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Incorporating Standards Into Capstone Design Courses

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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10.746.1 - 10.746.10



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William Kelly

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Theodore A. Bickart

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Pamela Suett

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Session xxxx

Incorporating Standards in Capstone Design Courses William E. Kelly, Theodore A. Bickart, Pamela Suett The Catholic University of America/ Colorado School of Mines/ The American National Standards Institute


The ABET Criteria for Engineering programs require students to incorporate engineering standards in the culminating design experience; recent changes continue this requirement.1 The United States National Standards Strategy (NSS) calls for increased efforts to educate future leaders in engineering, business and public policy on the value and importance of standards.2 The NSS was developed by a diverse group of government and private sector representatives from industry, government, trade and professional societies, and consumer organizations. It is currently being updated and will likely call for increased education on standards and the increasingly important role they play in regulation and commerce at the global level. There is a unique opportunity for the standards community to assist academe in incorporating engineering standards in undergraduate engineering curricula and at the same time accomplish one of the goals of the NSS.

The purpose of this paper is to outline the ABET requirement to include standards in engineering design and ongoing activities in the standards community to assist and support this. It will be shown that there are extensive materials readily available to assist faculty members in including engineering standards in the major design experience including a new standards workshop that was offered for the first time at a regional ASEE meeting in fall 2004. It will also be shown that engineering standards have broader implications and that developing an awareness of these aspects can contribute to a student's general education.

ABET requirements

Criterion 4 of the Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs requires students to incorporate engineering standards and multiple realistic constraints in the culminating major design experience. Criterion 3 requires that students consider realistic constraints from a suggested list of eight that includes environmental, health and safety – which are commonly the subject of standards, codes and technical regulations that influence design, manufacturing, construction or use.

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Kelly, W., & Bickart, T. A., & Suett, P. (2005, June), Incorporating Standards Into Capstone Design Courses Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14650

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