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A Product Realization Exercise For Aerospace Engineering Students

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.38.1 - 3.38.6



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Fathi Finaish

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Session 1202

A Product Realization Exercise for Aerospace Engineering Students

Fathi Finaish

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics University of Missouri-Rolla Rolla, Missouri 65401

Abstract This paper describes a product realization exercise tailored for undergraduate aerospace engineering students. The project is a new component of a design course incorporated recently into the Aerospace Engineering curriculum at the University of Missouri-Rolla offered during the sophomore year. This component is designed to extend learning opportunities that apply the fundamentals of design along with hands-on experiences. The students are required to analyze and solve open-ended design problems, test and experiment with different concepts, and use engineering process skills such as teamwork and development of technical reports. An emphasis is placed on the connection between theory and design applications, comparisons of analytical work with test results, reporting, and working with peers. Details on this effort and organization of the developed material are given.

Introduction In recent years, there has been remarkable changes in methodologies by which aerospace companies develop their products. As a result, the length of the design/prototype/manufacture/market/support cycle has been reduced dramatically. As a consequence of these changes, engineers need considerable breadth to function well in this rapid product development cycle. This includes understanding the interplay between various engineering fields; understanding the relationship between design and market considerations; and being able to communicate well. Perhaps one may recapitulate the most attributes desired of an engineer by listing the following ten attributes affirmed recently by Boeing:

1. A good understanding of engineering science fundamentals. 2. A good understanding of design and manufacturing processes. 3. A multi-disciplinary, systems perspective. 4. A basic understanding of the context in which engineering is practiced, including economics, history, the environment, and customer and societal needs. 5. Good written, verbal, graphic, and listening communication skills. 6. High ethical standards. 7. Critical and creative thinking, both independently and cooperatively. 8. Ability and self confidence to adapt to rapid and major change. 9. Curiosity and the desire for lifelong learning. 10. Understanding and commitment of team work.

Finaish, F. (1998, June), A Product Realization Exercise For Aerospace Engineering Students Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7361

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