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2014 Program (Archived information)
5th North American Materials Education Symposium

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See also the list of posters.

Symposium Day One: Thursday, March 20

time session
8.00 am Registration, Coffee, and Poster setup
8.45 am Welcome Address: Prof. John Abelson and Prof. Mike Ashby
  SESSION 1: Introducing Material Systems and Sustainability - Chair: Prof. Rick Sisson
9.00 am Session Introduction
9.05 am Dr. Ronald Kander - Executive Dean, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, Philadelphia University, USA
Teaching Systems Thinking: Why, What & How
9.30 am Dr. Linda Cadwell Stancin - Director of Core Structures Engineering and Technology
Spirit Aerosystems, Inc.
The Design, Development, and Selection of Materials for Sustainability in Aviation
9.55 am Poster Teasers for Poster Session 1
Day one Poster Presenters invited to give a one minute presentation about their poster
10.30 am Poster Session 1
Coffee and Introductions
11.15 am Dr. Mark De Guire - Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, USA.  
A Revised Materials Science Undergraduate Curriculum, and a New Freshman Course in Materials and Energy
11.40 am Dr. Philip White - School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, USA
Okala Impact Factors 2014 Systemic Modeling of Environmental Impacts
12.05 pm Dr. Suzanne Keilson - Loyola College, Loyola University Maryland, USA
The Compatibility of Sustainability Education and Career Focused Education in Materials
12.30 pm Session discussion led by the session chair
12.45 pm Lunch
Poster Session 1 continued (starts 1.15 pm)
  SESSION 2: Design and Simulation in Materials Education - Chair: Dr. Mark De Guire
2.15 pm Session Introduction
2.20 pm Dr. John Nychka - Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta , Canada
Promoting ‘Good’ Design and Avoiding ‘Bad’ Design: The Role of History and Human Factors
2.45 pm Dr. Lisa Hix- Technology, Design and Safety Department, Keene State College, USA
Sustainable Product Design and Innovation
3.10 pm Dr. Tanya Faltens - Network for Computational Nanotechnology, Purdue University, USA
Cloud-based, fully interactive simulations via nanoHUB to enhance student learning of materials engineering concepts
3.35 pm Poster Session 1 continued
Coffee/Afternoon Tea
4.15 pm Dr. Kyle Gipson- College of Integrated Science & Engineering, James Madison University, USA
Experiential, Problem-based Learning Opportunity for Undergraduates via Real-world Simulated Engineering Design Project
4.40 pm Dr. Paul Eason - Mechanical Engineering, College of Computing, Engineering & Construction, University of North Florida, USA
Enhancing Demonstration of ABET Student Outcomes (a-k) Through Hands-On Capstone Design Experience
5.05 pm Session and day discussion led by the session chairs
5.25 pm Concluding remarks
5.30 pm Close


Symposium Day Two: Friday, March 21

time session
  SESSION 3: Material and Energy-efficient Design - Chair: Prof. John Abelson
9.00 am Session Introduction
9.05 am Prof. Mike Ashby – Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK 
Materials in a Systems-dominated, Resource-constrained world
9.30 am Prof. Timothy Gutowski – Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Challenge of Teaching about Sustainability in Engineering
9.55 am Poster Teasers for Poster Session 2
Day two Poster Presenters invited to give a one minute presentation about their poster
10.30 am Poster Session 2
Coffee and Introductions
11.15 am Dr. Ashley White - Materials Research Program Manager U.S. Green Building Council
Integrating Health into the Sustainable Building Materials Conversation:
Assessment Tools and Education
11.40 am Dr. Eric Weber- School of Architecture, University of Nevada, USA
Creating the UNLV Solar Decathlon House
12.05 pm Dr. Jacob Gines - School of Architecture , Mississippi State University, USA
The Repository: Developing Continued Stewardship One Board-foot at a Time
12.30 pm Session discussion led by the session chair
12.45 pm Lunch  
Poster Session 2
continued (starts 1.15 pm)
  SESSION 4: Hands on: Demos and Projects - Chair: Dr. John Nychka
2.15 pm Session Introduction
2.20 pm Prof. John Abelson - Material Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
Title - tbc
2.45 pm Prof. Rick Sisson- Dean of Graduate Studies, WPI, USA
Teaching and Learning the Fundamentals of Environmental Degradation of Engineered Structures.
3.10 pm Dr. Bill Heffner – Associate Director, Lehigh University, USA
Low-cost, cross-disciplinary experiments in materials science using candy glass and home-built apparatus
3.35 pm Coffee/Afternoon Tea
Poster Session 2 continued
4.15 pm Dr. Kathleen Stair - Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, USA
Discovering ultracapacitors in a sophomore-level lab
4.40 pm Prof. Rudolph Buchheit –Materials Science and Engineering , The Ohio State University, USA Integrating Databases, Visualization, Simulation and Computation into the Materials Science and Engineering Curricula
5.05 pm Introduction to the 2015 North American Materials Education Symposium
5.10 pm Session and day discussion led by the session chairs
5.25 pm Concluding remarks
5.30 pm Close

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