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Knutsen, Jeffrey Steven Senior Instructor and Charles C. Gates Mechanical Engineering Faculty Fellow

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Research

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  • As an instructor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, my interests focus primarily on the implementation of novel teaching strategies in the classroom, especially the use of electronic resources such as concept tests, screencasts, and the use of a tablet computer to facilitate a more dynamic presentation of course material. I am currently developing a number of screencasts, facilitating “flipped classrooms” that move lectures outside the classroom via a series of short videos. Class time is then available for more valuable activities such as discussions of conceptual questions, workshops, and projects.

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  • STEM, DBER, ABET, chemical exposure assessment, filtration, rheology

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Teaching

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  • COEN 3930 - Engineering Internship/Co-op
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Students enrolled in this course participate in a pre-approved internship or cooperative education program with an employer that allows them to explore the relationship between theory and practice and demonstrate evidence of significant learning (e.g., academic assignments and employer/sponsor evaluations). Pass/Fail only. Up to 3 credits may apply towards BS degree program's Free Electives (even if student has multiple enrollments in this course and/or COEN 4950). Students should contact the CEAS Extracurricular Programs Manager for more information. Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA is required.
  • GEEN 1400 - Engineering Projects
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    First-year students solve real engineering design problems in interdisciplinary teams. Design projects vary by section. Curriculum focuses on iterative design process, teamwork and team dynamics, supporting design with testing and analysis, and technical writing. Completed projects are exhibited at an end-of-semester design expo. Students responsible for contributing towards their design project budget and poster costs, and purchasing safety glasses (approximately $75).
  • MCEN 3012 - Thermodynamics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Explores fundamental concepts and basic theory, including first and second laws of thermodynamics, properties, states, thermodynamic functions and cycles. Same as GEEN 3852.
  • MCEN 3021 - Fluid Mechanics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Examines fundamentals of fluid flow with application to engineering problems. Topics covered include fluid statics and kinematics, Bernoulli equations, laminar and turbulent viscous boundary layers, laminar and turbulent pipe flow, and conservation equations for mass, momentum and energy. Same as CHEN 3200 and CVEN 3313.
  • MCEN 3022 - Heat Transfer
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Studies fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Emphasizes problem formulation and selection of appropriate solution techniques. Provides applications to modern engineering systems, which may include energy, biological, environmental, and materials engineering problems.
  • MCEN 3030 - Computational Methods
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Studies fundamental numerical techniques for the solution of commonly encountered engineering problems. Includes methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, data analysis, numerical differentiation and integration, ordinary and partial differential equations.
  • MCEN 4173 - Finite Element Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Introduces the theory behind and applications of the finite element method as a general and powerful tool to model a variety of phenomena in mechanical engineering. Applications include structural mechanics, mechanics of elastic continua and heat conduction. Same as MCEN 5173.
  • MCEN 5042 - Heat Transfer
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Studies development of equations governing transport of heat by conduction, convection, and radiation, and their solution. Includes analytical and numerical solution of initial and boundary value problems representative of heat conduction in solids. Describes heat transfer in free and forced convection, including laminar and turbulent flow. Also involves radiation properties of solids, liquids, and gases and transport of heat by radiation.
  • MCEN 5173 - Finite Element Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Introduces the theory behind and applications of the finite element method as a general and powerful tool to model a variety of phenomena in mechanical engineering. Applications include structural mechanics, mechanics of elastic continua and heat conduction. Same as MCEN 4173.

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