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A Practical Global Design Competition

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Develop Course / Materials / Topics for a Global Engineering Education

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International

Page Count

12

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14.87.1 - 14.87.12

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https://peer.asee.org/4817

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Lawrence Whitman Wichita State University

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Lawrence E. Whitman is the Director of Engineering Education for the College of Engineering and an Associate Professor of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering at Wichita State University. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oklahoma State University. His Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Arlington is in Industrial Engineering. He also has 10 years experience in the aerospace industry. His research interests are in enterprise engineering, engineering education and lean manufacturing.

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Zulma Toro-Ramos Wichita State University

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Zulma Toro-Ramos serves as Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Wichita State University. She received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and a M.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering in from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Toro-Ramos has been in academic administration for over sixteen years. Her research interests include engineering education, broadening the participation in higher education and transformation of institutions of higher education.

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Barbara Chaparro Wichita State University

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Barbara S. Chaparro has a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Texas Tech University and a B.S. in Psychology from University of Richmond, VA. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Software Usability Research Lab at Wichita State University. Her research interests include human-computer interaction, usability evaluation methods, and onscreen reading.

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Veronica Hinkle Wichita State University

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Veronica D. Hinkle has an M.A. in Anthropology. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology at Wichita State University. Her research interests include human-computer interaction, qualitative and quantitative methodology, and user-centered interface design.

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Colin Davidson Spirit Aerosystems

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Colin J Davidson is the Composite Insertion & Integration Design Manager for Spirit Europe, currently on secondment to Spirit Inc. based in Wichita Kansas. He received his BEng Degree from Glasgow Caledonian University and his HNC in Aeronautical Engineering from Ayr Technical College. He has 22 years experience in the aircraft industry. His research interests include Composites development, Media & Communication development and IT.

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Chris Wilkinson Spirit Aerosystems

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A PRACTICAL GLOBAL DESIGN COMPETITION

Abstract

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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