June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
26.13.1 - 26.13.18
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.
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