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Industry University Partnership in Senior Capstone Design Course The article will describe the restructuring of a two semester senior level capstone design course(Senior Design I and II) in order to assure outcomes defined by the industry to assure job readyengineers and outcomes set by the academicians to assure math and science based fundamentals.The department offers programs in civil engineering and construction engineering. Bothprogram curriculums require a two semester course on a comprehensive design application. Thecourses are designed to meet specific ABET outcomes of A, C, D, F, G, and H. Also to meet anadditional program outcome of: students are able to explain basic concepts in management,business, public policy and leadership.In response to various constituent feedbacks, the course sequence has been redesigned for firstoffering during the Fall 2009. The restructuring purpose was to align the course outcomes withthe college mission of graduating ‘Career- Ready’ engineers. The course is restructured to bringtogether industry and academia to enable the civil and construction engineers of the future toattain real life experiences through these partnerships. The first step was to partner withengineering companies, contractors and governmental agencies from around the State. Duringthe first semester of Senior Design these partnerships produce real life projects sponsored by thevarious firms and agencies. Within this first semester, students form teams then choose fromthese projects their Senior Design Project. The project scopes vary greatly and contain most allelements of the civil and construction engineering profession. Once projects are selected bystudent teams, industry assigns a project sponsors to establish a client/consultant relationship.This emulates the business would by the sponsor becoming the client that has sent out a “Requestfor Proposals” (RFP) for their proposed project. The student team responds as a consultant,proposing on the project. They then write a project proposal to send to the client forconsideration to hire their firm to design the proposed project. Each proposal contains elementsof real life proposals such as project understanding, scope of work, deliverables, production workschedule and their team’s expertise. Each student team is also assigned a faculty sponsor toassure that the project meets the academic deliverables. The faculty advisors emphasize activelearning, and experience with state‐of-the‐art modeling, analysis and design tools. The industryproject sponsor emphasizes integrating design, regulations, specifications and codes,construction (implementation), and business realities.The article will also describe the student and sponsor feedback collected following the first twoofferings of the course sequence.
Aktan, H. M., & Polasek, J. S., & Phillips, K. J. (2011, June), Industry University Partnership in Senior Capstone Design Course Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18153
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