Professional Components of Relevance
There are three major professional components that contribute, and are relevant to the senior project requirement in the Material Science and Engineering (MSE) department curriculum: integration of knowledge, social aspects, and economic aspects. The chosen senior project is educational case study on bicycle materials selection to be presented on a website to encourage material science interest in pre-college students. This report has briefly introduced the senior project and defined it in an executive summary. Our integration of knowledge is described as used in this project from the MSE curriculum classes. The social and economic aspects are also presented to give a broadened view of the projectís application in a general sense; and followed by our conclusion.
Integration of Knowledge
Our integration of knowledge that is used in our senior project from the MSE curriculum, lays in three major class categories. The three categories are the core classes, MSE classes, and electives. All these classes directly relate to our integration of knowledge. All of the classes that are mentioned I the student have taken, completed, and incorporated into my knowledge base.
We will just summarize the important incorporation of knowledge of the core classes.† The core classes are classes needed for every engineering discipline; the foundation of all engineering practice. We can define these core classes into three groups: basic, engineering, and technical writing.
The basic classes would be the Calculus series (Math 124, 125, & 126), the Chemistry series (Chem 142 & 152), and the Physics series (Phys 121, 122, & 123) all of these relate physical science to processed formulaic understanding.
This understanding is then related to the core engineering classes of AA 210 Statics, EE 215 Electrical Circuits, CEE 220 Mechanics of Materials, ME 230 Dynamics, and ChemE 260 Thermodynamics. In these classes the physical science understanding from the basics is used and applied to solve engineering problems. The resulting fundamental engineering solution techniques can be applied in solving material design and selection for this case study.
In the technical writing classes (TC 231 & TC 333), I developed very important editing and writing skills to be applied in the senior project. In TC 231, I even wrote a paper on how to design, build, and publish a commercial website.
We will just list the relevant MSE classes and briefly explain the applied knowledge to the senior project case study.
MSE 170 Fundamentals of
The MSE Laboratory classes MSE 317, MSE 318, and MSE 319, as well as MSE 399; helped with my understanding of experimental techniques, materials processing and mechanical properties of materials, which apply to material and part design in this case study.
MSE 300 Introduction to
Materials Science and Engineering
MSE 305 Phase Equilibria
MSE 314 X-ray Diffraction
MSE 315 Kinetics Processing
MSE 316 Mechanical Behavior
MSE 330 Processing of
MSE 431 Physical Materials
MSE 442 Materials
MSE 322 Thermal Material
MSE 466 Physical Properties
CerE 470 Refractories
Some of the physics elective classes that I took which contributed to project applied understanding are Phys 224, Phys 225, and Phys 341. Phys 224 and Phys 225 gave me understanding of some element and atomic theory that can tell us about material properties/limitations of materials considered in this case study. Phys 341 is a class on energy and the environment, showing that the world energy consumption must be reduced (e.g. The reason why I encourage bicycle use and environmental material design as in the case study).
When considering the social aspects upon the conclusion of this senior project, we can state impacts that relate to the overall website design and the contributed case study of bicycle material selection. The most important related aspects are communication, ethical issues, professional issues, and the informational impact on the website readers.
Communication is very important when we consider the project group and the website readers. We succeed as a group in communication by using email and close interaction through group meetings and peer counseling. Upon project completion the most important aspect of the website is to inform and motivate the readers. This is only done by presenting information through good editing skills with focus on attracting the target audienceís attention.
The ethical issue that is of the most concern to our project is copyright laws and erroneous facts presented to our audience. We can overcome the copyright issue by keeping careful account of references cited and consulted. Also research should be carefully reviewed by peers as well as the by group advisor before final presentation in website.
The website will also have professional issues when dealing with website design and material science profession itself. Website design and content must follow standard Internet coding to allow for different software use while maintaining website integrity. This website also must have a positive impact on the material science world with a strong influence towards engineering design.
The purpose of this educational website is to influence Junior High to High School students to take an interest in material science engineering. The website is already in place (online). Each case study will be added to it as a reference to make it informational driven web design including the definitions that go with each case study. Each case study when presented on the website should peak some interest, give understanding and encourage growth in the material science knowledge of its readers.
When looking at the economic aspects we should consider overall website building cost and the cost of the maintenance.
For building cost is the key contributors are research and web development. Research in our case can be thought of as free; but for student(s) time, advisorís time, and technical/media support given by MSE department and the University faculties. Web development will mainly rely on each group memberís case study/information layout, with some cost related to professional web developer labor for the professional editing and publishing. In general, all these costs will be covered by curriculum/tuition money and paid University faculty labor.