Integration of heat conduction measurement systems into engineering technology education
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Modern engineering technology education necessitates realistic, cross disciplinary research projects. Maintaining these research opportunities within the university is an effective way for undergraduate students to practice their profession while assisting with graduate level research. In the heat conduction laboratory, the Mechanical Engineering Department at Texas A&M has joined with the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution to create a novel learning environment beneficial to both students and professors. The goal of this project is to design and implement an improved thermal test chamber using mechatronic concepts. Similarly, the educational goal is to have engineering technology students apply their classroom based learning to a real-world application and to coordinate their efforts with a diverse background of advisors and engineers. Copyright 2005 by ASME.