June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Design in Engineering Education
22.309.1 - 22.309.23
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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