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Experiences with Capstone Projects in a Master of Engineering Management Program: A Case Study

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Engineering Management Division Technical Session 1

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Engineering Management

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26.719.1 - 26.719.15



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Ali Hilal-Alnaqbi United Arab Emirates University

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Dr Ali is an Emirates by birth and a citizenship. He graduated with PhD as a biomedical Engineer from University of Strathclyde in Scotland. Ali is holds a Post-Doc certificate from Harvard. He is a fellow of the BWH in Boston. Ali started his career in 2006 in the UAEU as the assistant professor at the department of mechanical engineering where he is as now works as a department chair and acting assistant dean for research and graduate studies. Ali was promoted to associate rank in 2014. During his stay at UAEU he has worked with many different industries in manufacturing and designing. Dr Ali is a keen researcher in Design and Development. He holds a patent in artificial liver device; no less than 7 distinguish awards and he has published more than 20 papers in reputed journals and conferences.

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Sangarappillai Sivaloganathan United Arab Emirates University

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Dr Sangarappillai Sivaloganathan – Siva is a Srilankan by birth and a citizen of the United Kingdom. His experience in Sri-lanka started with an year’s post-graduate apprenticeship in the manufacturing shops of the Government Railway and nine years in the Cement Industry. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from University of Srilanka, and obtained his Masters from the University of Aston and PhD from City University of London, both in the UK. He started his career in the UK as the Senior Research Assistant at the SERC Engineering Design Centre. He joined Brunel University in 1995 where he worked for 18 years before joining United Arab Emirates University in August 2011. During his stay at Brunel he has worked with many British industries. Dr Sivaloganathan is a keen researcher in Design and was the Convenor for the Engineering Design Conferences in 1998 and 2000. He has published more than 75 papers in reputed journals and conferences.

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Experiences  with  Capstone  Projects  in  a  Master  of  Engineering   Management  Program:  A  case  study      Capstone   course   is   a   one-­‐semester   "putting   it   all   together"   course   that   gives  students   an   opportunity   to   use   their   knowledge   and   skills,collaborate   with   their  peers,  practice  their  presentation  and  organizational  skills  and  ultimately,  showcase  what  they  have  learned  and  achieved  during  their  stay  in  the  master  program.  In  the  meantime  it  gives  the  faculty  the  chance  to  evaluate  whether  the  learning  objectives  set  by  the  faculty,  department  and  university  have  been  met.  The  topics  covered  in  an  Engineering  Management  program  vary  widely  and  often  the  decisions  are  made  reference  to  the  program  constituencies  and  the  society  needs  and  goals.    United   Arab   Emirates   pay   particular   emphasis   on   entrepreneurship   (personal  communication  2014)  and  as  such  the  capstone  project  pays  particular  attention  to  development   of   enterprises.   Furthermore   the   composition   of   the   population   or  demography   suggests   that   the   UAE   nationals   should   be   able   to   start   and   run  successful   technology-­‐based   business   enterprises   to   meet   the   innovation   based  economy   aspirations   of   the   country.   The   objectives   of   the   capstone   course   have  been   developed   to   cater   for   this   and   other   academic   requirements   in   a   Master  program.   The   projects   which   provide   the   learning   experience   and,   being   the  instruments  for  the  integration  of  the  knowledge  and  skills  acquired  through  other  courses   in   the   program,   are   chosen   with   care.   The   project   has   to   tread   through   a  path  that  is,  on  the  one  hand  should  be  unique  to  the  project  catering  the  intricate  details  of  the  project  and,  covering  the  fundamental  steps  necessary  in  the  execution  of   such   a   project,   on   the   other.   The   delivery   method   is   an   important   part   of   the  learning  experience.  The  students  should  be  able  to  learn  from  the  project  of  their  own   and   from   the   projects   executed   by   their   peers.   Assessments   in   the   capstone  project  are  designed  to  be  both  formative  and  summative.  In  the  formative  parts  the  students   get   comprehensive   feedbacks   with   an   opportunity   to   resubmit   while   the  summative   assessments   are   assessed   as   they   are   submitted.   This   paper   describes   all  the   above,   starting   from   the   description   of   the   program   and   going   through  objectives,   project   selection,   typical   stages   or   fundamental   considerations,   delivery  method   of   the   course   and   assessment.   An   analysis   and   evaluation   section   follows  this   identifying   the   achievements   and   methods   to   cherish   and   the   lessons   to   be  learned  and  improvements  needed.    

Hilal-Alnaqbi , A., & Sivaloganathan, S. (2015, June), Experiences with Capstone Projects in a Master of Engineering Management Program: A Case Study Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24056

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