Integration of Project-Based Learning (PBL) into Mechanical Engineering Programs

By Wael Mokhtar, Paul Duesing and Robert Hildebrand.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Project-Based Learning (PBL) is one of the most effective tools used in engineering education. It increases the student motivation in the subject being presented in the course, improves their communication skills and develops their self-learning abilities. Traditionally PBL has been used in upper level course (junior and senior level) and been shown to be successful. In the present paper, the use of PBL is expanded to include all the students’ levels throughout the Mechanical Engineering program. In each level (freshman through senior years) a couple of courses are selected to introduce PBL. The size of the project, the outcome, the timeline and the assessment method will depend on the course level. The paper will also discuss the philosophy of PBL and how it was integrated into the Mechanical Engineering program. The presentation is supported by samples of the projects, students’ evaluations and course assessment material.

Keywords: Engineering Education, Project Based Learning, Engineering

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 8, pp.265-276. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.273MB).

Dr. Wael Mokhtar

Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste Marie, MI, USA

BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering PhD in Aerospace Engineering. Teaching Mechanical Engineering courses. Advising senior project students. Perform research related to aerodynamics application. Curriculum development.

Paul Duesing

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste Marie, MI, USA

BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering 20+ of teaching experience. Teaching Mechanical Engineering courses. Teaching Engineering Technology courses. Advising senior project students. Curriculum development. Course assessment. Program assessment.

Dr. Robert Hildebrand

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste Marie, MI, USA

B.S.E. (ME), University of Michigan; M.S. (EM), University of Nebraska; and Ph.D., Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Sweden. Teaching Mechanical Engineering courses as well as curriculum development. Faculty adviser for the SAE student section at LSSU. Conduct course and program assessments. Research areas are noise and vibration, sound in solids, terramechancs, and soils.

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