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Design Build Test Autocross A Capstone Design Project

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Mechanical Design and Projects

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Engineering Technology

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12.449.1 - 12.449.9



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Janet Dong University of Cincinnati

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Janet Dong, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology department at the University of Cincinnati. She received her PhD and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, and her MS and BS in Manufacturing Engineering from China. Her academic interests include manufacturing technology, CAD/CAM, computer aided process planning and optimization, control and automation, robotics, and mechanical engineering application to dental endodontic treatment. She had published journal papers and conferences papers nationally and internationally. She is the member of ASEE, ASME, and SME.

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Janak Dave University of Cincinnati

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Janak Dave, PhD, PE is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology department at the University of Cincinnati. He obtained his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla. He has presented papers at ASEE Annual Conferences, ASME International Congress, and several international conferences and conducted CAD/CAM/CAE workshops nationally and internationally. He has held various positions in the EDG and DEED divisions of ASEE, as well as local and national committees of ASME.

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Design–Build–Test Autocross–A Senior Capstone Design Project Abstract

Students working toward a baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at the University of Cincinnati are required to complete a “Design, Build, and Test” senior capstone design project. One of these capstone design projects was to design and build an Autocross racing vehicle. This vehicle was built to meet the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Autocross specifications, and was tested in the local competition event.

From the concept to the final working vehicle which meets SCCA’s specifications, there are many challenges. In the 2005-2006 academic year, a team of four Mechanical Engineering Technology students at the University of Cincinnati built an Autocross racing car as their senior capstone design project. As with all capstone projects, expertise and knowledge acquired from their coursework and co-op were utilized. This project gave them an opportunity to showcase their abilities as well as develop additional skills needed to be successful in a team oriented business world. This team also enjoyed the personal satisfaction of working on a technically complex project from concept-to-tested, and competing against other such projects.

This paper will give the short description of the senior capstone design course sequence at University of Cincinnati, the list of pre-requisites for the capstone design course, and describes 2005-2006 Autocross Racing Car project and the student team experiences from start to finish.


Completing a senior design project is a graduation requirement for all students in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) department at University of Cincinnati (UC). This is a four- course sequence that results in a working product/process. These courses are designed to facilitate students’ abilities to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired prior to their senior year. This also enhances their abilities to solve open-ended problems and to prepare them for the transition from an academic to a non-academic environment.

Most projects consist of designing, building, and testing a prototype of a product or process. At the completion of this capstone project, students will have acquired the following necessary skills, which will apply to their professional careers:

1. Synthesizing knowledge from earlier courses. 2. Starting from concept to a working prototype. 3. Project management. 4. Time management. 5. Dealing with vendors. 6. Oral communication to a technical and a non-technical audience. 7. Writing a formal project report.

Dong, J., & Dave, J. (2007, June), Design Build Test Autocross A Capstone Design Project Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2616

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