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Assessing Interactions Among Students Geographically Dispersed During Multinational Design Projects

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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

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

International Division Technical Session 7

Tagged Division

International

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

24.202.1 - 24.202.12

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https://peer.asee.org/20093

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39

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Ivan E. Esparragoza Pennsylvania State University, Media

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Ivan E. Esparragoza is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Penn State. His interests are in engineering design education, innovative design, global design, and global engineering education. He has introduced multinational design projects in a freshman introductory engineering design course in collaboration with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean as part of his effort to contribute to the formation of world class engineers for the Americas. He is actively involved in the International Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and in the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institution (LACCEI) as Vice-President for Meetings and in the International Federation of Engineering education Societies (IFEES) as VP for the Americas and First VP.

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Sheila Katherine Lascano Farak Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

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Sheila Lascano is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Santiago, Chile. Her research interests are in Biomaterials and Design. She is currently working in a Project to assess global competencies in multinational collaborative design projects.

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Jared Roberto Ocampo Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana

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Jared R. Ocampo is currently a researcher of the Faculty of Engineering at Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (UNITEC) campus of San Pedro Sula and previously worked as Academic Head of Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering Coordinator and as an undergraduate and graduate professor. He also works as a private consultant in the areas of industrial automation and industrial process simulation. Because of his experience with software and hardware he also works as a representative for Flexsim Simulation Software and National Instruments.

He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MS also in
Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University (USA) and is currently
working on his dissertation to complete his PhD in Technology Management at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain).

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Roberto Viganò Politecnico di Milano

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Roberto Viganò graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, then he achieved his Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics in the same University.
He is Associate Professor in Methods and Tools for Industrial Design at the School of Industrial Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano.
His research activity is mainly dedicated to the fields of Computer Aided Design, Virtual Simulation and Industrial Engineering Design Methods.

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Jorge W. Duque-Rivera Duque-Rivera Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral

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Professor and Program Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering Program. Faculty of Mechanical and Production Sciences Engineering, ESPOL. Guayaquil, Ecuador. Teaches Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Energy Consersion Systems, Energy Conservation and Introduction to Mechanical Engineering. Leads the international and national accreditation efforts of the ME Program of ESPOL.

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Carlos A. Rodriguez EAFIT University

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Mechanical Engineer, EAFIT University. Medellin Colombia. Msc in Engineering, EAFIT University, Medellin, Colombia. Professor, Production Engineering Department, EAFIT University, Medellin, Colombia.

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Abstract

Assessing interactions among students geographical disperse during multinational design projectsThe new business model and global operations of many enterprises have brought new challengesfor engineers working in multinational companies. These new trends and the need of educatingworld-class engineers with global competencies have opened opportunities for new educationalmodels to expose students to international experiences to start developing those capabilities. Onepedagogical activity used to promote global competencies is the participation of students inmultinational design projects, a problem-based learning approach in an international setting,where students get immersed in the solution of an engineering design task while they work inteams and collaborate with international partners. A collaborative network of institutions fromthe Americas and Italy has developed and executed collaborative global design projects as part ofacademic experiences for their students. The main goal of these projects is to foster internationalcollaboration and to offer an opportunity to the students to develop professional skills throughinternational teamwork effort in the solution of a design problem. However, a real challenge ofthis practice has been to create an effective interaction among the students participating in thistype of projects and to maintain the flow of information and students engagement in the projectand in their learning. Therefore, this paper reports the work related to the assessment approach tomonitor students’ interaction in multinational collaborative projects. The main objectives of thisapproach are: (a) to evaluate the interaction among the students (frequency, quantity andquality); (b) to determine the value of social interaction in the flow of the interaction; (c) todetermine the impact of interaction in the development of the project.

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