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An Undergraduate Capstone Design Experience Utilizing Student Engineer Student Manager Teams

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Conference

2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Capstone Design II

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

Page Count

14

Page Numbers

11.210.1 - 11.210.14

DOI

10.18260/1-2--864

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https://peer.asee.org/864

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38

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Kenneth Soda U.S. Air Force Academy

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KENNETH J. SODA. Dr. Soda is the first permanent civilian faculty member of the USAF Academy’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, appointed in 1993. His areas of interest include electronics, circuit and very large integrated circuit design. He holds an advanced degree from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Soda is the recipient of the Tau Beta Pi Teacher of the Year Award (Colorado Zeta Chapter) and the USAF Academy Outstanding Educator Award.

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Gregory Toussaint U.S. Air Force Academy

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Albert Batten U.S. Air Force Academy

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ALBERT BATTEN. Dr Batten has earned degrees from Colorado State University (BS - Mathematics and PhD - Electrical Engineering) and the University of Denver (MS - Electrical Engineering). He has served on the faculty of the US Air Force Academy for fifteen years, eleven in Electrical and Computer Engineering and four in Physics. He was Professor of Electrical Engineering at Colorado Technical University for eight years between assignments at the Air Force Academy. Dr Batten is a former officer of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division of ASEE.

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An Undergraduate Capstone Design Experience Utilizing Student Engineer – Student Manager Teams

Abstract

The capstone design experience is widely accepted as an essential element of contemporary engineering education. With the encouragement of the ABET and in recognition of their innate value, many undergraduate institutions have more recently established interdisciplinary capstone design experiences. Design experiences involving students of differing engineering disciplines offer the possibility of more complex, meaningful projects and introduce traditional engineering students to the terminology and technology of related disciplines. At the same time, the value of undergraduates trained in the Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Management disciplines has been realized both by industry and the Department of Defense. While capstone design experiences which involve interaction among students schooled in different engineering and engineering technology disciplines are becoming more common, those which also include students trained in Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Management are less common. A design experience in which student engineers and student managers must cooperate to plan, design, fabricate, test and report on their designs can be extremely enlightening for all involved and very closely mimics “real world” design experiences. We describe here our first year’s experience with combined student engineer-manager capstone design teams. We compare the experiences and impressions of both engineering and management students who worked on these interdisciplinary teams with students who had no management trained students involved in their design experiences. The impressions and experiences of faculty project mentors are included as well. Finally, we note some of the challenges encountered by faculty in the organization and management of this design experience. The evidence will show that while this arrangement has its difficulties, the quality of the design experience has been enhanced in significant ways.

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The capstone design experience is widely accepted as an essential element of contemporary engineering education. With the encouragement of the ABET and in recognition of their innate value, many undergraduate institutions have more recently established interdisciplinary capstone design experiences. Design experiences involving students of differing engineering disciplines offer the possibility of more complex, meaningful projects and introduce traditional engineering students to the terminology and technology of related disciplines. The experiences also permit students to build teamwork skills in preparation for professional practice. At the same time, the value of undergraduates trained in the Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Management disciplines has been realized both by industry and in particular by the Department of Defensei. While capstone design experiences which involve interaction among students schooled in different engineering and engineering technology disciplines are becoming more common, those which also include students

Soda, K., & Toussaint, G., & Batten, A. (2006, June), An Undergraduate Capstone Design Experience Utilizing Student Engineer Student Manager Teams Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--864

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