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Adaption and Evolution of a First-year Design Project Week Course – From Germany to the United States to Mongolia

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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International Division Technical Session 2

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26.154.1 - 26.154.13



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Rebecca Jo Pinkelman Technische Universität Darmstadt

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Rebecca J. Pinkelman graduated from Chadron State College with a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology in 2008. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2010 and 2014, respectively. She is currently a post-doctoral research scientist in the Mechanical and Process Engineering Department at the Technische Universität Darmstadt.

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Malte Awolin Center for Educational Development at Technische Universität Darmstadt

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Mr. Malte Awolin graduated as a social scientist from the University of Mannheim, Germany, in 2011. From 2011 until now he is part of the academic staff at the Center for Educational Development, Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt, Germany. Since 2012 he is a member in the project "Development of competencies through interdisciplinary integration from the very beginning" (German acronym KIVA) at TU Darmstadt.
In the sub-project KIVA V he is an educational consultant for different departments and supports the realization of interdisciplinary design projects for first-year students, especially in the engineering sciences (e.g., IGE). Before the courses he conducts a course where students are trained and supervised for their job as team advisor during the interdisciplinary design projects. Alongside the courses he investigates empirically how the support system could be designed more efficiently.

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Manfred J Hampe Technische Universität Darmstadt

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Manfred J. Hampe graduated from Technische Universität Clausthal in 1976 and
received his doctorate in engineering from Technische Universität München in
1980. He worked as a process engineer in the central research division of
Bayer AG in Leverkusen before he became full professor of Thermal Process
Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Technische
Universität Darmstadt in 1995. His research interests are in the field of
transport phenomena at fluid interfaces. He has been the chairman of the
Working Party on Education in Chemical and Process Engineering of the
VDI-Society for Chemical and Process Engineering and member of the European Working Party on Education in Chemical Engineering for many years. He is the vice-chairman of the council of the faculties of mechanical and process
engineering in Germany and chairman of 4ING, the German Council of
University Faculties in Engineering and Informatics. Between 2004 and 2013
he was one of the 19 German Bologna experts. He received the ars legendi
award 2013 of the Stifterverband and the German Rectors Conference.

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Adaption and evolution of a first year design project week course-From Germany to the United States to MongoliaFirst year design projects are needed to introduce students early in their studies to design work,prepare students for open-ended, real-life, complex problems seen in industry, and give studentsa positive perspective on their upcoming coursework during their degree program. Introductionto German Engineering (IGE) fulfills these purposes along with promoting interdisciplinarywork and professional skills, especially the development of team competencies integrated withinthe subject-related process of problem solving. It is a first or second year course taught tointroduce students to the German engineering design process and project work in groups. It wasdeveloped in 1998 at a German University (GX) Mechanical Engineering department incooperation with the group, Center of Didactics at GX. Through this collaboration, students arealso taught professional skills such as group management, team work skills, and communicationwithin the context and integration of problem solving. IGE was then expanded to an internationalexperience with two participating American universities, AX and AY. It has most recently beenadapted and taught at a Mongolian University, GX. This paper will discuss the major aspects ofthe course, in particular, the support system and method of instruction, the expansion of theoriginal course to an interdisciplinary, international course, adaptions of the course for GX,general success of the course in all of its forms, and future developments of the course.

Pinkelman, R. J., & Awolin, M., & Hampe, M. J. (2015, June), Adaption and Evolution of a First-year Design Project Week Course – From Germany to the United States to Mongolia Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23493

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