San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
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From the Industry to the Student: Project Management of an Industry-Sponsored Multidisciplinary Capstone ProjectThe [Institution Center] at [Institution] has offered, through its Multidisciplinary EngineeringCapstone Design Program a broad range of opportunities for engineering and non-engineeringstudents by incorporating authentic industry-sponsored projects into the curriculum. Theprogram provides students the opportunity to apply their education and develop professionalskills in real-world problems. The program provides opportunities to incorporate differentstudent and industry interests through its four sub-programs; Industry-Sponsored Projects,Industry-Sponsored Product Design Projects; Social Innovation and Commercialization; andJoint Mechanical/Bio-medical Projects.The program enriches the learning experiences of the students by providing an opportunity forstudent design teams to contribute to real industry products. This is further emphasized by directstudent team interactions with the company. Industry sponsors provide domain specificknowledge through all aspects of the design process; and are involved through regularlyscheduled meetings and project design reviews throughout the design process.Students experience the complete design cycle including define problem, createrequirements/specifications, create design concepts, create detail design solution, buildprototype, validate design, refine design and implement design. Professional skills aredeveloped by improving the students' awareness of engineering practices through developingskills that include communication, engineering ethics, professional presentation and etiquette,and project management.This paper provides an overview of project management requirements, techniques, and teachingstrategies to enrich the learning experiences through the aforementioned course sequencemethodologies for an automotive industry-sponsored capstone design project. The points-of-view of an industry sponsor, academic program coordinator, project faculty advisor, and theengineering student will be examined. This project, specifically provided a balance between aninitially open-ended natured design project that led into a more detailed convergent designprocess; and offered student development in engineering intuition through theinductive/deductive processes, using computationally and experimentally wind tunnel gatheredand analyzed data. It will be discussed in detail.The students point-of-view of project management and techniques necessary to provide theindustry with a design, while meeting the requirements and deliverables from the programcoordinator and faculty advisor, will be included;"... the key to make the project a success, was tohave great communications with not only other team mates but also with the advisor, thecoordinator and the company. The project helped develop our professional skills in engineeringwith written deliverables, presenting our findings in a professional manner, and understandingthe industry’s standard for testing and learning from the results."
Allenstein, J. T., & Whitfield, C. A., & Rhoads, B. (2012, June), From the Industry to the Student: Project Management of an Industry-sponsored Multidisciplinary Capstone Project Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21414
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