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Directories

Directories

Dr. Bethany S. Fralick
Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Penland 237K
Engineering
(803) 641-3459

Additional Information

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Courses Taught

Fall 
ENCP 200 Statics
ENCP 371 Engineering Materials
ENCP 498 Capstone Design I

Spring 
ELCT 221 Circuits
ENCP 310 Dynamics
ENCP 377 Manufacturing Processes
ENCP 499 Capstone Design II


Education

2013 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina
Dissertation: Three-dimensional evolution of mechanical percolation in nanocomposites with random microstructures
Advisor: Dr. Sarah C. Baxter

2009-2010 Purdue University, School of Engineering Education
Emphasis: Engineering design as hands on experiences; cognitive flexibility; how engineering is best taught, learned, and practiced.

2009 M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina
Thesis: An investigation of mechanical engineering experimental design processes
Advisor: Dr. Jed S. Lyons

2007 B.S., Engineering Management, Manufacturing Specialty, Miami University


Professional Memberships

American Society of Engineering Education

Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers


Research Experiences

University of South Carolina

2011-2013 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering
NSF Funded Research
Micromechanics computer modeling focusing on nanocomposites mechanical percolation. Developed computer code and compiled data to draw significant conclusions with regards to low volume fraction nanocomposites.
2007-2008 Researcher/Data Analyst, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Compiled and analyzed data from K-12 student’s perceptions of scientists and engineers. Presented findings at the 2008 American Society of Engineering Education Conference.
2008 Graduate Research Assistant/Participant, College of Education and Department of Mechanical Engineering, NSF-Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering Project. Investigated the research and teaching skill development of graduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Interviewed professors and students and compiled data from GK-12 students
2007 Participant Observer, Department of Mechanical Engineering
NSF-Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) Project, USC
Observed lecture and laboratory classes for cues and keywords from student interactions with peers and professor. Interviewed and conducted focus groups with students.

Purdue University

2009-2010 Graduate Research Assistant, School of Engineering Education, NSF Funded Research
Constructed, validated, and implemented interview protocols with regards to design thinking and how students, professors, and industry persons learn, retain, and apply knowledge.

Teaching Experiences

University of South Carolina

Fall 2013 Instructor, Thermodynamics I, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Introduced thermodynamic concepts through lecture, assessment, and active learning experiences for a class of 30 second year students. Held office hours, graded all assessments, and provided external help for students.
Sp 2012 Instructor, Manufacturing Processes, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Introduced manufacturing process understanding by creating lectures, assessments, and out of classroom experiences for a class of 44 fourth year students. Held office hours, graded all assessments, and provided review sessions for students.
Fall 2012 Guest Lecturer, Manufacturing Processes, University of South Carolina
Helped present three lecture topics through lecture and video demonstration.
2008-2009 Fellow, University of South Carolina and Blythewood Middle School
NSF-Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education
Enriched sixth grade students’ learning of STEM concepts and applications though content knowledge. Created and presented unit based lessons with hands on activities two days a week to four classes. Focused on inquiry and student guided interaction.

University of South Carolina Upstate

Fall 2013 Instructor, Introduction to Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences
Introduced engineering, professional concepts, ethics, and responsibility for the first offering of this course. Developed the syllabus and all assessments and projects. Prepared students for success through the integration of the important technical skills through group work and an active learning approach for a class of 24 students.

Miami University

2005-2007 Teaching Assistant, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Graded homework for two professors over the two academic years. Courses included Statics and Manufacturing Processes.

Professional Presentations

"The Evolution of Mechanical Percolation in Nanocomposite with random periodic microstructures" Bethany S. Fralick & Sarah C. Baxter, Mechanics of Nano, Micro and Macro Composite Structures, Politecnico di Torino, 18-20 June 2012.

"Student Attitudes Towards Designing Experiments" Bethany S. Fralick & Jed S. Lyons, American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, 20-23 June 2010.

"How Middle Schoolers Draw Engineers and Scientists" Bethany S. Fralick & Jed S. Lyons, American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, 22-25 June 2008.


Publications

Baxter, S. C., Burrows, B. J., & Fralick, B. S. (2015). Mechanical percolation in nanocomposites: Microstructure and micromechanics. Accepted for publication.  Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics.

Bourn, R, Fralick, B.S., & Baxter, S.C. (2013).  Distributions of Elastic Moduli in mechanically percolating composites.  Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, 34, 67-72.

Fralick, B. S. (2013). Three-dimensional evolution of mechanical percolation in nanocomposites with random microstructures. Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. (Paper 2230)

Bourn, R, Fralick, B.S., & Baxter, S.C. (2013).  Distributions of elastic moduli in mechanically percolating composites. Prob. Eng. Mech., 34, 67-72.

Fralick, B.S., Gatzke, E.P., & Baxter, S.C. (2012). Three-dimensional evolution of mechanical percolation in nanocomposites with random microstructures. Prob. Eng. Mech., 30, 1-8.

Adams, R., & Fralick, B. (2010). Work in Progress: Identifying Student Conceptions of Design Using a 6 Most and Least Important Assessment Tool. Paper presented at the ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Washington, D.C.

Fralick, B., & Lyons, J. (2010). Student Attitudes Towards Designing Experiments. Paper presented at the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.

Fralick, B., Kearn, J., Thompson, S., & Lyons, J. (2009). How Middle Schoolers Draw Engineers and Scientists. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 18(1), 60-73.

Fralick, B. S. (2009). An Investigation of Mechanical Engineering Experimental Design. M.S., University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. (AAT 1467345)

Lyons, J., Fralick, B., & Kearn, J. (2009). A Survey of Middle-School Students' Attitudes Toward Engineers and Scientists. Paper presented at the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference, Austin, TX.