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Assessment of an Industry-Sponsored Mechatronics Capstone Design Project

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Design and the Capstone Experience

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Design in Engineering Education

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Matthew Quincy Marshall Kennesaw State University

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Matthew Marshall received a Doctorate in mechanical engineerig from Georgia Tech in 2013 and then began teaching for KSU's Mechatronics Engineering department. He has taught Mechatronics Engineering Fundamentals, a special-topics course for the Arduino computer, a special-topics course in 3-D modeling (CAD) and simulation, Advanced Controls, plus Instruments and Controls. His research deals with camera-based guidance for robots and robot kinematics. Dr. Marshall's work experience includes design of automation systems, structural/architectural products, and mechanical devices.

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Chan Ham Kennesaw State University

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He is an Associate Professor in Mechatronics Engineering at the Kennesaw State University since 2010. He has over eighteen year experience in Mechatronics education and research.

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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. 10.18260/1-2--29834

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