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Design Build Test Buv, A Capstone Design Project

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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International Engineering Education I - Poster Session

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12.450.1 - 12.450.9



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

Students working toward 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 build a Basic Utility Vehicle (BUV). It was geared to meet the needs of developing countries for an affordable transportation. BUV competition is sponsored by IAT–Institute for Affordable Transportation, a non-profit organization in Indianapolis, IN. IAT's mission is to improve the living standards and enable economic growth in the developing world by creating a simple vehicle that can be assembled almost anywhere, by almost anyone. They donate the vehicles to needy countries in South America and Africa.

A team of students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department at the University of Cincinnati built a BUV as their senior capstone design project during the 2005-2006 academic year. By doing this project, they developed the additional skills needed to be successful in a team oriented business world. They realized transportation needs in the developing countries. They also enjoyed the personal satisfaction of working on a technically complex project from concept to a final working vehicle, and competing against other university teams.

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


Completing a senior design project is the graduation requirement for all of the students in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) department at University of Cincinnati (UC). The project consists of a four-course sequence resulting in a working product. These courses are designed to help student synthesis and apply the knowledge and skills they have required prior to their senior year. This also makes them use their abilities to solve open-ended problems and prepare them for the transition from academic to non-academic environments.

The project consists of designing, building, and testing a prototype of a product or process. At the completion of their senior capstone project, students will have acquired the following necessary skills, which will apply to their professional careers.

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

Dave, J., & Dong, J. (2007, June), Design Build Test Buv, A Capstone Design Project Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2609

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