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Industry University Collaboration On Undergraduate Engineering Design Projects: An Industrial Mentor's Perspective

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Capstone Design and Engineering Practice

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8.702.1 - 8.702.10



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Nathan Adams

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Session 3232

Industry – University Collaboration on Under-Graduate Engineering Design Projects An Industrial Mentor’s Perspective

Nathan G Adams

The Boeing Company


For the past four years the Boeing Company at Mesa Arizona has sponsored several under- graduate engineering design projects including a global engineering design program with Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and Leeds University in the UK. A Global Engineering Design Team, i.e., GEDT, co-sponsored by Rolls-Royce, created project teams comprised of undergraduate engineering students from both universities. The industrial sponsors provided financial grants to the universities to support the projects. In addition, the companies have provided in-plant summer employment for student team members and made available engineering specialists to serve as project mentors.

The GEDT projects have focused on the design and analyses associated with integrating a propulsion engine into a helicopter. The objective of this paper is to summarize the Boeing mentor’s perspective of the projects accomplished by the student teams. The Boeing mentor has served as the project’s engineering technology point of contact.

Boeing’s objective in being an industrial sponsor for university projects has included providing undergraduate engineering students an opportunity to work on real/meaningful engineering projects with guidance from industry mentors. Materials covered in the paper include a very brief overview of three helicopter engine integration projects accomplished by GEDT student teams. Rational for the project selection and scope are discussed. This is followed with a review of and comments on an overall student project model. The paper concludes with a brief discussion on project challenges and lessons learned.

The thoughts and materials presented in this paper are the sole responsibility of the author and are not intended to reflect the interests of Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Arizona State University, and Leeds University.

Projects Review

An objective of the helicopter propulsion system integration projects was to introduce the student teams to real, meaningful engineering design activities that required the application of multiple

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Adams, N. (2003, June), Industry University Collaboration On Undergraduate Engineering Design Projects: An Industrial Mentor's Perspective Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11643

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