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.
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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:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Magana deleon, Alejandra
computer and information technology

Student Supervisor

Alejandra Magana
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Shirley Dyke
College of Engineering