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Creation and Implementation of a Project Framework to Improve Cornerstone Engineering Design

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2019 FYEE Conference


Penn State University , Pennsylvania

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July 28, 2019

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July 28, 2019

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July 30, 2019

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T1A: Readiness 1

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Nicholas A Meisel The Pennsylvania State University

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Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Meisel is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Design in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) at Penn State and an affiliate faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Mechanical Engineering in 2015. He joined the faculty at Penn State in Fall 2015, where he conducts research in the area of design for additive manufacturing.

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Sarah C Ritter Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Sarah C. Ritter, PhD, is an assistant teaching professor in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs at the Pennsylvania State University and course chair for EDSGN 100, the cornerstone engineering design course. She received her BS degree from Louisiana Tech University and PhD degree from Texas A&M University, both in Biomedical Engineering. Her research focused on developing an optics-based system for long-term monitoring of relevant blood analytes, such as glucose for patients with diabetes. At Penn State University, she teaches Introduction to Engineering Design and a graduate-level Engineering Design Studio course.

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Christopher McComb Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Christopher McComb is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs with courtesy appointments in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. He earned dual B.S. degrees in Civil and Mechanical Engineering from California State University Fresno as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. His research merges perspectives from psychology, computer science, and engineering design to create better human systems. This includes both systems of humans (teams, organizations, marketplaces) as well as systems that interact with humans (intelligent design tools, smart products).

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Jessica Dolores Menold Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Introduction to Engineering Design (EDSGN 100) acts as a gateway engineering course for over 3800 students across 20 Penn State campuses each year. Recently, the course has incorporated six educational modules, which cover topics from creativity to professional communication to making. However, these modules require a unifying experience so that the students are able to perceive how the content from the individual modules coalesces to form the unique identity of an engineer. To address this need, a new framework is proposed to guide the creation and implementation of an 8-week long design challenge within EDSGN 100. This framework identifies a series of 8 project characteristics necessary to create a clear connection between the content from each of the individual modules and the successful execution of a world-class engineering design project. This ensures that faculty-developed design projects are of an appropriate scope and context in order to provide proper scaffolding to support the six individual educational modules. This paper presents findings resulting from pilot studies conducted in five separate sections of EDSGN 100.

Meisel, N. A., & Ritter, S. C., & McComb, C., & Menold, J. D. (2019, July), Creation and Implementation of a Project Framework to Improve Cornerstone Engineering Design Paper presented at 2019 FYEE Conference , Penn State University , Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--33687

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