ASEE Webinar: Transforming the Freshman "Cornerstone" Design Course Through Modeling and Simulation - Maplesoft
ASEE Webinar: Transforming the Freshman "Cornerstone" Design Course Through Modeling and Simulation
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Description
The freshman design course, or "cornerstone" course, is a critical component of the curriculum at most institutions. The modern incarnation of this course integrates general design and analysis concepts and the application of computing tools such as CAD. In a general sense, it is intended to answer the question "What do engineers actually do?" for a young student.

This webinar presents a detailed case study of the recent McMaster University initiative to enrich its cornerstone course. The key new element is the introduction of a dynamic modeling software package to allow students to analyze and explore the system dynamics, and ultimately the design options, for a real system. Prior to this, the course focused on development of the CAD model, and then essentially guessing at possible modifications to the design to achieve a desired design goal. This new approach introduces a true design iteration step. From the CAD model, students can quickly develop a corresponding dynamic model and systematically assess system performance for changes in parameter values.

McMaster deployed a software combination of Autodesk® Inventor™ and MapleSim™ for the modeling and simulation workflow.

The contents of this seminar include:
  • Motivation and the core pedagogy framing the initiative
  • Fundamental elements of the new course
  • Technical challenges in introducing advanced modeling and simulation tools into the freshman curriculum
  • Progress thus far and future challenges
About the Presenters
Dr. Thomas Doyle P.Eng., Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University
Dr. Doyle is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University. His teaching interests include McMaster’s freshman program including the cornerstone design course. Dr. Doyle is a leading member of the faculty team, enriching and transforming McMaster’s curriculum to meet emerging challenges of the profession. His research interests include biomedical signal processing, human-computer interfacing (HCI), brain computer interfacing (BCI), and machine learning. Dr. Doyle earned his PhD at the University of Western Ontario. He is a member of the ASEE and IEEE, among other societies.
Dr. Tom Lee, VP Applications Engineering, Maplesoft and Adjunct Professor, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo
Dr. Tom Lee is Vice President of Applications Engineering at Maplesoft, an industry partner for the McMaster initiative. Dr. Lee oversees the deployment of Maplesoft’s modeling and simulation tools in industry worldwide. As an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo, he continues to contribute to the advancement of techniques in engineering education and research. Dr. Lee earned his PhD at the University of Waterloo. He is a member of the ASEE and the SAE, among other societies.
About the Moderator
Robert F. Black, Deputy Executive Director, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
In his capacity as Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Black helps supervise all of ASEE’s domestic and international activities. In addition, he directly supervises all of ASEE’s publications and leads their marketing and advertising endeavors. He was formerly the Deputy Business Editor at US News and World Report magazine and has published and edited numerous articles in the national media on business, economics, finance and technology. Prior to joining US News, Mr. Black was one of the original members of the Congressional Budget Office and an economist at the Urban Institute.
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