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A first year design experience based on SAE Aero Design contest to support ABET learning outcomes and engineering vocation in freshmen students

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2017 FYEE Conference


Daytona Beach, Florida

Publication Date

August 6, 2017

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August 6, 2017

End Date

August 8, 2017

Conference Session

Engineering Education Research - Focus on Engineering Design

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Diversity and FYEE Division - Paper Submission

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FELIX ORLANDO MARTINEZ-RIOS Universidad Panamericana Orcid 16x16

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BS Physics (1985) by Universidad de la Habana, Cuba, MS in Computer Science (2005) and PhD in Computer Science (2010) by Tecnológico de Monterrey, México. Top Management Program AD IPADE Business School, Mexico in 2010.
Head of Industrial Engineering from 1998 to 2000 and Head Information Technologies Engineering from 2000 to 2009 at Universidad Panamericana, Mexico city.
Dean of Engineering School at Universidad Panamericana from 2009 to 2016. Full time professor and researcher at Engineering School from 1997 to present.
Faculty Advisor for international student contests like ImagineCup by Microsoft and SAE Aerodesign from 2009 to present.

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This paper describes the experiences and results with first year students of different Engineering programs, who participate in the contest of SAE Aero design. ABET's learning outcomes related to solving engineering problems, applying mathematics, working in multidisciplinary teams and others are very difficult to work on in the courses of the first few years in classroom. This paper shows results of an experiment group of nineteen students who have participated in a learning experience outside the classroom based on design an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), none of these students have previous knowledge about aeronautical engineering or UAV construction, in addition they are from different engineering programs of Aeronautical Engineering. We also show the relation between the different subjects that compose the curricula of five engineering programs and its relation with the outcomes. We also show the academic results of students, the process of recruiting and selecting students for the team, approaching the problem to solve in SAE Aero design contest, assigning tasks, and team results in the last three year competitions that show their improvement and use this to promote the professional development of the first-year student.

MARTINEZ-RIOS, F. O. (2017, August), A first year design experience based on SAE Aero Design contest to support ABET learning outcomes and engineering vocation in freshmen students Paper presented at 2017 FYEE Conference, Daytona Beach, Florida.

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