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A Capstone Experience: Putting Students To The Task

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Mechanical ET Design & Capstone

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8.13.1 - 8.13.16



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Larry Williamson

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Randy Winzer

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Session 3648

A Capstone Experience: Putting Students to the Task

Dr. W. Larry Williamson, Mr. Randy Winzer

Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, Kansas


Pittsburg State University has been teaching a “Capstone” class involving all seniors majoring in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology since being accredited by TAC/ABET. (Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.) The class is a culmination of the knowledge the students have gained during their tenure at PSU. In 1996 the two professors in charge of the class decided to use the NASA sponsored human powered moon buggy competition ( as a common project for the students to accomplish the goals and objectives of this class. In 2002 some of the students from the Electronics Engineering Technology Program’s “Capstone” course decided to design and build a system to gather telemetry from a student built moon buggy.


Pittsburg State University in 2003 will celebrate 100 years of providing learning opportunities to students. Pittsburg is located in the southeastern corner of Kansas and is centrally positioned near larger cities such as Wichita, KS, Kansas City, MO and Tulsa, OK. The University was founded in 1903 as a Manual Training College to prepare teachers for the manual arts and trades, including homemaking. The fall 2002 enrollment for PSU was 6,700 students, including both undergraduate and graduate students. International enrollment for PSU is approximately 470 students representing 47 countries. Four colleges are located within the University, one of which is the College of Technology. The College of Technology has an enrollment of 1600 students in four major departments. They are Graphics and Imaging, Technology Studies, Technical Education, and Engineering Technology. The largest department within the College of Technology is the Department of Engineering Technology, which consists of the following technical areas: Proceedings of the 2003 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Williamson, L., & Winzer, R. (2003, June), A Capstone Experience: Putting Students To The Task Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12085

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