June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Design in Engineering Education
This paper examines the mechanical engineering senior projects ecosystem at the University of California, Irvine, which has one of the top-20 largest mechanical engineering undergraduate programs in the US. We report on the evolution, changes, and future plans of our senior projects experience. In particular, we describe the historical viewpoint of our design ecosystem and why we believe changes were and still are necessary. Next, we present a literature review that provides an overview of best practices in engineering design education. We then describe the changes that we made which are based in part on the literature and our program’s needs and limitations, and we present the results of two anonymous surveys of our students. After outlining the specific challenges and opportunities in our program, we describe our plans for future data collection and evaluation of our students. This paper would likely interest colleagues at institutions with large numbers of mechanical engineering students, as well as programs that have various student-initiated projects, team-sizes, and faculty involvement in their project ecosystems.
Buswell, N. T., & Walter, M. E. (2019, June), Designing Senior Design for Student-Led Projects with Large Enrollments Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32623
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