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Case Studies in Application of System Engineering Practices to Capstone Projects

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Teams and Teamwork in Design

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Design in Engineering Education

Page Count

23

Page Numbers

22.309.1 - 22.309.23

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https://peer.asee.org/17590

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Peter L. Schmidt University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Peter L. Schmidt received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Louisville, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and his doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has served as a research associate and as an instructor at Vanderbilt University. He has also worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana; at Precision Rubber, now part of Parker Hannifin in Lebanon, Tennessee; for CDAI in Atlanta, Georgia and at UTC / Carrier in Lewisburg, Tennessee. Dr. Schmidt is a member of the ASEE and a licensed professional engineer in Tennessee and Georgia. He is also a member of ASME, ASHRAE, ASA and INCE. Dr. Schmidt’s research interests include aeroacoustics and ultrasonics, and has authored several journal and conference papers on these subjects.

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Janusz Zalewski Florida Gulf Coast University

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Janusz Zalewski, Ph.D., is a Professor of computer science at Florida Gulf Coast University. He worked previously at the University of Central Florida and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, as well as at various nuclear research institutions, including the Data Acquisition Group of Superconducting Super Collider and Computer Safety and Reliability Center at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He also worked on projects and consulted for a number of private companies, including Lockheed Martin, Harris, and Boeing. Zalewski served as a chairman of the International Federation for Information Processing Working Group 5.4 on Industrial Software Quality, and of the International Federation of Automatic Control Technical Committee on Safety of Computer Control Systems. His major research interests include safety-related, real-time computer systems.

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Gloria A. Murphy NASA

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Gloria A. Murphy is currently the Project Manager of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) Space Grant Project and Lunabotics Mining Competition at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida. The purpose of the ESMD Space Grant Project and Lunabotics Mining Competition is to train and develop the highly skilled scientific, engineering, and technical workforce of the future needed to implement the U.S. Space Exploration Policy.
Ms. Murphy began her career in 1990 with NASA as a cooperative student in the Payload Processing Directorate. Her first engineering position in 1992 was an experiment test engineer for the Spacelab Program. In 1998, Ms. Murphy began working on the International Space Station (ISS) Program as a systems engineer for the Multi Element Integrated Test (MEIT). She continued to develop her engineering skills working with many engineering disciplines for testing various hardware and software interfaces between the U.S. and international elements on the Space Station. Her duties included extensive travel to Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Canada and Japan. Ms. Murphy joined the Launch Services Program in 2003 as an integration engineer for Pegasus and Taurus missions. In this position, she concentrated on the interfaces between the launch vehicle and the spacecraft. Ms. Murphy joined the Education Office in 2007 where she continues to serve as the project manager for the agency-wide ESMD Space Grant Project and the Lunabotics Mining Competition.
Ms. Murphy received KSC’s You Make a Difference Award for her leadership in the MEIT test between the U.S. elements and the Canadian Extravehicular Robotics elements. She has also received numerous certificates, group achievement and performance awards.
Ms. Murphy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1987 from the University of Central Florida, a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1992 and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1998. Ms. Murphy currently resides in Canaveral Groves, FL with her husband Timmy and two children, Holly and Larry.

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Thomas H. Morris Mississippi State University

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Thomas Morris received his Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX in 2001 and 2008, respectively. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU). At MSU he is a member of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Center (CIPC) and the Computer Security Research Center (CCSR). His research interests include computer, network, and control system security. He is a senior member of IEEE.

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Christina L. Carmen University of Alabama, Huntsville

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Dr. Carmen obtained a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree as well as a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Additionally, she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Dr. Carmen has been a Lecturer in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department at UAH since 2006. She primarily teaches MAE senior capstone design classes with a focus upon product realization. Several of her senior design teams have won national and international design competitions including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) safety engineering competition. In 2010, five of her design students presented papers at the prestigious International Astronautical Congress in Prague, Czech Republic. Dr. Carmen is the UAH ASME student chapter faculty advisor as well as the advisor of the UAH Moonbuggy team. Last year the UAH Moonbuggy team won the Best Design award and Systems Safety award at the 2010 NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. In 2010, Dr. Carmen was named the Outstanding Mechanical Engineer by the North Alabama ASME section.

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Paul J. van Susante Colorado School of Mines

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Mr. van Susante has received a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and a MS in Engineering Systems from the Colorado School of Mines. He defended his PhD and is in the process of editing his dissertation. He has been teaching Senior Design since 2005 and has also been teaching freshman and sophomore engineering design classes. Recently he has added teaching Mechanics of Materials to his repertoire. He has been working on space-related projects since 1999 and has been using his experience in the classes he teaches. In the summer of 2010 he spent two months at NASA Kennedy Space Center as a NASA Faculty Fellow and several senior design projects are based on the work done there. He enjoys teaching and system engineering on a variety of projects and subject.

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Abstract

Case Studies in Application of System Engineering Practices to Capstone ProjectsThe Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) of the National Aeronautics and SpaceAdministration (NASA) sponsors a faculty fellowship program that engages researchers withinterests aligned with current ESMD development programs. The faculty members arecommitted to run a capstone senior design project based on the materials and experience gainedduring the fellowship. For the 2010 – 2011 academic year, 5 projects were approved. Theseprojects are in the areas of mechanical and electrical hardware design and optimization, faultprediction and extraplanetary civil site preparation. This work summarizes the projects, describesthe student teams performing the work, and describes the integration of NASA SystemsEngineering principles into the projects, as well as the affected course curriculums. Faculty fellows teach or mentor senior design students at 5 different institutions, with class sizesranging from over 200 to less than 20 students. Some courses concentrate exclusively on NASAprojects, while others include other project sources. Effected curricula are being expanded withlectures developed during the summer internship at 4 separate NASA facilities, with integrationof the student design teams with practicing engineers at NASA as well as contracting entities.Assessment tools will include assessments of student deliverables as compared to all projectgroups, faculty interviews with student groups involved with the projects as well as interimproject results.

Schmidt, P. L., & Zalewski, J., & Murphy, G. A., & Morris, T. H., & Carmen, C. L., & van Susante, P. J. (2011, June), Case Studies in Application of System Engineering Practices to Capstone Projects Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17590

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