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Cooper, Lauren A

Teaching Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Cooper's main research emphasis is in Engineering Education, specifically to investigate the connection between student motivation and project-based learning.


  • Senior Capstone Design, First-Year Engineering Design, Project-Based Learning and Student Motivation, Service-Learning and Social Justice in Engineering


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courses taught

  • MCEN 3017 - Circuits and Electronics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Introductory course covers analysis of electric circuits by use of Ohm's law, network reduction, node and loop analysis, Thevenin's and Norton's theorems, DC and AC signals, transient response of simple circuits, transfer functions, basic diode and transistor circuits and operational amplifiers. Same as ECEN 3010.
  • MCEN 3047 - Data Analysis and Experimental Methods
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Learn to plan and carry out experiments and analyze the results. Topics covered include measurement fundamentals, design of experiments, elementary statistics and uncertainty analysis. Topics in statistics include probability, error propagation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, one- and two-factor ANOVA and time series analysis. Formerly MCEN 3037. Same as GEEN 3853.
  • MCEN 4045 - Mechanical Engineering Design Project 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    First part of a two-course capstone design experience in mechanical engineering. Covers problem definition, determining design requirements, alternative design concepts, engineering analysis, proof-of-concept prototype and CAD drawings. Students make several oral design reviews, a final design presentation, and prepare a written report. GEEN-BS and GEEN-BSGE students are not required to complete MCEN 2000, MCEN 3022, MCEN 3030 or MCEN 4026 but have additional prerequisites of GEEN 1400, 2400 and 3400.
  • MCEN 4085 - Mechanical Engineering Design Project 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Second part of a two-course capstone design experience in mechanical engineering. Includes refinement of prototype, design optimization, fabrication, testing, and evaluation. Students orally present the final design and prepare a written report and operation manual for the product. GEEN-BS and GEEN-BSEPL students are not required to complete MCEN 4026.


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