June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Diversity and Corporate Member Council
26.893.1 - 26.893.9
ASEE 2015 Annual Conference Community Engagement in Engineering Education (CEED) Title: Industry and Academic Partners in Senior Design for Student SuccessAbstract:The School of Engineering offers a general B.S. in Engineering that recently received ABETaccreditation. This young program has experienced explosive early growth in enrollment fromthe previous years and achieved an 84% retention rate. It is the only four-year Engineeringdegree offered at a public institution within 150 miles of the local metropolitan area. The heartof our partnership with industry for student success is the Engineering Senior Design Project. Aone-semester internship and the two-semester design project requirement provide the program areason to engage and involve industry partners. Students typically complete their internship withan engineering firm prior to their senior year. During the internship, they often identify a SeniorDesign Project. When this occurs, the company’s project manager oversees project progress andthe obtaining of the company’s objectives. On the academic side, a project advisor coordinateswith the company to ensure that the project meets all of the engineering programs StudentOutcomes and Learning Objectives. The collaboration between the School of Engineering andthe local community has been positive and very successful. In this paper, several Senior DesignProjects are discussed. The assessment and evaluation of ABET Student Outcomes using theSenior Design course is presented and discussed as a means of directly measuring curriculumsuccess. Engineering’s Senior Design Project course has had a direct impact on the localcommunity, often with a significant return on investment for industrial partners. Thesignificance of this community engagement has resulted not only in the employment of most ofour seniors at graduation, but also in the program’s rapid growth.
Shin, I., & McDonald, B. J., & Zbeeb, K., & Pratt, W. F. (2015, June), Impact on the Local Industry and Student’s Success from Integration of Internship and Senior Design Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24230
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