Asee peer logo

Freshmen Senior Collaboration In A Capstone Design Course

Download Paper |


2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

Start Date

June 16, 2002

End Date

June 19, 2002



Conference Session

Capstone Mechanical Engineering Design

Page Count


Page Numbers

7.580.1 - 7.580.9



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

William Janna

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Main Menu Session 3566


William S. Janna, John I. Hochstein, Michael Racer, Anna Phillips, Hsiang H. Lin

Herff College of Engineering The University of Memphis Memphis TN 38152

ABSTRACT An innovative capstone design course titled “Design of Fluid Thermal Systems,” involves groups of seniors working on various semester-long design projects. Groups are composed of 3, 4 or 5 members that bid competitively on various projects. Once projects are awarded, freshmen enrolled in the “Introduction to Mechanical Engineering” courses are assigned to work with the senior design teams. The senior teams function like small consulting companies that employ co- operative education students; e.g., the freshmen.

One of the objectives of building this collaboration is a desire to increase the retention rate of the freshmen by involving them with the seniors in what appears to be some interesting design work. Additionally, the seniors benefit by developing the ability to communicate their ideas to a non- technical audience as their design work progresses.

At the conclusion of the semester, an assessment was made of this program to determine its effects as perceived by the senior students with the following findings: • Overall, the seniors perceived the freshman-senior interaction as a rewarding experience • The seniors perceived their freshmen partners as able to make useful contributions. • The seniors gained an appreciation of management theory through coordinating their freshmen partners. • The seniors did not perceive they were able to positively influence the freshmen regarding retention in engineering. • The seniors recommended that the program be continued in the future.

Results of several specific design projects are highlighted, and the freshman-senior interaction is described.

BACKGROUND “Design of Fluid Thermal Systems” is a senior-level, capstone design course at the University of Memphis. Students in this course are divided into groups of 3, 4 or 5 members who work together as a team on a design project. Selected projects are presented to the design teams who

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

Main Menu

Janna, W. (2002, June), Freshmen Senior Collaboration In A Capstone Design Course Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11073

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: © 2002 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