Virtual Reality Engineering Education

Our team at Iowa State bested the field in the Data Analytics and Information Systems division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers’ (IISE) Mobile/Web App Competition. The contest recognizes “creativity and excellence among its members and motivate them to commercialize their research/learning outcomes to accelerate the economic and societal benefits.” In response to the adaptions made to learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, our team wanted to develop an online educational software to recreate the teaching laboratory experience through virtual reality (VR). Additionally, Qin and his team have been selected as a top-100 for the 2020 Create the Future Design ContestThe Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by Society of Manufacturing Engineers – Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has attracted more than 14,000 product design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs, and students worldwide.

For details, please contact Dr. Qin by email

Brett Galles (left), an Undergraduate Research Assistant (URA) in industrial engineering, works with Zach Ford, URA in industrial engineering, as he explores a virtual machine shop. A virtual reality (VR) rendering of a machine shop, similar to the learning lab classrooms that are part of the industrial engineering curriculum at Iowa State University.

Contact Information

Dr. Hantang Qin

Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering
3019 Black Engineering Building
College of Engineering

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation
215A ASC II, 1915 Scholl Road

Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

Phone: (515) 294-1248

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