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Case Study: Industry-sponsored Mechanical Engineering Capstone Senior Design Projects

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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College Industry Partnerships Division Technical Session 3

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College Industry Partnerships

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Hosni I. Abu-Mulaweh Purdue University, Fort Wayne

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Hosni I. Abu-Mulaweh received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the Missouri-University of Science and Technology in 1984, 1987, and 1992, respectively. Currently, he is a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University Fort Wayne. He is also the mechanical engineering capstone senior design coordinator. His research interests include heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics.

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Nusaybah Abu-Mulaweh Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Nusaybah Abu-Mulaweh is a Continuing Lecturer in the Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS) Program at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She received her Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering from Purdue University Fort Wayne, and received her Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Engineering Education at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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Capstone senior design project at our mechanical engineering program is accomplished during the senior year and spans two semesters. In the first semester, the problem statement is formulated and the basic conceptual designs are generated and then evaluated. The conceptual design that solves the problem best is then selected and a complete and detailed design is generated by the end of the first semester. In the second semester, a prototype of the finished design is built, tested and evaluated. The cost of constructing a prototype of a finished design is usually high. This is especially true when the design projects deal with practical and real life problems. For small undergraduate mechanical engineering program with limited resources, such as ours, the high cost of building these projects tends to cause problems and hampers the selection of good quality capstone senior design projects. This problem becomes more pressing when the senior design projects are multidisciplinary in order comply with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accreditation criteria, which require that graduates of engineering programs possess an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams. To overcome this problems, our mechanical engineering program has a strong partnership with the local and regional industry over the years which benefited both parties. Local and regional industries propose and sponsor projects (problems that they would like them solved) for our senior design students. Each senior design team is advised by a faculty member and a point man from the company who is usually an engineer. The aim of this paper is to present how this relation or partnership has developed, discuss the degree of involvement of the industry-sponsors and their role during the course of the design project, and brief description of the industry-sponsored design projects that we had in the 2016/2017 academic year.

Abu-Mulaweh, H. I., & Abu-Mulaweh, N. (2018, June), Case Study: Industry-sponsored Mechanical Engineering Capstone Senior Design Projects Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30178

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