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Assessment and Evaluation of ABET Outcomes C and K in Engineering Courses that Utilize Solid Modeling Packages

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Design Tools and Methodology II

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Design in Engineering Education

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25.222.1 - 25.222.15

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Steven Joseph Kirstukas Central Connecticut State University

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Steve Kirstukas is an Assistant Professor at CCSU, where he teaches courses in solid modeling and engineering mechanics. He is exploring the use of virtual reality to enhance the engineering design process. He has degrees in civil and mechanical engineering, with a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Steve has worked in industry as a civil engineer, software developer, biomechanics researcher, and mechanical design engineer.

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Nidal Al-Masoud Central Connecticut State University

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Assessment and Evaluation of ABET Outcomes C and K in Engineering Courses that Utilize Solid Modeling PackagesAbstractAn assessment and evaluation method which focuses on the ability of students to design asystem, component, or process, and to use modern engineering tools necessary for successfulengineering practice (ABET learning outcomes C and K) has been developed and will bepresented. The method, based on evaluations and rubrics of students’ work, includes a self-selected term-project. The rubrics focus on the ability of students to use two software packages,specifically, NX (formerly Unigraphics) in “Computer Aided Design and IntegratedManufacturing CAD/CAM/CIM” at the sophomore level, and Creo Elements/Pro (formerlyPro/E) in “Solid Modeling and Design” at the senior level. Homework and classroomassignments are evaluated on the basis of using the software efficiently, creating the correctgeometry in both shape and size, and employing constraint-based solid modeling to transferdesign intent from drawing to model. The grading rubric of the term-project examines severalattributes of the design process, such as identifying the problem, defining criteria and constraints,brainstorming possible solutions, generating ideas and alternatives, constructing virtual modelsusing solid modeling software, building physical models or prototypes to validate the design, andrefining the design. The rubric emphasizes taking an idea from concept to product-ready physicalprototype. Evaluations, rubrics, surveys, and research topics, collected over a period of threesemesters, are presented.

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