Title

Active, Collaborative Learning via Real-World Projects with Local Industrial Clients: Materials Selection and Product Design in an Upper-Level Undergraduate Elective

Publication Date

2015

Journal

Journal of Materials Education

Volume

37

Issue

5-6

First Page

185

Last Page

196

Abstract

Materials selection and product design principles are effectively introduced in an upper-level undergraduate materials elective course by way of client projects. The projects involve local industry and entrepreneurs with real product development needs, and are implemented with short, focused scope and timeframe to supplement the traditional components and activities of an advanced materials science and engineering course. Feedback from students indicate successful transfer of their fundamental materials knowledge to authentic engineering problems, and course assessment shows evidence of the positive effect and value of multi-faceted learning gained from the client project.

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