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Design Education Innovation In Korea Through Capstone Design Education Program

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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

Design for the Environment

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Design in Engineering Education

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12.451.1 - 12.451.14



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Dong Young Jang Seoul National University of Technology

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Professor and Director of Capstone Design Education Center of SNUT,
Ph.D. from University of Florida,
Professor of University of Missouri-Columbia 1990-1997

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Heewon Lee Seoul National University of Technology

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Professor of School of Mechanical Design and Automation Engineering,
Director of Center for Engineering Education of SNUT

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Sitae Won Seoul National University of Technology

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Professor of Die and Mold Design Engineering Department

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Design Education Innovation In Korea Through Capstone Design Education Program


In 2001 the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy of Korea (MOCIE) launched new projects of human resource development programs to reconstruct the education system of the industrial workforce so as to increase its efficiency. The program was to educate engineering students with revised curriculums considering industrial demand and hands-on experience rather than to go through re-educating process of the industrial workforce after college degree. With the increasing importance of design programs which concentrates on practicality and creativity in college engineering education, the capstone design program has been developed at the Seoul National University of Technology and incorporated into the curriculum. Through this, students, professors, and industries have chances to cooperate in changing design education to fit the requirements of the today’s market.

This program was a turning point in engineering education and human resource development in Korea. In particular, selecting practical topics considering industrial demands for their graduation thesis pushed students to seek industry’s cooperation by themselves, which resulted in a new system of industry-academy cooperation. The practical engineering design education has been achieved in literal sense. This paper will discuss this newly established engineering education model and the results from the capstone design education of Seoul National University of Technology and its effects on design education in Korea.

1. Introduction

Mechanical system design is a process of devising parameters and working conditions that are needed in developing and manufacturing of a planned product. Being a comprehensive process in product development, it is a major factor in determining the competitiveness of a product. For this reason, design should not be considered as a method of imitating of past products and accumulating of the data, but as a database warehouse which creatively integrates all major areas of manufacturing know-hows in the product developing process. Design today includes not only the functional design, but also sensitive design, process design with super precision, and manufacturing planning. Design is a total solution for a new product.

As a way to create high-value added products and overcome national economic crisis, the

Jang, D. Y., & Lee, H., & Won, S. (2007, June), Design Education Innovation In Korea Through Capstone Design Education Program Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1996

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