Building Sustainability into Control Systems
Building Sustainability into Control Systems Courses is a project supported by the National Science Foundation under grant no. DUE 1044830*. This project engages mechanical engineering (ME) students by exposing them to relevant real-world problems that leverage our new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum-certified academic building by:
(1) utilizing our state-of-the art Building Management System to incorporate control systems learning opportunities that integrate energy consumption and sustainability, and
(2) developing hands-on process control experimental scenarios that supplement traditional classroom learning.
The new practical experiments and inductive learning platforms are incorporated into an ongoing redesign of the ME program that creates a more cooperative and student-centric learning environment. The project will provide assessments of student learning outcomes that result from new case-based and experiential learning approaches, and disseminate new curricular materials that will be modular and adaptable to a wide range of curricula. A key outcome of this effort is the examination of the role of first-hand experiences and curricular improvements in motivating and retaining diverse students in mechanical engineering.
Baglione, M., del Cerro, G., "Building Sustainability into Control Systems: Preliminary Assessment of a New Facilities-Based and Hands-On Teaching Approach," Proc. of the 2014 ASEE Zone 1 Conference, Apr. 3-5, 2014 Bridgeport, CT.Nominated for Best Professional Paper Award.
Zielkowski, A., Baglione, M., Wootton, D., "Determining System Time Constant Through Experimental and Analytical Techniques," Proc. of the 2014 ASEE Zone 1 Conference, Apr. 3-5, 2014 Bridgeport, CT. Nominated for Best Student Paper Award.
Sterman, M., Baglione, M., “Design of Artificial Neural Network Using Solar Inputs for Assessing Energy Consumption in a High Performance Academic Building,” Proceedings of the 2012 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 9-12, 2012, Houston, TX.
Baglione, M., Caubel, J., “Developing Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum Material using the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and Building Management Systems of a High Performance Academic Building,” Proceedings of the 2012 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 9-12, Houston, TX.
Baglione, M., “Incorporating Practical Laboratory Experiments to Reinforce Dynamic Systems and Control Concepts,” Proceedings of the 2009 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 13-19, 2009, Lake Buena Vista, FL, Vol. 7, pp. 391-395.
DiStefano, T., "Reforming Engineering Education: An Experiential Approach to Control Systems Design and Building Sustainability," 2015 ASEE Northeast Section Conference Student Poster Abstract, Apr. 30-May 2, 2015, Boston, MA.
*Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.