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20 Years of Multidisciplinary Capstone Projects: Design, Implementation, and Assessment

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Capstone and Collaborative Projects

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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26.13.1 - 26.13.18



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Jessica Macklin University of Maryland, College Park

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Jessica Macklin is the Program Coordinator for the QUEST Honors Program. Jessica received her BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and her MA in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining QUEST, Jessica was the Graduate Assistant in Columbia University’s Office of Student Engagement.

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Kylie Goodell King University of Maryland, College Park

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Kylie King is Program Director of the Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Honors Program. She has worked with the program since 2010 and currently teaches courses on defining and completing innovation and consulting projects. She is also involved in QUEST’s learning outcomes assessment process. Kylie has a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from North Carolina State University and a M.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics at Maryland.

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20 Years of Multidisciplinary Capstone Projects: Design, Implementation and AssessmentAbstract:The multidisciplinary (Program Name) Honors Program at the (University Name) culminateswith a capstone design course in which academically diverse teams of students work on industry-sponsored projects related to quality management, process improvement, and system design. Forthe past 20 years, this course has provided simultaneous benefit to students, industry sponsors,and the (University Name). Students learn about quality management tools, data analysistechniques, effective communication, project management, business etiquette, andmultidisciplinary teamwork while providing solutions to corporate partners. Industry sponsorsreceive well-documented, justifiable, and actionable solutions to organizational challenges andhave the opportunity to interact with and hire some of the top students at the (University Name).The (University Name) is able to promote this program to both high-achieving high schoolstudents and prospective industry partners, which enhances its admitted student profile anddevelopment efforts. This paper will review the history and current state of (Program Name) anddescribe the processes for defining multidisciplinary project scopes. Course deliverables will beoutlined, including interim and final reports and final presentations at both the client site and aconference that students, alumni, current and prospective industry sponsors, faculty, staff, andfamilies attend. The paper will include case studies of past projects and descriptive statisticalinformation based on survey data from former (Program Name) students and industry sponsors.It will provide information about how elements of this course may be replicated at otherinstitutions and suggestions for incorporating multidisciplinary teamwork into capstone designcourses.

Macklin, J., & King, K. G. (2015, June), 20 Years of Multidisciplinary Capstone Projects: Design, Implementation, and Assessment Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23352

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