Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Design in Engineering Education
Capstone students in an undergraduate mechatronics engineering program utilize industry-applicable techniques: a design-build-test process frequently used in commercial environments. For a particular industry-sponsored project, this paper presents sample rubrics and student feedback to evaluate the model in this course. The present work is a case study for a team modifying a magnetic-wheeled inspection robot. Mechatronics engineering is, by nature, a multidisciplinary endeavor; the student group employed electronic sensors, actuators, computer programming and I/O, controls, and mechanical design. The project, sponsored by a local testing company and carried out by a four-student team, is shown to have been mutually beneficial. The sponsor identified key areas for improvement of the original embodiment of the robot. The team then carried these additions and modifications from design through testing. Learning outcomes are assessed based on the class evaluation scheme and the unique benefits of an industry-sponsored project are considered. Student and sponsor response indicates that the skills and practices learned in this course are directly applicable to the engineering profession.
Marshall, M. Q., & Ham, C. (2018, June), Assessment of an Industry-Sponsored Mechatronics Capstone Design Project Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29834
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