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Computer Aided Design and Project Management

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Engineering Management Division Technical Session 1

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Engineering Management

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24.305.1 - 24.305.9



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Martin William Weiser Eastern Washington University

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Martin Weiser is an assistant professor in the engineering and design department at Eastern Washington University. He earned his B.S. in ceramic engineering from Ohio State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and mineral engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He then joined the mechanical engineering department at the University of New Mexico, where he taught materials science, thermodynamics, manufacturing engineering, and technical communication. Martin then joined Johnson Matthey Electronics/Honeywell Electronic Materials where he held positions in technical service, product management, six sigma, and research and development. He is an inventor on a dozen patents and patent applications and has published over 30 papers and book chapters on topics including ceramic processing, Pb-free solder development, experimental design, and biomechanics. His current research focuses on rocket propellant characterization, fin flutter, and heat transfer.

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Hani Serhal Saad Eastern Washington University


Kyle Frederick Larsen P.E. Eastern Washington University

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Dr. Kyle Frederick Larsen currently teaches mechanical engineering at Eastern Washington University. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University, and
and M.S. and B.S. in mechanical engineering from California State University, Sacramento.

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At Eastern Washington University, we teach a class titled Computer-Aided Design and ProjectManagement to a combination of Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) and otherTechnology students. This course is not what is usually associated with the term CAD, butrather an introduction to Project Management and spreadsheets as an Engineering design tool.The class has a very strong hands-on component using MS Excel and Project. The students arethen required to use both tools in their later courses, particularly analysis in their laboratorycourses and planning/tracking of the Capstone Design course. These students also take aTechnical Writing course from the English Department to prepare them for report writing.We use several assignments of increasing difficulty to expose the students to Excel as a designtool and Project to organize and track a project. The quarter culminates with small teams ofstudents using both tools to design, plan, and track a virtual project of their choice such asstarting a small company, building a structure, or installing equipment in a plant. The teamsmust submit a report and make a semi-formal presentation to the class and instructor.As part of our continuous improvement effort, we assess nine course objectives. We willpresent a statistical analysis of how well both the students and instructor believed theobjectives were met. The analysis controls for several instructors, several years, and both METstudents who must take two quarters of calculus and Technology students who take pre-calculus. We also teach an accelerated version of the course that also incorporates a largetechnical writing component to our ME students and we will include anecdotal data from thatcourse.

Weiser, M. W., & Saad, H. S., & Larsen, K. F. (2014, June), Computer Aided Design and Project Management Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20196

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