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Development of a Design Division for an Industry: A Capstone Project in a Master's of Engineering Management Program

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Curriculum and the Classroom

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Engineering Management

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Sangarappillai Sivaloganathan United Arab Emirates University

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Dr Sangarappillai Sivaloganathan – Siva is a Srilankan by birth and a citizen of the United Kingdom. His experience in Sri-lanka started with an year’s post-graduate apprenticeship in the manufacturing shops of the Government Railway and nine years in the Cement Industry. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from University of Srilanka, and obtained his Masters from the University of Aston and PhD from City University of London, both in the UK. He started his career in the UK as the Senior Research Assistant at the SERC Engineering Design Centre. He joined Brunel University in 1995 where he worked for 18 years before joining United Arab Emirates University in August 2011. During his stay at Brunel he has worked with many British industries. Dr Sivaloganathan is a keen researcher in Design and was the Convenor for the International Engineering Design Conferences in 1998 and 2000. He has been a regular participant of the ASEE annual conference during the past few years. He has published more than 85 papers in reputed journals and conferences.

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Salah Burhan Al Omari P.E. United Arab Emirates University

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Salah Al Omari is an associate professor at the department of mechanical engineering at UAE university. He earned his PhD from the Technical University in Aachen in Germany (RWTH-Aachen) in 1997. After that he worked for Mitsubishi Electric in Japan as a researcher at the R&D Center in Osaka. In 2000 he joined UAE University as assistant professor at the department of Mechanical Engineering.
Salah Al Omari conducts research in the thermofluids areas particularly enhanced heat transfer, renewable energy, and combustion. . He published over 30 publications in reputable international journals and a about a similar number of international conferences publications. Recently, Al Omari got interested and involved in research in the area of engineering education.
Salah Al Omari taught a large number of engineering courses both at the undergraduate and the graduate levels. He served as well as committee head for international (ABET) and national accreditation of the ME program at UAEU, for a number of consecutive accreditation cycles.

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Aysha Al Ameri P.E. United Arab Emirates University

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Mrs. Aysha Abboud Shaikh Alameri graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the United Arab Emirates University in January 2013. Soon afterwards she joined Strata Manufacturing PJSC in Al Ain, UAE as an aerospace composites design engineer. Aysha worked in several different projects for Boeing and Airbus parts. She was an active member in the A350 project team to establish a process which generates high quality composite manufacturing data. She was a key member in the SDP1 Strata Design Project 1 that followed the design process from concept to final design review by creating the ply definition and the solid model. Aysha completed her Master of Engineering Management Degree from UAE University in February 2018. Aysha’s interest is in the design process for composite components.

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Development of a Design Division for an Industry: A Capstone Project in a Master of Engineering Management Program Master of Engineering Management programs cover a wide variety of courses and as a result. Capstone projects in a Master of Engineering Management program are unique. They however are aimed to provide the learning experience on using their knowledge to solve a real life problem. Case study method has been developed to train the students in applying the subject matter learned in various courses. Diagnosis is the production of knowledge by systematically analyzing the available data. The analysis helps to produce a coherent strategy and to determine the means to implement this strategy. By conducting a wide range of case analysis the student learns how to conduct these analyses and to generate various strategies. During the first half of the semester capstone students in the Master of Engineering Management program at X university are trained in analysis of cases from a variety of branches of the EMBOK. In the second half they are requested to design the system of such an organization. The paper describes the work by a group of students who studied the engineering design process in the product development and marketing course. They apply that knowledge and the experience gained from case analyses to develop a strategy to open up a Design Department for a large local industry. The method adopted by them and the lessons learned will be described in the paper.

Sivaloganathan, S., & Al Omari, S. B., & Al Ameri, A. (2018, June), Development of a Design Division for an Industry: A Capstone Project in a Master's of Engineering Management Program Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30321

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