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Incorporating Engineering Challenges into Capstone Design and Senior Project Courses

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Capstone and Senior Design Projects Session

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Engineering Technology

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23.730.1 - 23.730.17



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Martin William Weiser Eastern Washington University

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Martin Weiser is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering and Design Department at Eastern Washington University. He earned his BS in Ceramic Engineering from the Ohio State University and his MS and PhD in Materials Science and Mineral Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He then joined the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of New Mexico where he taught Materials Science, Thermodynamics, Manufacturing Engineering, and Technical Communication. Martin then joined Johnson Matthey Electronics/Honeywell Electronic Materials where he held positions in Technical Service, Product Management, Six Sigma, and Research & Development. He is an inventor on a dozen patents and patent applications and has published over 30 papers and book chapters on topics including ceramic processing, Pb-free solder development, experimental design, and biomechanics. His current research focuses on rocket propellant characterization, fin flutter, and heat transfer.

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Hani Serhal Saad Eastern Washington University

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N.M. Awlad HOSSAIN Eastern Washington University

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Incorporating Engineering Challenges into Capstone Design and Senior Project CoursesThe Engineering & Design Department of our institution recently added a MechanicalEngineering (ME) degree to the existing Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program.The ME program is more theoretical and requires more advanced mathematics where the METprogram is more hands-on with mathematics requirements up to Calculus II. However, theprograms are taught side-by-side and complement each other. When we developed the MEprogram we wanted to maintain as much of the strong hands-on aspect of MET program.Therefore, we teach the required Capstone Design and Senior project courses with a mix of MEand MET students. Prior to creating the ME program, we taught these courses to a mixture ofMET, Applied Technology, and Manufacturing option students where the emphasis was given onproduct development and completion of a small production run. With the development of newME program, we decided to teach these classes with combination of ME and MET students andtake advantages of strong research and development approach. We designed the stronger R&Dapproach to expose the MET students to applications of the theories taught to the ME students.On the other hand, we expose the ME students to the hands-on shop skills involved in prototypedevelopment taught to the MET students. We have taught these courses four times with the newR&D focus, and would like to present our findings and plans.

Weiser, M. W., & Saad, H. S., & HOSSAIN, N. A. (2013, June), Incorporating Engineering Challenges into Capstone Design and Senior Project Courses Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19744

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