June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
14.87.1 - 14.87.12
A PRACTICAL GLOBAL DESIGN COMPETITION
The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has made clear the need for engineering graduates to function on global, multi-disciplinary teams. Industry has also made it clear that global, integrated product and process teams are the current and emerging normal manner of business. To satisfy industry’s need and ABET requirements, Wichita State University has initiated the Spirit Global Design Challenge. Often, these two requirements (teaming and global) are considered independently. One of the key components of the Spirit Global Design Challenge is to integrate multi-disciplinary teaming in a global environment. Eight students from two institutions (four from each institution) on each side of the Atlantic participated in the challenge in the Fall of 2008. Each student, faculty and industry person involved completed a survey concerning their global perceptions. The survey was completed prior to the experience and after completion of the experience. Producing global engineering graduates is a strategic goal of our college which has launched a strategic initiative, the ‘Engineer of 2020,’ in order to prepare graduates for effective engagement in the engineering profession in the year 2020. Both global and multidisciplinary criteria are now part of a program required for all engineering students beginning with the Fall 2007 class. This program will make the educational experience more meaningful to the student and the student more desirable to local, national and international industries. This paper describes the motivation for the Spirit Global Design Challenge, its linkage to ABET outcomes, defines global learning and how it integrates into the Engineer of 2020 program, and provides pilot implementation lessons learned and the initial assessment of students’ global perceptions (pre and post global design experience). The paper then concludes with plans for the next implementation.
I. Introduction and Motivation
Industry has made clear the need to graduate engineers with more than just technical skills. A key component for today’s graduate is the ability to thrive in a globally collaborative workplace. Engineers must work with global colleagues in both face-to-face and computer mediated environments. Efforts to assess virtual team projects have been performed.1 This paper describes the Spirit AeroSystems Global Design Challenge (SGDC) which is an effort to integrate design and global communication. The effort is motivated by Wichita State University’s goal to broaden engineering graduates, and by Industry’s demand for well rounded graduates, as well as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) criteria for accrediting engineering programs.
The GDC is a collaboration among Spirit AeroSystems and two university partners. In 2008, the university partners were Wichita State University (WSU) and the University of Manchester (UM). Spirit AeroSystems is the largest tier 1 supplier in the aerospace industry, providing aero structures and systems. Spirit has worldwide facilities in Wichita, KS; Tulsa, Oklahoma; McAlester, Oklahoma; Prestwick, Scotland; Samlesbury, UK; and joint ventures in Moscow, Russia; Malaysia; and China. The 2008 Challenge involved students and faculty from the two universities and practicing engineers from two Spirit AeroSystems sites. The participants were
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