New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Design in Engineering Education
Engineering faculty responsible for leading capstone projects are often faced with challenges in defining project topics for students. There is an ongoing need for developing new project topics that can be tackled by teams of upper-division undergraduate students. In contrast, a small startup company often faces an overwhelming number of engineering tasks given limited resources to accomplish them. During early phases of establishing a profitable business, the small company may have many investigational type engineering projects that are needed but often left unsolved due to constraints in engineering resources. Some of these small-scale and yet critical projects are very suitable to be undertaken by students in their last academic year. The students can apply knowledge learned from the engineering curriculum to real-world projects in their senior capstone design class. This paper focuses on discussing our classroom experiences in integrating industry sponsored projects from a small startup company into a senior capstone design course in a computer engineering program. The capstone design course builds upon fundamentals of an ABET accredited computer engineering curriculum. The design course simulates real-world project experiences and offers an opportunity for students to learn new skill sets including the design, debug, build, and test of prototype systems as well as oral communications and knowledge in engineering ethics from a team oriented environment. The industry sponsor also benefits from the deliverables of each project. Details of sample projects and feedback from students in meeting course objectives are discussed in this paper.
Peng, A. S., & Eickhoff, B., & Baltaci, K., & Zhan, L., & Nelson, R. M. (2016, June), Experiences in Developing a Computer Engineering Capstone Design Course with a Start-up Company Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26810
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