Focus on modern teaching methodologies and ways of innovating in the classroom. Subject Areas: materials science, energy systems, computer programming, numerical methods.

Teaching Case Study I: Projectile Motion Model

Materials Science Courses - UofT - Canada

  • Chemical kinetics - Course Responsible - 2nd yr Materials Engineering, MSE - University of Toronto, 2005-2006
  • Plastic Deformation Course Responsible - 4th yr Materials Engineering, MSE - University of Toronto, 2005-2006

Materials Science Courses - UdelaR - Uruguay

  • Physical Metallurgy Lecturer, responsible thesis/lab work - 4th yr Mechanical Engineering, IEM, UdelaR, 2016 - current
  • Manufacturng Processes of Metals Lecturer, responsible thesis/lab work - 4th yr Mechanical Engineering, IEM, UdelaR, 2016 - current

These courses include 30 hours destined to a research activity that could be lab work or a bibliographic review of a relevant topic, requiring a full report and a 15min presentation to the class and staff.

We developed an exercise that exemplifies the use of numerical simulations applied to materials science, through the experimental and numerical solution and experimental validation of a controlled heat treatment process: Jominy templability test.

The students work on numerical implementations of heat transfer processes applied to the metallurgical transformations they are learning in class, learn about experimental procedures and carry out the tests, measure hardness, cut, polish and have a chance of visualizing the results under the microscope. Teamwork is also required to assemble all the parts together and produce results and analysis that need to be reported both in paper as well as part of a series of seminars at the end of the course, where the students have to explain the study to all students and staff.

Jominy Test - IEM - www.b3consultants/Academics from b3 consultores | blas melissari on Vimeo.

Computer Science Courses - UM - Uruguay

  • Introduction to the Computational Environment - MATLAB Course Responsible - 1st yr All Engineering - Universidad de Montevideo - 2008 - current
  • Numerical Methods in Engineering Course Responsable - 2nd yr All Engineering - UM - 2010-2016

These courses were designed as 60hr workshops with a computer for each student and through the development of mechanical and thermal simulations, the students learn the required abilities: understand a physical system, implement a numerical scheme to solve it in space and/or time to study its behaviour, and finally validate it with published results.

This methodology allows the student to focus on the physical aspect of the problem and through the process of the simulation, learn about the numerical schemes and become proficient at programming.

The simulations are proposed with progressive complexity, commencing with a simple model of point-mass projectile motion, then adding air drag forces and study its impact on the system. Mass-spring systems are also used as a good exercise in mechanical modelling, validating our results with simple harmonic motion and transforming it into a 2D mass spring system, vibrations, wave displacement and energy dispersion phenomena.

A complete one-dimensional model of heat transfer under transient conditions is fully implemented by the students in MATLAB applying the Control Volume method, solidifying the concepts learned during both courses.

Specialized Courses for Engineers

  • Computer applications in Engineering, advanced engineering - UM 2010-11

Course designed for advanced engineering students and industry professionals, covering ANSYS and thermal tools to handle real down to earth engineering problems for their design and R&D projects.