June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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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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