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Embedding Engineering Management Into Product Design Education

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Focus on Undergraduate Impact

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7.469.1 - 7.469.8



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Gul Okudan Kremer

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Session 1327

Embedding Engineering Management into Product Design Education

Gül E. Okudan and Richard Devon

Department of Engineering Design and Graphics The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 16802

Abstract __ This paper first discusses the evolution of the Introduction to Engineering Design and Graphics course (ED&G 100) at the Pennsylvania State University from a skill development course to a product design oriented course. Then, it focuses on embedding engineering management subjects to the course due to new needs and necessities. Project management, teamwork training, motivation and decision-making are some of these subjects. The progression of embedment over three-semesters is presented along with brief design project explanations. Unsolicited student comments that are collected during teaching evaluations are also presented as an indication of improved student satisfaction.

Index Terms __ Engineering management, and product design education.

I. Introduction

An integrated project team (IPT) is a multidisciplinary, relatively autonomous, project oriented work team [1]. IPTs are used in industry, not only to increase productivity in solving problems but also to form and sustain strategic capabilities through employee learning. New product development is one application area where the utilization of IPTs is regarded as critical to the formation of strategic product development capabilities [2,3,4]. To prepare students for similar problem solving responsibilities and to foster engineering principles learning, a comparable approach to IPTs is currently used for several sections of the ED&G 100 course at the Pennsylvania State University.

ED&G 100 is a first year engineering course with an enrollment of more than 400 students each semester. The major course objective is to develop sound problem solving skills early on in the student’s education. This is accomplished through skill development focused on two design projects. The first design project involves building a weighing system using strain gages and beams. After a series of guided, hands-on experiments and lectures on the mechanical behavior of materials, four-person design teams are asked to build a weighing system that can accurately weigh objects within a specific weight range to a specified resolution. Team performance for this design project is measured via design demonstrations, and an evaluation of each team’s design report.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society from Engineering Education

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Okudan Kremer, G. (2002, June), Embedding Engineering Management Into Product Design Education Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10246

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