Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Committee Chair

Robert Stwalley

Committee Member 1

Bernard Engel

Committee Member 2

John Lumkes


Continued innovation and design is necessary within all aspects of engineering education to improve the quality of the field and meet the growing needs of students. The projects discussed in this paper were designed under the principles of Bloom’s taxonomy to improve the efficiency student learning. As concepts, processes, and devices become more complex, interactive innovations within teaching techniques become more critical for effective instruction. The use of these teaching methods to promote deeper and more intuitive knowledge gains in students allow for a stronger foundation for covering the foundational skills and methods of the engineering practice. Instructors in the Purdue University Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department identified a need to restructure lab materials and resources to improve student exposure to modern technologies and practices in industry. A transmission educational trainer and a3D printing lab for rapid prototyping were generated to meet the instructors’ needs. These projects were designed to enhance student efficiency through material engagement that promotes higher levels of understanding using foundations of engineering education design. The development and restructuring of available education resources will provide opportunities to increase the quality of the learning environment by providing instructors with additional resources and tools for their classrooms. Positive student responses to these initial projects indicate a demand within the student population for these improved educational opportunities and the potential impact of these projects in the future.