Billy Koen

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Billy Koen

Billy V. Koen (born 1938) is professor emeritus, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin where he has taught for over 41 years. Koen is a nuclear engineer, author, and innovator in engineering methods and education.

Life, research, and selected publications[edit]

Billy Koen received his ScD (1968) and his MS (1962) in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a BA in Chemistry and BS in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin (1960 and 1961) and Diplôme d’Ingénieur en Génie Atomique from L’Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires, Saclay, France (1963). He was a consultant to the French Atomic Energy Commission (1971-1972 and 1976-1977). Billy Koen was a visiting professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (東京工業大学) (1994, 1998-1999, and 2001). He is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society. Koen has held numerous offices in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) including Vice-President for Public Affairs. Professor Koen is a Fellow of ASEE and he has received several awards including the Chester F. Carlson award for innovation, the W. Leighton Collin’s award for service to engineering education, and the Centennial Medallion.

In nuclear engineering and artificial intelligence (AI), he pioneered the use of has AI in solving complex reactor safety issues and has overseen the research of a large number of graduate students. Representative publications:

  • Hansen, K.F., Koen, B.V., Little, W.W., "Stable Numerical Solutions of the Reactor Kinetics Equations, "Nuc. Sci. & Eng., 22, 51-59 (1965).[1]
  • Koen, B.V., "Méthodes Nouvelles Pour L'Evaluation de la Fiabilité: Reconnaissance des Formes," Commissariat à L'Energie Atomique, Rapport CEA-4368, Juin, 1972, (English Translation: "New Methods for the Evaluation of Reliability: Pattern Recognition").[2]
  • Macdonald, J.L., Koen, B.V., "Application of Artificial Intelligence Techniques to Digital Computer Control of Nuclear Reactors," Nuc. Sci. & Eng., Vol. 56, No. 2, Feb. 1975, pp. 14251[3]

In 1969, Koen introduced to engineering education the self-paced Personalized System of Instruction (PSI or Keller Plan) as an alternative teaching method.[4] In 2000 he adapted it to a web-based class. Representative publications:

  • Koen, B.V., "Self-Paced Instruction for Engineering Students," Eng. Educ., Vol. 60, No. 7, March, 1970.[5]
  • Koen, Billy V., "Determining Unit Structure in a PSI Course," Event 1725, American Society for Engineering Education Annual Meeting, June 19–22, 1972.[6]
  • Koen, Billy V., Heger, A. Sharif, "Evaluation of an Introductory Self-Paced Nuclear Course - Twenty Two Years Later," Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, June 20–24, 1993.[7]
  • Koen, B.V., “Creation of a Sense of ‘Presence’ in a Web-Based Course: The Search for Mark Hopkins’ Log in a Digital World,” Invited Paper for Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Education on Web-Based Instruction, November, 2005, Vol. 48, No. 4, pp. 599-604.[8]

For over forty years, Koen created, developed, and taught to engineering and non-engineering students the Theory of Engineering Design in terms of heuristics. Representative publications:

Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hansen, K.F.; Koen, B.V.; Little, W.W., Jr. (May 1965). "Stable Numerical Solutions of the Reactor Kinetics Equations". Nuclear Science and Engineering. 22 (1): 51–59. 
  2. ^ Koen, B.V. (June 1972). Méthodes Nouvelles Pour L'Evaluation de la Fiabilité: Reconnaissance des Formes. Commissariat à L'Energie Atomique. OSTI 4625205. 
  3. ^ Macdonald, James L.; Koen, Billy V. (May 1975). "Application of Artificial Intelligence Techniques to Digital Computer Control of Nuclear Reactors". Nuclear Science and Engineering. 57 (1): 142–151. 
  4. ^ Akera, Atsushi (June 2014). "Billy Vaughn Koen and the Personalized System of Instruction in Engineering Education" (#9397). 121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. [dead link]
  5. ^ Koen, Billy V. (March 1970). "Self-paced Instruction for Engineering Students". Engineering Education. 60 (7): 735–736. 
  6. ^ Koen, Billy V. (March 1973). "Determining the Unit Structure in a PSI Course". Engineering Education. 63 (6): 432–434. Retrieved December 2014.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ Koen, Billy V.; Heger, A. Sharif (June 1993). "Evaluation of an Introductory Self-Paced Nuclear Course - Twenty Two Years Later". Transactions of the American Nuclear Society. 68, Part A: 21–22. 
  8. ^ Koen, Billy, V. (November 2005). "Creating a sense of "Presence" in a web-based PSI course: the search for Mark Hopkins' log in a digital world". IEEE Transactions on Education. 84 (4): 599–604. 
  9. ^ Holbrook, J. Britt; Mitcham, Carl (2015). Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource (2nd ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference. pp. 90–92. 
  10. ^ Koen, Billy V. (October 1984). "Toward a Definition of the Engineering Method". Proceedings of the ASEE-IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference: 544–549. 
  11. ^ Koen, Billy V. (1988). "Toward a Definition of the Engineering Method". European Journal of Engineering Education. 13 (3): 307–315. doi:10.1080/03043798808939429. 
  12. ^ Koen, Billy Vaughn (2009). "The Engineering Method and Its Implications for Scientific, Philosophical, and Universal Methods". The Monoist. 92 (3): 357–386. 
  13. ^ Koen, Billy V. "An Engineering Quest for Universal Method". Norms, Reasoning and Knowledge in Technology (Boxmeer, NL, June 2005). Section of Philosophy and Ethics of Technology, Technical University of Eindhoven. Retrieved December 2014.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ Koen, Billy (March 2003). Discussion of the Method: Conducting the Engineer's Approach to Problem Solving. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195155990. Retrieved December 2014.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. ^ Koen, Billy V. (2001). Heuristics for Internationally Distributed Collaboration Between Japan and the U.S. - A User's Manual. The University of Texas at Austin: Japan Industry and Management of Technology Program. 
  16. ^ Koen, Billy Vaughn (1985). El Método De Ingeniería. Universidad del Valle. ISBN 9589634249. 
  17. ^ Koen, Billy (1985). Definition of the Engineering Method. American Society for Engineering Education. ISBN 0-87823-101-3. 

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