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Institutional Adaptation Of The Greenfield Coalition's Capstone Design Course

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Real-World Manufacturing Education

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7.675.1 - 7.675.7



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Attila Yaprak

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Ece Yaprak

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Mulchand Rathod

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Ece Yaprak, Attila Yaprak, Mulchand S Rathod Division of Engineering Technology/Business School/Division of Engineering Technology Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan


In most capstone design courses, students go through the complete design process starting with a description of the problem and ending with a prototype. Many schools have one or two-semester-long classes where students work in groups or individually. The capstone design course in the Division of Engineering Technology at Wayne State University (WSU) falls into this category. The National Science Foundation funded Greenfield Coalition’ (GC) capstone design course, however, is unique since students are given credit s for their projects based on real-work experiences. This paper discusses how this is done at the Greenfield Coalition and the implications of adapting this course to Wayne State University’ Division of Engineering Technology (ET) curricula. s


The last two decades have been marked by the globalization of markets, technology, and competition. This transformation has necessitated sharpened skills and competencies in engineering applications that are relevant to the business community’ needs. An important s area in which the need for sharper competencies has increased recently is engineering technology. In this context, the many industry-university-government partnerships such as the Greenfield Coalition are emerging as platforms in which resources are leveraged effectively in the journey toward achieving industrial and academic excellence in global competition. The GC is a National Science Foundation funded project, which sets a new paradigm in manufacturing engineering and technology education. One of the key goals of the coalition is the development of experiential, learner-centered curricula designed and delivered through collaboration between university and industry partners. Engineering Technology degree candidates are full time employees of the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) where their real world experience on the job forms the centerpiece of their education. This is an example of the type of transformation taking place in industry- government-academe partnerships, which have been changing our traditional notions about engineering and technology education, especially the teaching of engineering design at universities.

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Yaprak, A., & Yaprak, E., & Rathod, M. (2002, June), Institutional Adaptation Of The Greenfield Coalition's Capstone Design Course Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11336

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