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Expanding and Improving the Integration of Multidisciplinary Projects in a Capstone Senior Design Course: Experience Gained and Future Plans

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Conference

2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Capstone Design

Tagged Division

Multidisciplinary Engineering

Page Count

21

Page Numbers

24.566.1 - 24.566.21

DOI

10.18260/1-2--20457

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https://peer.asee.org/20457

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110

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Michael P. Frank FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

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Dr. Michael P. Frank has been coordinating the involvement of Electrical and Computer Engineering students in the Senior Design program at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering since 2011. He previously advised several individual senior design teams as an assistant professor in the ECE department during the period 2004-2007. Prior to that, he coached several industry-sponsored multidisciplinary senior design teams in the Integrated Product and Process Design honors program at the University of Florida's College of Engineering, when he was as an assistant professor in the department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering there, during the period 1999-2004. He received his B.Sci. from Stanford University in 1991, and completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at M.I.T. in 1999.

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Kamal E. Amin Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Over 35 years industrial experience with 3M Company, Norton Co., and Bendix/ Allied Corp. and around 9 years academic experience at several universities including FSU, WPI, Univ. Massachusetts, Wayne State Univ. Lawrence Inst. of Technology, and supervised MS theses.
Was jointly awarded several multiyear, multimillion dollars contracts from the Department of Energy, DOE, the Department of Defense (DARPA/ ARPA), and several CRETA ones (jointly with both Oak Ridge National Lab, ORNL, and Argonne National Lab, ANL).
The author holds 6 patents, over 20 record of invention, several individual and corporate awards, over 50 publications/ presentations, and chaired several sessions at international conferences, and served on couple of standardization committees.
Areas of expertise and interest include cost-effective manufacturing, product, process, and material design and development, process modeling, nondestructive evaluation and sensors, improved performance and capacity of transmission lines, six-sigma, Design for Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, QFD, Statistics, project management, consulting, and holding workshops on team building, leadership, and creativity and innovation.
Presently teaching engineering design methods, and coordinating/ co supervising, and instructing senor design classes and projects.

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Okenwa I. Okoli Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Sungmoon Jung Ph.D. FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

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Dr. Jung joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering in August 2008, after working at Caterpillar Champaign Simulation Center as a staff engineer for two and half years. Dr. Jung’s research interests include wind engineering, wind energy, structural health monitoring, and nonlinear finite element analysis. Dr. Jung is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award titled “Offshore Wind Turbines Subjected to Hurricanes: Simulation of Wind-Wave-Structure Interaction and Aerodynamic Load Reduction”.

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Robert A. Van Engelen Florida State University

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Dr. Robert van Engelen is professor and chair in the department of Computer
Science at the Florida State University. Van Engelen received the B.S. and the
M.S. in Computer Science from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in 1994 and
the Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer
Science (LIACS) at Leiden University, the Netherlands, in 1998. His research
interest include Programming Languages and Compilers, High-Performance
Computing, Problem-Solving Environments for Scientific Computing, Cloud
Computing, Services Computing, and Bayesian Networks. Van Engelen's research
has been recognized with awards and sponsorships from the US National Science
Foundation and the US Department of Energy Early Career PI award. He
published over 80 refereed technical publications in reputable international
conferences and journals, He serves as a member of the editorial board on the IEEE
Transactions on Services Computing journal and has served on over 40 technical program
committees for international conferences/workshops. Van Engelen is a senior
member of the ACM and IEEE member.

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Chiang Shih Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Dr. Chiang Shih is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Aerospace Engineering Department at University of Southern California in 1988. He has served as the department Chair from 2002 until 2011 and is currently the Director of the Aeropropulsion, Mechatronics and Energy Center established in 2012. He is also the coordinator of the ME Senior Capstone Design Curriculum since 2008.

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Abstract

Expanding and Improving the Integration of Multidisciplinary Projects in a Capstone Senior Design Course: Experience Gained and Future Plans Over the last several years, the multidisciplinary capstone Senior Design Project programimplemented by the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and ComputerEngineering, and Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at our College of Engineering hascontinued to expand and improve, in terms of the number of multidisciplinary project teams, thedegree of coordination between departments, the rigor of the structured engineering designprocess, and the excellence of the project outcomes. Important features of our program include: (1) a two-semester structured engineeringdesign sequence, with regular design-review checkpoints at which students receive feedback ontheir written reports and oral presentations from multidisciplinary groups of faculty reviewers;(2) the inclusion of many projects sponsored by external clients/customers, including establishedindustrial firms, new entrepreneurial ventures, and research institutions (both governmentagencies/labs and academic science departments); (3) international collaborations throughstudent exchange programs and partnerships with foreign universities in several countries; (4)ongoing participation in regional, national, and international engineering design competitions. Several new milestones in the evolution of our program have been attained in recentyears, including a first-place victory in a regional competition (SoutheastCon), the success ofseveral industry-sponsored teams in developing viable commercializable products, and theexpansion of our multidisciplinary program to include students from an increasing number ofdifferent departments, with several students from the Civil and Environmental Engineering andComputer Science departments newly participating on our multidisciplinary teams this year. In this paper, we review the development and present structure of our multidisciplinaryprogram, discuss some of the administrative challenges faced and lessons learned in the courseof our interdepartmental collaboration, and present our vision for making this program evenmore successful and well-integrated in the future, through enhancements such as improvedsynchronization of schedules and standardization of assignment requirements betweendepartments.

Frank, M. P., & Amin, K. E., & Okoli, O. I., & Jung, S., & Van Engelen, R. A., & Shih, C. (2014, June), Expanding and Improving the Integration of Multidisciplinary Projects in a Capstone Senior Design Course: Experience Gained and Future Plans Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20457

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