June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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October 17, 2014 Draft of an Abstract for a Proposed Academic Paper to be Presented at the 2015 ASEE Annual Conference in Seattle, WA. Bringing a Viable Product to Investors Utilizing Senior Engineering Student Interns AbstractThis abstract reports the subsequent step of clinical testing of a product mentioned in aprior paper presented by the authors at the 121st ASEE Annual Conference & Expositionin 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The resultant technical modifications based on theclinical testing’s user feedback are also presented in the abstract. The unique aspect ofthis effort is that engineering student interns were directly involved; while the internsremained at their university a paid representative of the sponsoring company joined themto provide direct hands-on technical guidance and assistance. This representative was astudent member of an original capstone design team that developed the productmentioned by our 2013 ASEE paper. That individual has now received his EngineeringMaster’s Degree at another university and was subsequently offered a meaningfulposition at the sponsoring corporation.The proposed paper describes how the interns worked under the technical direction of thecorporate sponsor’s representative and under the academic direction of the EngineeringCollege’s Dean and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair. Theinterns were expected to be personally involved in the clinical testing of the previouslydeveloped medical product and be responsible for the incorporation of productimprovements in accordance with the feedback obtained during the clinical testing. Acomponent of the interns’ work was the direct support of a local professional medicalpractitioner versed in the medical area associated with the product. This interface, in theuniversity setting, of technical mentor (corporate representative), medical practitioner(user interface) and professional faculty (engineering professors) provided a coordinatedindustry, customer and pedagogical aspect to the students.It was the intent of this partnering of industry, practitioner and faculty to provide aninternship experience which encompasses full system engineering instruction frominvention to market. Under “normal” circumstances, engineering instruction is providedin the university, followed by an initial industry experience in an internship and finallycustomer interface impacts after employment as a graduate engineer. It is anticipated thatthe approach described in this paper will provide a well-rounded full-system aspect to theengineering students that is normally received piecemeal as a student progresses intohis/her engineering career. The paper will provide an assessment of the benefits and theissues encountered throughout this undertaking during this academic year.
Bowie, D., & Xu, X., & Donaldson, A. L. (2015, June), Bringing a Viable Product to Investors Utilizing Senior Engineering Student Interns Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23629
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