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A Novel Approach in Teaching STEM Subjects through Cross-departmental Collaboration in Capstone Courses

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Design Across Disciplines

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

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25.82.1 - 25.82.10



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Iem H. Heng New York City College of Technology

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Iem Heng earned his bachelor’s degree from Providence College (Providence, R.I.) with double majors in the pre-engineering program and mathematics. In addition, he earned another bachelor’s degree from Columbia University (New York, N.Y.) in mechanical engineering, master’s in applied mathematics from Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Mich.), and his Ph.D. in computational and applied mathematics from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.). Before joining the EMT/CET Department at City Tech in fall of 2007, he was a faculty member and Chair of the CET department at DeVry Institute of Technology (Long Island City, N.Y.). He worked as a researcher for NASA - Langley Base in Hampton, Va., for two years. His research activities include embedded systems, software development for embedded systems with real time simulation, real time gaming simulation programming, and web application programming.

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Andy Zhang New York City College of Technology

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Andy S. Zhang earned his master's in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York in 1987 and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1995. Zhang’s research area includes materials testing, product design and prototyping, CAD/CAE, and mechatronics.

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Farrukh Zia New York City College of Technology

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The Interconnection of Cross-Departmental Collaboration in Capstone Course Plays a Vital Role in STEM EducationAbstract:In today’s higher education, instructional/information technology in the classroom andlaboratory plays a vital role in hands-on cross-disciplinary activities and demonstration for studentsto learn the interconnection of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)concepts. To implement those activities, the capstone courses present an ideal opportunity forcross-departmental collaboration. The hands-on design project for the capstone coursesintroduces robotic projects in relation to the interconnection of STEM concepts. This type ofproject, which has been seen very effective in engaging students, is used in many areas oftechnical courses as hands-on activities and demonstration, in addition to laboratory work.Additionally, the focus of robotic project is on hardware/software interface and communication,electrical circuits, and mechanisms which reflect actually engineering activities in the company.And these areas provide the tight integration of many STEM concepts and activities for capstonecourse. In general, the capstone course is a parent course that has inherited the knowledge ofmany feeder (pre-requisite) courses, and is usually offered in the last or second to last semesterof the senior term.This collaborative research work among the faculty members in the Mechanical EngineeringTechnology and Computer Engineering Technology departments is funded by the NationalScience Foundation Advanced Technology Education Division (NSF ATE) recently awarded toNew York City College of Technology.

Heng, I. H., & Zhang, A., & Zia, F. (2012, June), A Novel Approach in Teaching STEM Subjects through Cross-departmental Collaboration in Capstone Courses Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20842

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