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Capstone Design Projects With Industry

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



Conference Session

Industrial-Sponsored Design

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10.292.1 - 10.292.8



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J. Darrell Gibson

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Patricia Brackin

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Session XXXX


M. Patricia Brackin, J. Darrell Gibson Department of Mechanical Engineering Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


The benefits of company sponsored capstone design projects, both to academia and to industry, have been well established. At Rose-Hulman the benefits to students include the broadening of their engineering skills, the required interaction with practicing engineers, the strengthening of teaming skills by working in design groups, the development of communication skills with required oral and written reports, and the experiences of project management. These projects are “owned and managed” by the student teams with company contacts providing appropriate data and information and with faculty serving as advisors only. The authors have developed and improved these student/industry interactions over the last few years with over 100 students working with 20 to 30 different companies each year. Recently, the authors have placed greater emphases on requiring that the projects use the tools of engineering management in the completion of the projects and in the formal written and oral presentations.

ABET 2000 requires that capstone design experiences build on knowledge gained from earlier courses. It is the purpose of this paper to discuss methods for the selection of appropriate projects from industry and then to show how students integrate teaming and project management skills from previous courses during completion of their capstone projects.


Industrial/Academic partnerships are essential for technological development, regardless of the discipline. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the integration of teaming and project management skills into capstone design by integrating knowledge from prior courses.

The paper discusses student projects with industry which are performed as part of the course requirements for Engineering Design and Machine Design, the two 4-credit-hour senior courses that require these industrial projects at Rose-Hulman. In each course the design project represents 50% of the course grade and the enrollment is approximately 120. The students work in groups of 3 or 4 and are normally expected to spend approximately 4-6 hours per person per week on their projects. The teams are required to meet with their instructor weekly and submit

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

Gibson, J. D., & Brackin, P. (2005, June), Capstone Design Projects With Industry Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14977

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