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Emulating a Consulting Firm in a Classroom Setting for CapstoneCapstone experiences in engineering disciplines vary by school, major, and sub-discipline. Requirements formechanical engineers may include designing and building a prototype, electrical engineers may have to design andbuild a sensor, while computer engineers may have to write an advanced algorithm that monitors changes intemperature. For civil engineers, where the world is their laboratory, it is challenging to find a project that resultsin a real world design at the end of a typical 14 week semester. Moreover, although prototypes can be developed,analyzed, and tested over the course of a semester, civil engineering projects take months if not years to design,vet, and construct. As a result, finding projects that are manageable in one semester is a challenge for civilengineering instructors. Ensuring that the students’ experience is true-to-life, and emulates consulting firms, thetransportation capstone program at Northeastern University (NU) has created a program that benefits thestudents and the surrounding communities. This paper explores the experience of students taking thetransportation capstone at Northeastern University.
Dulaski, D. M. (2013, June), Improving Municipal Infrastructure in Capstone Through a Consulting Firm Model Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19731
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