After serving as a Navy Nuclear Reactor Operator for 6 years aboard the nuclear powered submarine, the USS Asheville, a new path was paved into the power generation community. With the experience that was gained not only professionally but personally as well, it became possible to achieve anything attempted. The decision to come to school was a thoughtful one, which would allow for the skills learned in the military to flourish in an educational environment. Becoming a leader in the Clean Energy Senior Design allowed for the excelling of the program in a way that was never thought possible. By adhering to strict deadlines and turning in quality work, the project was completed on time, while meeting every customer requirement designated. The unparalleled managerial skills that were implemented in the senior design project, which are taught in the military, allowed for an overall project success.
Dr. Yan Tang is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Her current research in engineering education focuses on cognitive load theory, deliberate practice, and effective pedagogical practices. Her background is in dynamics and controls.
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