Enhancing the Connection to Undergraduate Engineering Students: A Hands-on and Team-Based Approach to Fluid Mechanics

  • Tie Wei New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • Julie Ford New Mexico Tech
Keywords: engineering education, team based, problem based


This article provides information about the integration of innovative hands-on activities within a sophomore-level Fluid Mechanics course at *** University (name withheld to uphold blind review process). The course introduces students to the fundamentals of fluid mechanics with emphasis on teaching key equations and methods of analysis for solving real-world problems. Strategies and examples for moving beyond a traditional lecture-based course are shared, with links highlighting various media used in the course. Implementation of an end-of-semester survey, examples of student performance on select assignments, and qualitative feedback from students indicate the effectiveness of these hands-on activities designed to increase student engagement.

Author Biographies

Tie Wei, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor
Julie Ford, New Mexico Tech
Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor