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Implementation of a Design Spine for a Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Design Throughout the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

Tagged Division

Mechanical Engineering

Page Count

22

Page Numbers

26.903.1 - 26.903.22

DOI

10.18260/p.24240

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https://peer.asee.org/24240

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145

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Kenneth Lulay University of Portland

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BSME, University of Portland, 1984
MSME, University of Portland, 1987
PhD, University of Washington, 1990
Hyster Co., 1984-1987
Boeing 1990-1998
Associate Prof, University of Portland, Current

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Heather Dillon University of Portland Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4467-2306

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Dr. Heather Dillon is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Portland. Her teaching focuses on thermodynamics, heat transfer, renewable energy, and optimization of energy systems. She currently leads a research team working on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and fundamental heat transfer. Before joining the university, Heather Dillon worked for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a senior research engineer.

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Timothy A. Doughty University of Portland

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Dr. Timothy A. Doughty received his BS and MS from Washington State University in Mechanical and Materials Engineering and his Ph. D. from Purdue University. He has taught at Purdue, Smith College, and is now an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Portland. From 2009 to 2001 he served as a Faculty Scholar with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and has served as the Dundon-Berchtold Fellow of Ethics for the Donald. P. Shiley School of Engineering. His research is in nonlinear vibrations as it applies to structural health monitoring, and assistive technology. He is currently working on grants related to teaching in STEM fields and laboratory curricular development and is active in developing international research opportunities for undergraduates.

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Deborah S. Munro University of Portland

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Deborah is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and teaches statics, strength of materials, finite element analysis, biomechanics, automated manufacturing, CAD, and capstone design. She spent multiple years in the orthopedic medical device industry prior to joining academia.

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Shazib Z. Vijlee University of Portland Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-9356-9041

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Dr. Shazib "Shaz" Vijlee earned BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He then spent three years at Boeing Phantom Works in Seattle, WA. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2014 and joined the faculty at the University of Portland in 2014. He spent several summers as a visiting engineer/researcher with the Sandia National Labs and the AIr Force Research Labs. His primary research deals with combustion and alternative fuels.

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Abstract

Implementation  of  a  Design  Spine  for  a  Mechanical  Engineering  Curriculum    The  purpose  of  this  paper  is  to  explain  the  approach  taken  to  develop  a  “design  spine”  within  our  mechanical  engineering  curriculum.    Developing  a  design  spine  started  as  a  discussion  about  the  ASME  Vision  2030  document,  which  encourages  programs  to  provide  design  experience  throughout  all  four  years  of  the  curriculum.    Towards  this  end,  the  mechanical  engineering  faculty  reviewed  our  curriculum  and  identified  where  and  how  we  do  teach  engineering  design  in  lecture  courses,  laboratories,  and  in  the  capstone  design  courses.    We  recognized  that  many  design  elements  are  already  incorporated  throughout  the  curriculum  but  we  needed  to  approach  design  in  a  more  systematic  manner.    The  very  meaning  of  “engineering  design”  does  not  enjoy  universal  definition.    For  our  purposes,  we  used  the  ABET  Criterion  5  definition  and  original  ABET  2000  requirements.        After  the  design  spine  was  completed  by  the  faculty,  a  survey  of  senior  students  was  administered  to  evaluate  the  effectiveness  of  the  design  spine.  Student  survey  responses  are  analyzed  and  a  map  for  developing  a  design  spine  at  other  universities  is  provided.  

Lulay, K., & Dillon, H., & Doughty, T. A., & Munro, D. S., & Vijlee, S. Z. (2015, June), Implementation of a Design Spine for a Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24240

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