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Project ID: 202
Author: Sae Hwang
Project Title: The Design and Implementation of a Virtual Engineering Technology Laboratory Experiment
Semester: Fall 2002
Committe Chair: Dr. David Thomas
Committee Member 1: Dr. Ray Bachnak
Committee Member 2: Dr. Mario Garcia
Project Description: Hands-on activities are very important for teaching engineering concepts and techniques. While institutions are moving toward distance education opportunities, they are facing the problem of offering quality laboratory experiences to their students. As a result, a number of web-based systems that rely on software development programs, such as CGI, Perl, Java, and C++, have been developed. This approach makes developing, maintaining, and upgrading laboratory experiements very expensive and a time consuming process. This project involves the design and implememtation of a virtual laboratory that enables engineering technology students to perform laboratory experiments online. The laboratory uses LabVIEW to provide data acquisition, storage, and processing capabililties and real-time viewing of the laboratory environment using a digital camera. LabVIEW is a powerful programming toolkit that accomodates data acquisition, instrument control, data processing, and network communitcation. It also enhances streaming of live data as well as interaction among various system modules. Experimental results show that the system functions as expected.
Project URL:   202.pdf