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Assessing ABET Student Outcome 5 (Teamwork) in BSME Capstone Design Projects

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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James A. Mynderse Lawrence Technological University Orcid 16x16

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James A. Mynderse, PhD is an Associate Professor in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical, Robotics, and Industrial Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. He serves as director for the BS in Robotics Engineering and MS in Mechatronic Systems Engineering programs. His research interests include mechatronics, dynamic systems, and control with applications to piezoelectric actuators, hysteresis, and perception. He serves as the faculty advisor for the LTU Baja SAE team.

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Andrew L. Gerhart Lawrence Technological University

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Andrew Gerhart, Ph.D. is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. He is actively involved in ASEE and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit. He serves as Faculty Advisor for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Student Chapter at LTU, director of the Interdisciplinary Design and Entrepreneurial Applications curriculum , a KEEN Leader, supervisor of the LTU Thermo-Fluids and Aerodynamics Laboratories, coordinator of the Certificate/Minor in Aeronautical Engineering, and faculty advisor of the LTU SAE Aero Design Team. Dr. Gerhart conducts workshops on active, collaborative, and problem-based learning, entrepreneurial mindset education, creative problem solving, and innovation. He is an author of a fluid mechanics textbook.

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Liping Liu Lawrence Technological University

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Liping Liu is an associate professor in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. Her research focuses on thermal sciences and energy systems, with special interest in addressing transport phenomena in energy processes. She is a member of ASEE, ASME, and SAE International.

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ABET’s Student Outcome 5 concerning teamwork is much more elaborate than the previous Student Outcome d, containing many sub-outcomes. While Student Outcome d focused more on individual student performance on a team and could be suitably assessed with peer evaluation, Student Outcome 5 focuses on the performance of the team as a whole as well as individual performance. As a result, an assessment tool that addresses each of the sub-outcomes has been created and implemented, allowing for greater distinction of strengths and weaknesses within a team. The tool includes both a student survey and instructor-assessed elements. The tool is being used in the capstone design course sequence, and the results from three semesters of implementation are reported and briefly discussed. Compared to the previous method of peer-evaluation alone, the new tool allows each sub-outcome to be measured and evaluated.

Mynderse, J. A., & Gerhart, A. L., & Liu, L. (2021, July), Assessing ABET Student Outcome 5 (Teamwork) in BSME Capstone Design Projects Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36702

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