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Aerospace Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering (AerosPACE)AerosPACE is a University-Industry partnership with the vision of developing a capstoneengineering design course that motivates students to enter the aerospace profession and fills gapsin student competencies. Acknowledging that traditional undergraduate programs may not equipgraduates with some critical skills needed for the complex challenges of the 21st century(Graham, 2012), this paper presents the overall concept and architecture for a course wheremulti-university, multi-disciplinary teams of students collaborate with industry to tackle grandchallenges. The AerosPACE curriculum views learning as a social-technical process wherebyknowledge is co-constructed within a social network, mentored by peers, industry workplaceexperts, and professors through both face-to-face and a cyber-infrastructure. AerosPACEcourses are intended to be rigorous in accordance with high university standards.Engineering education must evolve and do so faster to advance from entrenched learning modelsto embrace technology capable of improving the learning environment and transforming theclassroom. The AerosPACE course is a new model of education that combines academia andindustry needs and experience (see figure). It is also a research project founded upon learningdata analytics. Analytics are set up to study how engineering students can learn and to measurestudent learning. A social networking platform integrated into a learning management system isused to evaluate student performance. Analytics are used to develop effective pedagogy forteaching students dispersed among multiple universities by professors and industry experts atmultiple locations. An important aspect of AerosPACE is to be an environment where studentscollaborate in a socio-technical environment leveraging leading edge implementations of multi-user MMORPG CAD-CAM tools.An example of the 2013-2014 AerosPACE project where three teams of students collaboratedwith Industry to each design, build, and fly a UAV capable of monitoring crop fields to improvecrop yield is presented. In this project teams were comprised of students from four Universitiesspread across three time zones. Students responded to a request for proposal containing a list ofrequirements and were responsible for conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design whichincluded prototype tests and flight demonstration. Teams were responsible for aerodynamics,propulsion, structures, controls, materials, assembly manufacturing, and testing. Students wereinstructed and mentored by subject matter experts from academia and industry. An industry-academia advisory board was assembled to guide each teams design.The objective of AerosPACE is to grow to include more US and foreign universities, multipleengineering majors, and non-engineering majors. To accomplish this, risks and challenges tothis new learning paradigm are identified and discussed.
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