Asee peer logo

Exposing Sophomore Students to Engineering Design Using an Innovative Project-Based Learning Approach

Download Paper |


2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Mechanics Division Technical Session 5

Tagged Division


Page Count




Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Hamed Samandari Miami University

visit author page

Dr. Hamed Samandari is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department at Miami University. Dr. Samandari also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Engineering Technology Department at the Miami’s regional campus. Prior to his appointment with Miami, he spent a year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Hamed received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees, all in Mechanical Engineering, form Isfahan University of Technology in Iran, University of Tabriz in Iran, and Middle East Technical University in Turkey, respectively.

visit author page


Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh Miami University Orcid 16x16

visit author page

Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh is the James A. Myers Endowed Assistant Professor at the Department of Engineering Technology at Miami University. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from University of Tabriz, Iran, and her PhD from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, all in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Miami University, she spent a year as a postdoctoral research associate and a lecturer at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

visit author page

Download Paper |


This study presents a teaching methodology developed through a 3-year-long iterative-study in order to incorporate hands-on experiences in engineering courses and expose sophomore students to engineering design. Sophomore engineering technology students enrolled in a 200-level Computer Aided Design course participated in this study. An innovative Project-Based-Learning (PBL) approach with an embedded Agile Project Management (APM) is implemented to promote skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and self-management. These are skills that students need to have to succeed in senior capstone projects or in professional practice. APM is used to respond to students’ struggles with PBL’s project management. APM is an iterative approach with ability to respond to issues as they arise throughout the course of the project. In this approach, students performed a series of agile rituals such as showcases, retrospectives, stand-up meetings and iteration reviews.

Samandari, H., & Seyed-Aghazadeh, B. (2019, June), Exposing Sophomore Students to Engineering Design Using an Innovative Project-Based Learning Approach Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32822

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2019 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015