Morgantown, West Virginia
March 27, 2020
March 27, 2020
May 20, 2020
The capstone course for the Engineering and Public Policy program at Carnegie Mellon University is a projects-based course where students work to structure and investigate a complex problem with both technical issues and policy implications. Students work in small interdisciplinary groups on sub-problems, with all work addressing the same larger problem. Recent topics have included agricultural sustainability, drone packaging delivery, and addressing lead exposure hazards. The course is supported by a Project Manager, a doctoral student in the EPP program, who themselves are in a course to practice project management skills. The course has been offered since 1970, and is celebrating 50 years and over 140 projects completed. We will discuss the course structure, and the experience of being a student in the course, and then a project manager. Students must adapt to a course with no regular assignments and numerical grades, prepare multiple drafts of presentations and reports, coordinate group efforts, and synchronize work product. Project managers are tasked with administrative responsibilities, coordinating group efforts, addressing personnel issues, and assuring that work is completed on time. Our goal is to show how capstone experience can be used as a learning tool for multiple students, and the paper will be presented by a past student and project manager for the course.
Matthews, D. H., & Cong, S. (2020, March), An Engineering Capstone Course From Multiple Perspectives Paper presented at 2020 ASEE North Central Section conference, Morgantown, West Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/35724
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