Breeden Grant – 2022 Abstracts


Instructional Videos for Enhancing Structures Education for Building Science and Architecture Students
April Simons (McWhorter School of Building Science)
The PI seeks to create instructional videos and enhance in-person instruction using learning aids, specifically for the topic of “Trusses” in the Structures of Buildings 1 course. Approximately 550 students take this course per year and enrollment is mixed between Architecture and Building Science students. The videos could also be used for other programs across campus or even those beyond campus if the videos are published online. The PI seeks funding to purchase physical models to use for recording supplemental videos and for student use for hands-on learning in the classroom.

Student Learning through Hands-On Haptics
Chad Rose, Scott Martin and David Bevly (Mechanical Engineering)
This project seeks to create hands-on controls and robotics coursework to improve the quality of dynamic systems and controls courses offered in the department of mechanical engineering, and to serve as a step towards interdisciplinary work for mechanical engineers in the areas of extended reality (XR), haptics, and human-robot interaction. Specifically, this project will support the creation of hardware for initial implementation in MECH 3140, System Dynamics, which will aid in the presentation of principles of haptic environments and dynamic systems (springs, dampers, inertias).

Participatory Philanthropy and Service Learning
Felicia Tuggle (Sociology), Kelly Krawczyk (Political Science), Peter Weber (Consumer and Design Sciences)
This grant supports the purchase and use of the Foundation Directory Online (FDO) database of over 100,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, grantmaking public charities, and sponsoring companies. Students and faculty will use the FDO database to conduct research on the giving priorities, trends, and geographic distribution of foundations that support sustainable development, protect civic space, and build capacity of community serving organizations. Research will be used to (1) map current funding, (2) compare existing funding priorities, trends, and distribution with actual community needs, and (3) develop recommendations for foundation program officers to help them become more responsive to community needs.
Enhancing student knowledge of poultry house electronics through development of Interactive Poultry House Environment Simulators (IPES)
John Linhoss, Jesse Campbell and Jeremiah Davis (Natural Poultry Technology Center & Biosystems Engineering), William Batchelor and Yin Bao (Biosystems Engineering), Jessica Starkey and Charles Starkey (Poultry Science)
Commercial poultry production is the largest agricultural industry in Alabama employing over 86,000 people and providing an economic impact of $15.1 billion to the state. Students from the Biosystems Engineering, Biological and Agricultural Technology Management, and Poultry Science degree programs routinely begin technical careers in poultry production. Poultry companies have recently stressed that for students to be competitive in the current job market, they must be able to navigate electronic control systems used to regulate the internal environment of commercial poultry houses. The goal of this project is to develop interactive, hands-on poultry house simulators that teach students how to program and troubleshoot common electronic controllers.
Incorporation of crash carts into acute care pharmacy education
Sarah Cogle and Amber Hutchison (Clinical Pharmacy Practice)
Pharmacists are expected to practice in collaborative healthcare teams, including responding to emergency situations in hospitals. The pharmacist’s role in this setting is to ensure the appropriate, timely, and safe provision of medications from a cart stocked with medications and supplies to treat cardiac arrest situations, or a “crash cart”. This proposal seeks funds to purchase two crash cart simulation kits for use in two acute care elective courses and two required laboratory courses in the PharmD curriculum. Integration of the crash carts into these courses will allow students to receive hands-on training to better prepare for high-stress, clinical environments.
All AUBoard – The modular and student-safe teaching tool for hands-on advanced circuit learning
Spencer Millican and SueAnne Griffith (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
A simple truth makes advanced circuit use and development education difficult: students break things. Accidents result in costly and time-consuming repairs, and the emotional impact on students can be significant. Instructors instead may rely on simulations, but such methods are detrimental compared to hands-on learning. We propose the creation of a new circuit learning board for the university which cannot be broken by students and may be easily expanded for use among classes both inside and outside of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. The result can be a nationwide education standard centered around the university.
Creation of a Hands-On Model for Cyber-Physical System Security Education
SueAnne Griffith (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

The PI proposes the creation of a small-scale physical model of the hardware, control devices, and network fora traffic light and crosswalk; this model will be designed and implemented by the PI and a team of student researchers. As cyberattacks against traffic systems are a well-documented concern, this model will allow students in the PI’s cybersecurity laboratory and those enrolled in classes on cybersecurity to expand beyond the usual methodology of using simulated systems and instead allow for amore impactful hands-on learning experience with a model representative of and relevant to real-world security threats.
Preparation of a textbook for Introduction to Real Analysis
Theodore Kilgore and Michel Smith (Mathematics and Statistics)

The project is to produce a textbook for the Introduction to Real Analysis course sequence at Auburn University. The text should be freely available at no charge to our students and to others, for download as a PDF file. Real analysis plays a central role in the upper-division curriculum in mathematics and also in secondary mathematics education.

Last modified: December 14, 2021