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Arab Idols: Multidisciplinary Mentoring Panel Critiques Design Team Performance

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Engineering Division Poster Session

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

Page Count

17

Page Numbers

24.192.1 - 24.192.17

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https://peer.asee.org/20083

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28

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Suzanne W. Scott The Petroleum Institute

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Dr. Suzanne W. Scott is an Assistant Professor of Communication in the STEPS Program (Strategies for Team-Based Engineering Problem Solving) at The Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. She is a former Coordinator of the EPICS (Engineering Practices Introductory Course Sequence) Program at the Colorado School of Mines under the directorship of Dr. Robert Knecht. Her research interests and publications focus on engineering design education in the Middle East and the US, intercultural communication, multidisciplinary education, and educating engineers for global practice.

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Jamal Sheikh-Ahmad The Petroleum Institute

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Dr. Ahmad has earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from NC State University in 1993. Since then he has held faculty positions in mechanical and manufacturing engineering. His teaching and research interests are in engineering design education and manufacturing.

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Jaby Mohammed Petroleum Institute

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Jaby Mohammed is a faculty at The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville (2006), masters in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville (2003) and also a master’s in business administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University (2001). His research interests include advanced manufacturing, design methodologies, six sigma, lean manufacturing, and engineering education. He previously taught at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, IN and at Morehead State University, KY. He is a member of IIE, SME, ASQ, ASEE, and Informs.

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Samuel N. Cubero Jr. The Petroleum Institute

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Dr Sam Cubero graduated with an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, in 1993. He continued his studies in the areas of robotics / mechatronics engineering at the University of Southern Queensland, and completed his Ph.D in Mechatronic Engineering in 1998. He is an expert in the design, manufacture and control programming of robotic manipulators, mobile robots (UAVs, ROVs, UUVs, field robots), industrial automation equipment and embedded systems (microcontrollers, digital electronics and mobile / wireless data communication systems). From 1998 to 2007, he worked as a lecturer and researcher at Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia, and was responsible for designing and developing new courses, lectures and lab activities for 4 new and highly practical engineering subjects (which are still running there today), covering topics such as CAD / Engineering Graphics (2D & 3D AutoCAD and Inventor), Automation (PLC programming, pneumatic circuit design, robotics), Microcontrollers (chip programming, mobile robotics, controlling actuators, using sensors), Mechanical Design (design projects, load and failure analysis, manufacturing) and Software (computer simulation, Windows programming, serial and wireless communications). From 2007 to 2010, Dr Sam Cubero worked at the University of Southern Queensland, teaching subjects such as mechatronics, robotics and machine vision, PBL design projects, stress analysis (solid mechanics), engineering graphics, and supervising final year engineering projects. In 2010, Dr Sam Cubero moved to Abu Dhabi UAE (United Arab Emirates) and currently works there as an Assistant Professor in the General Studies Department, Arts and Sciences Program. He has lectured in areas such as engineering design, 3D solid modelling (using SolidWorks), Statics (load analysis), Manufacturing (workshop processes) and Robotics (robot arm kinematics and control). Currently, his main interests are in the areas of product development, 3D simulation, game programming and 'Edutainment' (Game development for Education). Dr Sam Cubero is currently a member of the IEEE and is an active participant in the Robotics & Automation Society (RAS), UAE chapter, helping to advance and promote the robotics profession and engineering by organizing events, seminars and competitions in the UAE. You can view his CV and videos and photos of many of his research projects at: www.samcubero.com (Click on 'Example Projects')

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Khalid Abdalla Alhammadi The Petroleum Institute

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Dr. Khalid Alhammadi is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of Alumni Relations and Continuing Education at the Petroleum Institute of Abu Dhabi. Dr. Alhammadi teaches design courses in addition to instrumentations and system control engineering. His research interests include oil pipe surface inspection and monitoring, robotics and nonlinear system control.

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Abstract

Arab Idols: Multidisciplinary Mentoring Panel Critiques Design Team PerformanceThe multidisciplinary engineering design course described in this paper was conceived to givestudents the opportunity to practice both discipline specific and inter-disciplinary collaborativetasks in the solution of a design problem requiring diverse skills. The authors recommend aneducational model that provides ongoing weekly panel reviews between multidisciplinarystudent teams engaged in a design project and a multidisciplinary mentoring panel. The formatdeveloped as the principal investigators/mentors realized they were able to provide teams diverselive feedback from the different perspectives of their disciplines. In a format resemblinginteractive reality talent shows the faculty panel critiqued the “performances” of the designteams’ progress on a weekly basis. The format not only provided critical project technicalguidance and project tracking but had the added bonus of enhancing the students’ soft skillsthrough weekly presentations.The course combined second-year mechanical and electrical majors on 15 teams whose semesterproject, Mobile Vehicle for Hazardous Waste Cleanup, was chosen for its multidisciplinarycomponents requiring both parallel and integrated efforts on the part of the students. Thementoring panel was comprised of 3 technical faculty (2 Mechanical, 1 Electrical) and 1Communications faculty, each offering different views and recommendations to the teams.Students were surveyed about their satisfaction with the course and project. They acknowledgedseveral dynamics that evolved from the multidisciplinary format as positive:  A cumulative effect of multidisciplinary information gathering  Eye-opening preparation for future work with other disciplines (learning what other disciplines do, how they approach problems differently)  The unexpected acquisition of skills in the “other” disciplines  Enhancement of soft skills through multidisciplinary interpersonal socializationThe students acknowledged the following challenges:  Lack of understanding of the other disciplines (jargon, technical skills)  Difficulty of combining the multidisciplinary subsystems of the project into their designMultidisciplinary mentors acknowledged the experience as positive:  A fuller understanding of team progress through the different perspectives of other instructors  Enlargement of the capacity to offer solutions to teams that are “stuck”  Unexpected crossover of technical and soft skill advice (mechanical instructors directing presentation posture, communications instructor suggesting a design alternative)  Unique and exceptional professional opportunity to pursue a common goal with multidisciplinary colleaguesThe “Arab Idol” format proved that such recognizable venues not only cross cultures but inspirenew frameworks for multidisciplinary engineering design as well.

Scott, S. W., & Sheikh-Ahmad, J., & Mohammed, J., & Cubero, S. N., & Alhammadi, K. A. (2014, June), Arab Idols: Multidisciplinary Mentoring Panel Critiques Design Team Performance Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20083

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