New Course Development and Assessment Tools in Automotive Lightweighting

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This paper provides an understanding of the need and strategic development of the “Design with Aluminum,” course developed by Kettering University.

This paper is an account of the development and teaching of the course module "Design with Aluminum" created by Professor Raghu Echempati of Kettering University. He presented the paper titled "New Course Development and Assessment Tools in Automotive Lightweighting Technologies" at the 2018 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference.

The Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) funded Kettering University located in Flint, Michigan to develop three new course modules:
• Design with aluminum
• Design with composite materials
• Joining aluminum to itself and dissimilar materials

All three, course modules were used to create a new course at Macomb Community College titled "Advanced Materials", PRDE 2918. "Advanced Materials" was taught for the first time at Macomb Community College in the Fall of 2016 to ten students in the Michigan Advanced Technician Training program (MAT2).

The course module "Design With Aluminum" can be found in the CAAT Resource Library. It was developed by the author under NSF Grant No. 1400593.


Materials Lightweighting
Product Lifecycle:
Resource Type:
Kettering University
Author & Title:
Professor Raghu Echempati, Ph.D., P. E.
Date Developed:
Monday, July 16, 2018
aluminum,fuel economy,joining,Kettering University,lightweighting,transportation,technology
Education Level:
Industry Professionals/Practitioners