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Impact on the Local Industry and Student’s Success from Integration of Internship and Senior Design

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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

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Diversity and Corporate Member Council

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26.893.1 - 26.893.9



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Il-Seop Shin Western Illinois University, Quad Cities

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Il-Seop Shin received the B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California State University, Fresno in 1997, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1999 and 2007, respectively.
In 2007, he joined Biomedical Sensing and Signal Processing research center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as a postdoctoral research associate. He also worked as a mixed-signal CMOS Integrated Circuit designer and a system engineer at NewLANS, Inc. in Acton, Massachusetts until 2010. He became a Visiting Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida in 2010. Since August 2012, he has been with the School of Engineering at Western Illinois University, Quad Cities as an Assistant Professor of Engineering.
His current academic interests include project-based learning with real-world problems, training in critical thinking for students to improve efficient problem solving skills, and enhancement of interactive teaching/learning inside and outside classroom. His main research interests are integration of high performance sensors into mechatronic systems, development of mechatronic systems using biomechanics such as surface Electromyography, and implementation of intelligent microelectronic networks for multidisciplinary applications. Dr. Shin is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and American Society for Engineering Education.

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Blair J. McDonald P.E. Western Illinois University

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Dr. Blair J. McDonald, Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois; PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah; Professional Engineer and Licensed Land Surveyor in Utah.

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Khaled Zbeeb Western Illinois University

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Dr. Khaled Zbeeb received his PhD and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in 2011 and 2009 respectively. He also received his Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1992. While pursuing his graduate degrees at FAU, Dr. Zbeeb taught various mechanical engineering classes including Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Engineering Graphics. In 2012, he joined Western Illinois University as an assistant professor, and he has been teaching there the following courses:
• Thermodynamics
• Heat Transfer
• Thermo-Fluids
• Dynamics
• Engineering Graphics
• Computational Methods in Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
• Fluid Mechanics.
• Finite Element Method

Dr. Zbeeb’s research devotes itself to the theoretical and computational modeling of thermo fluid and energy systems. His interests span both low and high speed fluid mechanics, multiphase flows, hydrodynamic and acoustic instabilities, engine internal flow fields, vorticity dynamics, combustion, alternative fuels and CFD. His research activities since 2008 have materialized in over twenty publications in first-rate journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings. His work on flow modeling for two after-bodies trapped vortex combustion has led to the establishment for new design correlations for the TVC technology. His research interests focus on CFD, thermal fluids, heat transfer, energy and alternative fuel.

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William F. Pratt Western Illinois University

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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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