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Achieving Capstone Design Objectives During Necessitated COVID-19 Online Teaching

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Impact of COVID-19 on Design Education 2

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Design in Engineering Education

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Mohamed E. El-Sayed Eastern Michigan University

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Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed, P.E., Professor and former Director, School of Engineering Technology at Eastern Michigan University. For over twenty years, he had served as a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Vehicle Integration & Durability Laboratory at Kettering University, in Michigan, United States. He is a well-recognized technical leader in vehicle integration, vehicle development, optimization, and validation. He is the SAE international Medal of honor recipient for 2019. He is SAE and ASME Fellow as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars-Mechanical Systems, Editor-in-Chief of the SAE International Journal of Advances and Current Practices in Mobility, the founder and previous Editor-in-Chief of the SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing, and the Inaugural Chair of the SAE Journals’ Editorial Board.
Dr. El-Sayed is a member of the editorial boards of numerous other technical journals. He has served as board member, an advisor, and a consultant to several organizations. Through his research, teaching, and industrial practice he made important original contributions to advance the state of the art in product development, vehicle integration, design optimization, lean design, integrated design and manufacturing, and theoretical and applied mechanics,
Dr. El-Sayed has over thirty years of industrial, teaching, and research experience, several patents granted, and over a hundred publications in his fields of expertise. He is an award-winning educator, especially in the areas of engineering capstone project courses and online education. Through his teaching and advising he has contributed to the education of hundreds of engineers now engaged in the field of automotive engineering and product development. He is an ABET Commissioner, Team Chair (TC), Program Evaluator (PEV), and IDEAL Scholar.
Dr. El-Sayed has also worked as a chief engineer, director of engineering, lead engineer, and subject matter expert in the automotive industry. At General Motors, he led the quality, durability, and reliability integration, development, and validation of several vehicles, platforms, and architectures.

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Jacqueline A. El-Sayed American Society for Engineering Education

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Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed is the Chief Academic Officer for the American Society for Engineering Education. She has leadership experience with the entire pipeline of engineering education and most recently served as the Chief Academic Officer & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marygrove College. She is a professor emerita of mechanical engineering and served on the faculty at Kettering University for 18 years, eventually earning the position of Associate Provost. In addition to her work in academia she has served in industry and government. She is a four-time gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Truck Safety Commission and, as commissioner, served as chair for two terms. She also chaired the Driver's Education Advisory Committee and the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Committee for the Michigan Department of State—work that resulted in new legislation for Michigan. She began her career as an engineer for General Motors Truck Group and has been nationally recognized in higher education as both an American Council on Education Fellow and a New Leadership Academy Fellow. Currently Dr. El-Sayed serves on the Board of WEPAN and on the on the Advancement Committee for the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). She is married and has three adult children.

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A capstone course is usually the peak experience for students in most engineering education programs. In addition to any specific learning objectives, capstone courses provide students with the finishing touches needed for fielded practice, the opportunity to boost their confidence, and the platform to demonstrate the attainment of the program student outcomes. Depending on the program and discipline, engineering capstone courses usually take the form of open-ended design projects that integrate and synthesize what students have learned through the academic program in team setting experience. As defined by ABET, “Engineering design is a process of devising a system, component, or process to meet desired needs and specifications within constraints. It is an iterative, creative, decision-making process in which the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences are applied to convert resources into solutions. Engineering design involves identifying opportunities, developing requirements, performing analysis and synthesis, generating multiple solutions, evaluating solutions against requirements, considering risks, and making trade- offs, for the purpose of obtaining a high-quality solution under the given circumstances.” Considering the ABET engineering design definition and the importance of capstone courses to engineering programs and accreditation, this paper discusses the achievement of the learning objectives of capstone design courses through the online teaching format necessitated by the circumstances associated with COVID-19. To successfully achieve the capstone design experience objectives and outcomes through online teaching, the engineering design process and the role of design as an engineering activity will be studied. The virtual nature of design activity and outcomes will be demonstrated. To illustrate the applicability and implementation of the derived concepts some examples of engineering capstone courses will be presented.

El-Sayed, M. E., & El-Sayed, J. A. (2021, July), Achieving Capstone Design Objectives During Necessitated COVID-19 Online Teaching Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36639

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