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Examining the Impacts of a Multidisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design ProgramThe [Institution Center] at [Institution] offers students through its Multidisciplinary EngineeringCapstone Design Program, a broad range of opportunities for both engineering and non-engineering students to work directly with industry personnel on company-sponsored productand process design projects. The [Institution Center] provides students an opportunity to applytheir academics and practical skills to real-world problems while working on a multidisciplinaryteam. The program has been arranged as a two-semester design sequence beginning with a pre-capstone course for the first seven week of the semester. After completion of the pre-capstonecourse, students are distributed into teams and assigned a faculty advisor and an industry liaisonto ensure success of the project.The program is set to enrich the learning experience by providing the students an opportunity towork with industry while applying their academic background. The program covers all aspectsof the engineering design process and helps demonstrate the importance of several criticalprofessional skills such as; further developing the students’ technical oral and writtencommunication, develop professional and working relations between team members, project andtime management, ethics, and a broad understanding of relationship of business, engineering, anddesign elements. The program provides an opportunity for student design teams to contribute toreal industry products by experiencing the complete design cycle which includes; defining theproblem, creating the requirements, creating design concepts, developing detailed specifications,creating a detailed design solution, building a prototype, validating the design, refining thedesign, documenting the design process and identifying future recommendations.To determine the value of this educational experience, an alumni-based survey was distributed topost graduates who completed the multidisciplinary capstone program. The survey focused onthe initial and potentially lasting effects of the multidisciplinary capstone and its impact on thepost graduates in their career. The survey includes both learning objectives of the program aswell as industry focus areas in the initial interview process of the student. The results from thesurvey will be used to continue to improve the multidisciplinary industry-sponsored program tomeet both the program learning objectives and provide a well-rounded and positivemultidisciplinary industry-sponsored experience for the students.
Allenstein, J. T., & Rhoads, B., & Rogers, P., & Whitfield, C. A. (2013, June), Examining the Impacts of a Multidisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design Program Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19574
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