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Basic Elements Of Multidisciplinary Design

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Conference

2005 Annual Conference

Location

Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

Start Date

June 12, 2005

End Date

June 15, 2005

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Design

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

10.247.1 - 10.247.10

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https://peer.asee.org/14906

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David Ollis

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A “Basis Set” for Multidisciplinary Design Courses

David F. Ollis

Department of Chemical Engineering Raleigh NC 27695-7905 North Carolina State University ollis@eos.ncsu.edu

Abstract

We describe a variety of multidisciplinary design course formats developed and installed during the lifetime of the NSF–sponsored SUCCEED engineering education consortium. These formats provide design approaches to meeting the ABET/EC 2000 criterion mandating that all graduating students will have “a multidisciplinary experience” during their undergraduate careers in engineering.

In an earlier conference on these design courses, we noted that no consensus format existed within a group of nine courses on seven of the SUCCEED campuses(1). The intent of the present paper is to celebrate this diversity of design course formats by creating from them a “basis” set”, as in algebra, from which complete, yet unique, multidisciplinary design courses may be easily constructed, as appropriate for each local setting.

A second dimension considered is the existing or modified administrative requirements of institution and engineering school. To enhance prospects for multidisciplinary course creation, each college should provide the following circumstances: parallel scheduling of design courses to encourage collaboration between departments, utilization of all available manpower for introducing multidisciplinary instruction, including faculty, local professional societies, and even graduate students, administrative salary support where annual funding is raised for design projects.

Introduction

We describe a variety of multidisciplinary design course formats developed and installed during the lifetime of the NSF–sponsored SUCCEED engineering education consortium. These formats provide design approaches to meeting the ABET/EC 2000 criterion mandating that all graduating students will have “a multidisciplinary experience” during their undergraduate careers in engineering.

In an earlier conference on these design courses, we noted that no consensus format existed within a group of nine courses on seven of the SUCCEED campuses(1).

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ©2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Ollis, D. (2005, June), Basic Elements Of Multidisciplinary Design Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. https://peer.asee.org/14906

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