This project site informs about a new integrated aerospace and mechanical engineering course and its development. The course is designed to help undergraduate mechanical and aerospace engineering students understand how airplanes fly by taking them through the process of designing, modeling, manufacturing, and testing a prototype wing. The combination of design, manufacturing, and experimental validation constitutes an educational concept for undergraduate students in engineering, integrating important topics such as physics of flight and manufacturing processes, including sustainability. The contexts of flight and sustainability allow for student engagement, while presenting substantial opportunities for intellectual growth.
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This project was funded by the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program under Award No. 1505080. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Project duration: 08/01/2015 – 07/31/2018