Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Cyber-Physical Inquiry System for Multi-Disciplinary Learning"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2012 - DURI
Research area(s):
engineering education, computing education, systems integration
Project Description:
The research objective of this project is to investigate how students develop experimentation and computation adaptive expertise in undergraduate interdisciplinary engineering education through realistic learning experiences with a complex real-world physical test specimen that is accessible through a cyber-portal.
Expected Student Contributions:
Conduct a review of the literature about the educational value of cyber-physical systems. The final product should include a review of theories of learning about innovations and best practices for laboratory instruction. The following topics are requested: computer-assisted data acquisition; virtual and remote experiments and laboratory instruction; unique, multidisciplinary laboratory experiments and programs; laboratory exercises or design projects; horizontal or vertical curricular integration of laboratory experiments and courses; inquiry-based laboratory exercises, and the pedagogy of laboratory courses. Based on lessons learned from the literature review and drawing on constructivist theories of learning and principles of technology-enhanced learning environments: 1. Design a prototype of a realistic challenge-based learning module such as: (a) implementation of wireless network architectures, (b) develop a numerical model of a truss structure and analyze and study the dynamic behavior of the structure, (c) implement a data acquisition tool for modal identification through ambient vibration or (d) explore the integration of sensors and data acquisition. 2. Develop the corresponding lesson plan.
Related Website(s):
nees.org
Desired Qualifications:
minimum GPA of 2.9 completed a minimum of 30 credit hours of college courses completed at least one college statistics/math course willing to complete human subjects online training, if needed proficiency with Microsoft Office tools a plus
Estimated Weekly Hours:
9
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
No

Professor in Charge

Name:
Magana deleon, Alejandra
Deptartment/College:
computer and information technology

Student Supervisor

Name:
Alejandra Magana
Title:
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Shirley Dyke
Deptartment/College:
College of Engineering