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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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