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Expansion of the ME/MET Capstone Course from One to Two Quarters

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Design in Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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24.569.1 - 24.569.13



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Martin William Weiser Eastern Washington University

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Martin Weiser is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering and Design Department at Eastern Washington University. He earned his BS in Ceramic Engineering from the Ohio State University and his MS and PhD in Materials Science and Mineral Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He then joined the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of New Mexico where he taught Materials Science, Thermodynamics, Manufacturing Engineering, and Technical Communication. Martin then joined Johnson Matthey Electronics/Honeywell Electronic Materials where he held positions in Technical Service, Product Management, Six Sigma, and Research & Development. He is an inventor on a dozen patents and patent applications and has published over 30 papers and book chapters on topics including ceramic processing, Pb-free solder development, experimental design, and biomechanics. His current research focuses on rocket propellant characterization, fin flutter, and heat transfer.

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Hani Serhal Saad Eastern Washington University


Robert E. Gerlick Eastern Washington University

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Dr. Gerlick is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology at Eastern Washington University. He teaches courses in the areas of Thermodynamics, Fluids, CAD, and Capstone Design.

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The Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Department at EasternWashington University has traditionally taught the Senior Capstone course in a single 10-week quarter. The MEdegree is a relatively new addition to the program and has resulted in more emphasis is placed more on research anddevelopment than production as was done when we only had the MET degree. This has definitely increased thecomplexity of the projects and made it easier to reach out to assist local industry. However, the students must rushthrough some phases of the project in order to obtain the parts they need to build and test their design. As a result,we have converted the single quarter, 7-contact hour course into a two quarter, 8-contact hour course. We willdiscuss the details of why we felt this change was needed and the preliminary results from the first offering of thetwo-quarter sequence.

Weiser, M. W., & Saad, H. S., & Gerlick, R. E. (2014, June), Expansion of the ME/MET Capstone Course from One to Two Quarters Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20460

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