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Development and Implementation of a Longitudinal Design Assessment

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Design Assessment

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Design in Engineering Education

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13

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https://peer.asee.org/30316

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John Crepeau P.E. University of Idaho, Moscow Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-7277-1347

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Professor John Crepeau received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Utah. After serving as an NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Research Fellow, he began teaching at the University of Idaho. He served as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Idaho from 2009-2015, and is currently the Associate Dean for Undergraduates in the College of Engineering.

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Michael Maughan University of Idaho, Moscow

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Michael Maughan is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Idaho. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho and a Ph.D in Materials Engineering from Purdue University. Michael has worked in industry for both Fortune-50 and startup companies as a mechanical designer and manager, and holds five patents. His research spans the fields of mechanical and materials engineering, studying the microscale properties, behavior, and failure of materials and mechanical systems.

His work has been published in peer-reviewed mechanical engineering and materials journals including Journal of Materials Research, International Journal of Plasticity, Materials Research Letters, and the ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, among others.

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Dan Cordon University of Idaho, Moscow

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Clinical faculty member at the University of Idaho with teaching focus in design courses ranging from freshman introductory engineering design through the capstone experience. Technical research area is in the field of internal combustion engines and alternative fuels.

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Steven W. Beyerlein University of Idaho, Moscow

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Dr. Beyerlein has taught at the University of Idaho for the last 27 years. He is coordinator of the college of engineering inter-disciplinary capstone design course. He is also a co-PI on a DOE sponsored Industrial Assessment Center program in which several of the student authors have been involved. Dr. Beyerlein has been active in research projects involving engine testing, engine heat release modeling, design of curricula for active , design pedagogy, and assessment of professional skills.

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Matthew John Swenson P.E. University of Idaho, Moscow

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After graduating from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1999, I immediately pursued a career in industry, quickly excelling and continuously accepting roles of increasing responsibility. The first five years, I worked at GK Machine, Inc., a small company south of Portland, designing customized agricultural equipment. Next, I worked at Hyster-Yale Material Handling, most recently as the Direction of Product Development for the Counterbalanced Electric Truck product line while introducing 8 new products into production between 2009-2013. Although each new role was challenging and rewarding, they progressively drew me further away from science and engineering, and more towards business administration. With this gradual shift, each position demanded more focus on company profits, and allowed less opportunity for me to mentor younger employees in the science and engineering involved in product development. As a result, I decided to relinquish my industry career to pursue a Ph.D. with the specific goal to fulfill my passion for teaching and mentoring young engineers as a university professor.

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Daniel J. Robertson University of Idaho, Moscow Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-1089-0249

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Sean Michael Quallen University of Idaho, Moscow

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Dr. Sean M. Quallen is an instructor in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Idaho--Moscow. He teaches dynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. His interests include improving the representation of young women in engineering fields and the integration of personal/mobile technology into the classic lecture period.

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Abstract

An assessment tool has been developed to measure and track student design skills longitudinally through the curriculum. The rubric assesses competencies in system design, implementation, project management and documentation. Each competency is evaluated on a 1 to 5 scale, representing skill levels associated with a Pre-Engineer, Trainee, Intern, Entry-Level Engineer and Professional, respectively. The competencies were assessed using freshman, sophomore and senior capstone design courses in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Idaho. The data show that the scores improved consistently from freshman to senior years, with the largest increase in system design skills, followed by implementation, project management, and then documentation. The data provide an overview of the changes in design skills through the curriculum, helping to identify weaknesses within the design courses that can be improved. While the tool was used in mechanical engineering courses, it is designed to be used in courses within any engineering discipline.

Crepeau, J., & Maughan, M., & Cordon, D., & Beyerlein, S. W., & Swenson, M. J., & Robertson, D. J., & Quallen, S. M. (2018, June), Development and Implementation of a Longitudinal Design Assessment Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30316

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