Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is the process of monitoring and assessing the state of health for aerospace, civil, and mechanical engineering infrastructure. SHM offers the opportunity to reduce inspection efforts and optimize maintenance and mission planning. SHM is a highly emerging field of technology. It brings together a variety of disciplines. To stimulate students’ desire for pursuing advanced study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and well prepare them for their future careers, STEM educators need to dedicate their efforts to educate the students with this emerging technology. SHM is a field that requires a significant amount of background knowledge to build upon. At Jackson State University (JSU), four course modules (Smart Materials, Data Acquisition Systems, Lamb Waves, and Wavelet Analysis) have been developed and integrated into an existing course to help undergraduate students gain practical experience and have a firm grasp on this emerging vital tool. After taking the class, several students were selected to participate in a research activity sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) at JSU. This paper describes the content covered in the modules as well as summarizes student perceptions of their learning and research experiences.

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