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Capstone and Faculty Mentors/Advisors/Coaches

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Design in Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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26.323.1 - 26.323.17



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Gene Dixon East Carolina University

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Gene Dixon is a tenured Associate Professor at East Carolina where he teaches aspiring engineers at the undergraduate level. He has previously held positions with Union Carbide, Chicago Bridge & Iron, E.I. Du Pont & de Nemours, Westinghouse Electric, CBS, Viacom, and Washington Group. His work experience includes project engineer, program assessor, senior shift manager, TQM coach, and production reactor outage planner, remediation engineer. Dixon gives presentations as a corporate trainer, a teacher, and a motivational speaker. He received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management from The University of Alabama in Huntsville, an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University, and a B.S. in Materials Engineering from Auburn University. Dixon has served as newsletter editor/secretary, program chair, division chair and awards chair in both the Engineering Management and Engineering Economy Divisions of ASEE. He is a fellow of the American Society of Engineering Management and serves as the 2015 ASEM President.

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Capstone and Faculty Mentors/Advisors/CoachesCapstone and faculty involvement go together like peanut butter and jelly. Capstone andindustry also go together like cheese on crackers. Both faculty and industry may take on therole of capstone advisor from the academic side. Many faculty members are experienced atadvising capstone. New faculty usually are not. Industry members new to capstone advisingmay or may not be able to apply industry models to capstone advisement. Just like in industry,where experienced engineers hold much tribal knowledge, many experienced faculty areknowledgeable in guiding capstone teams. New engineers in the workplace must identifyknowledge sources within the organization to help them through the maze of unwritten methodsand norms to be successful. So too, the new capstone faculty advisor. One tool, useful to bothnew engineers and capstone advisors are procedures and handbooks. In a qualitative study ofDEEDs members, the use of guidelines, handbooks, manuals for advising capstone was explored.A standardized process of advising, coaching and/or mentoring should result in standardizedcapstone project results. This paper discusses the common elements of advisor guides and theunique elements considered to have robust application.

Dixon, G. (2015, June), Capstone and Faculty Mentors/Advisors/Coaches Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23662

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