Premier Courseware of 2002
Interactive Groundwater was announced as the Premier Courseware of 2002 at the 2002 ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference on Friday, November 8, 2002 in Boston, MA.
Shu-Guang Li, et al., Michigan State University
10 Principles of Materials Handling
Sunderesh S. Heragu, Robert J. Graves and Donald L. Millard, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Charles J. Malmborg, Russell Sage College
10 Principles of Materials handling introduces the primary concepts of materials handling through extensive use of multimedia, including diagrams, audio, video and interactive simulations called playspaces. Stories with pictures and high quality video illustrate examples of the 10 Principles, both when applied correctly and even when implemented incorrectly. The 10 Principles software is very efficient from an educational perspective while thoroughly imparting a great deal of information (approximately a one week course) in a relatively short time, and includes a glossary to keep up with new terminology as it is introduced. Its visually appealing design is appropriate for use in both collegiate and industry settings, and includes a great deal of carefully and accurately produced material that quickly clarifies the main concepts, issues and problems of materials handling.
Paul M. Santi, Colorado School of Mines and John F. Petrikovitsch, University of Missouri-Rolla
BEST SiteSim comprises cases studies for three site areas and enables students to simulate field analyses in either of two domains: hydro-geologic (e.g., for purpose of identifying groundwater contamination) or geologic (e.g., for purpose of choosing a suitable site for building). Once the student selects a scenario, the student has access to site information and is given a budget, much as an engineer might have in the real world. Students are encouraged to collaborate in pairs, again similar to the real-world experience they might encounter. They decide where to drill and choose what tests to make in the soil or water encountered. In essence, students are required to make decisions that have an impact, both financially and on the progess of a construction or environmental project, based on imperfect information. They need to assess, as they gather information, what incremental additional information would be the most useful, and they continue to iterate until they have satisfied themselves that they have a recommendation and understand its limitations might be. With BESTSiteSim, students choose and integrate a variety of diverse, imperfect information, adhering to a budget, to help prepare them for solving problems encountered in their engineering career.
Professors have access to a wealth of information in support of the student’s learning experience, prepared in the instructor materials, to enable them to their students. With this tool, professors can help their students prepare for careers that require site investigation and analysis.
About the Premier Award
The Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware was developed by NEEDS—A Digital Library for Engineering Education, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and the Synthesis Coalition to recognize high-quality, non-commercial courseware designed to enhance engineering education.