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Development of an Entrepreneurial Mind-set within a Three-Semester Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Sequence Based on the SAE Collegiate Design Series

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Mechanical Engineering Division Technical Session 11

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Mechanical Engineering

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18

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https://peer.asee.org/32651

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James A. Mynderse Lawrence Technological University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3297-6636

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James A. Mynderse, PhD is an Associate Professor in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. His research interests include mechatronics, dynamic systems, and control with applications to piezoelectric actuators, hysteresis, and perception. He serves as the faculty advisor for the LTU Baja SAE team.

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Liping Liu Lawrence Technological University

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Liping Liu is an Associate Professor in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. Her research focuses on thermal sciences and energy systems, with special interest in addressing transport phenomena in energy processes. She is a member of ASEE, ASME, and SAE International.

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Andrew L. Gerhart Lawrence Technological University

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Andrew Gerhart, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. He is actively involved in ASEE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Engineering Society of Detroit. He serves as Faculty Advisor for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Student Chapter at LTU, chair of the First Year Engineering Experience committee, chair for the LTU KEEN Course Modification Team, chair for the LTU Leadership Curriculum Committee, supervisor of the LTU Thermo-Fluids Laboratory, coordinator of the Certificate/Minor in Aeronautical Engineering, and faculty advisor of the LTU SAE Aero Design Team. Dr. Gerhart conducts workshops on active, collaborative, and problem-based learning, entrepreneurial mindset education, creative problem solving, and innovation. He is an author of a fluid mechanics textbook.

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Robert W. Fletcher Lawrence Technological University

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Robert Fletcher joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Lawrence Technological University in the summer of 2003, after two decades of various industry engineering positions in research, and product development.

Dr. Fletcher earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, in Seattle, and the Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of Michigan.

He teaches a number of alternative energy courses at Lawrence Tech. Dr. Fletcher and his student research team is focusing on energy usage and efficiencies of several traditional and alternative energy systems.

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Hamid Vejdani Lawrence Technological University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5352-9846

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Hamid Vejdani, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. His research interests include dynamical modeling, control and robotics.

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Wuming Jing Lawrence Technological University

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Wuming Jing received his B.S. and M.S. from Harbin Institute of Technology, China and Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, in 2006 and 2009, respectively, both in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2013, also majored in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on microrobotics. He continued microrobotic research at Purdue University as postdoctoral associate before joining LTU at 2016. At LTU, he teaches mechanical and robotic courses. His research interest is on the novel robotics on micro-scales, especially meeting the engineering challenges.

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Kingman E. Yee Lawrence Technological University

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Kingman Yee is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and the program director for the Master of Science in Automotive Engineering. In addition, he is faculty co-advisor for the Collegiate Chapter of SAE and the Blue Devil Motorsports Organization.

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Abstract

Mechanical engineering seniors at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) complete a capstone design project: either an SAE collegiate design series (CDS) competition or an industry-sponsored project (ISP). Starting in 2015, the LTU CDS advisors worked together to redesign the five-credit three-semester sequence. The overall goals of the modifications were to improve student design, project management and communication skills; integrate SAE CDS projects into the actual class time; and increase faculty advisor involvement in the classroom. In parallel with senior design modifications, faculty recently completed a multiyear process to incorporate active and collaborative learning (ACL), problem-based learning (PBL), and entrepreneurially minded learning (EML) into the engineering curriculum. Leveraging the curriculum-wide course modifications, the CDS advisors also incorporated ACL and EML components into the capstone design changes.

Student demonstration of example behaviors associated with an entrepreneurial mindset were assessed using student surveys in the Introduction to Projects course (the beginning of the sequence) and Competition Projects 2 course (the end of the sequence) at the conclusion of the Spring 2018 semester. The results indicate that the capstone projects are great venues for students to work collaboratively and practice entrepreneurial skills. For example, students have to “integrate information from many sources to gain insight” and need to “persist through failure” throughout this 18 month long project. Most of the students admit that they need to almost always work as a team, and also to “understand the motivations and perspectives of others.” They also agree that through the capstone design project they have improved skills in project organization, time management, and project management. The survey results will be used to guide additional development of classroom materials to better foster the entrepreneurial mindset.

Mynderse, J. A., & Liu, L., & Gerhart, A. L., & Fletcher, R. W., & Vejdani, H., & Jing, W., & Yee, K. E. (2019, June), Development of an Entrepreneurial Mind-set within a Three-Semester Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Sequence Based on the SAE Collegiate Design Series Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32651

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