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Enabling Institute-wide Multidisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design Experiences

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Capstone Design

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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24.478.1 - 24.478.12



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Amit Shashikant Jariwala Georgia Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Jariwala is the Director of Design & Innovation for the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Production Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India with honors in 2005 and received Masters of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2007 from IIT Bombay, India. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2013, with minors in Entrepreneurship. Dr. Jariwala has more than nine years of research experience in modeling, simulation, engineering design, and manufacturing process development, with research focus on design of polymer based micro additive manufacturing process. During his Ph.D. studies, he was also a participant of the innovative TI:GER® program (funded by NSF:IGERT), which prepares students to commercialize high impact scientific research results. Dr. Jariwala has participated and led several research projects from funded by NSF, the State of Georgia and Industry sponsors. At Georgia Tech, he is responsible for enhancing corporate support for design courses, managing design and fabrication/prototyping facilities, coordinating the design competitions/expo and teaching design courses, with a strong focus on creating and enabling multidisciplinary educational experiences.

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Sarvagya Vaish Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

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David W. Rosen Georgia Institute of Technology

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Enabling Institute-wide Multidisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design Experiences This paper presents an overview of the challenges and solutions with which the author’sInstitute is experimenting for successful implementation of a multidisciplinary capstone designprogram. Specifically, the paper focuses on the proposed course design and pathways forimplementation of the course across various engineering schools within the College ofEngineering at the Institute.The author’s Institute is currently conducting a unique experiment by offering an Institute-widespecial topics Interdisciplinary Capstone design course. All schools within various colleges ofthe Institute have the option to opt into the course and it has been currently approved as asubstitute to existing traditional capstone design courses in the Schools of MechanicalEngineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering and the department of BiomedicalEngineering. This paper presents the design of a minimalistic syllabus and course structure thatenables students to work in a multidisciplinary team while allowing them to satisfy their homeschool requirements.In the absence of a multidisciplinary capstone design course, the transition from traditionalmono-disciplinary capstone design course raises issues of managing faculty teachingexpectations, providing administrative support to faculty and student teams and formingmultidisciplinary functional student teams. In order to assist with resolving these issues, anonline portal was developed with an objective to support the implementation of multidisciplinarycapstone design projects. Faculty and student feedback was solicited in order to conceptualizeand develop the website to support the entire process of how a multidisciplinary project could becreated and presented, how a student team from various schools would form and, finally, howfaculty would accept (or potentially reject) the project and the teams. This paper presents thedesign of this web portal along with a discussion on the scope for further improvement.

Jariwala, A. S., & Vaish, S., & Rosen, D. W. (2014, June), Enabling Institute-wide Multidisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design Experiences Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20369

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