewing of middle school students’ classroom interaction videos, evaluating designs created by the students using SmartCAD, and analyzing explanations and design rationale written by the students in their design journal. The analysis process will use both qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques. The intern will help refine SmartCAD software as well as the curriculum by sharing findings from the analysis. S/he will also help write and publish papers in conferences and journals.
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Desired Qualifications:
Minimum GPA of 3.0 Completed a minimum of 30 credit hours of college courses Willing to complete human subjects online training (if needed) Responsible, strong work ethics.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Magana, Alejandra
Computer and Information Technology

Student Supervisor

Chandan Dasgupta
Postdoctoral Researcher

Cooperating Faculty

Bedrich Benes
Department of Computer Graphics Technology