June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
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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. https://peer.asee.org/2609
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