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Integrating Entrepreneurial Mindset, Bio-design, and Art into a Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering Course

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2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Baltimore , Maryland

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June 25, 2023

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June 25, 2023

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June 28, 2023

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Industrial Engineering Division (IND) Technical Session 2

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Industrial Engineering Division (IND)

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Arif Sirinterlikci Robert Morris University Orcid 16x16

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Arif Sirinterlikci is a University Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Robert Morris University (RMU) School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science (SEMS). He holds BS and MS degrees, both in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and his Ph.D. is in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has also been a Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE), awarded by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), since 2016. Dr. Sirinterlikci was actively involved in SME serving in its Journals Committee, and Manufacturing Education and Research (MER) Community Steering Committee. He also served as an officer of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Manufacturing Division between 2003-2011 including its Chair.

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Khalid H. Tantawi University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Khalid Tantawi is an Assistant Professor of Mechatronics at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga . He holds a PhD and MSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and a double MSc. in Aerospace Engineering from the Institut Superieur de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace and University of Pisa. He served as a Program Evaluator for ABET- ETAC commission, as a trainer for Siemens Technik Akademy, and was the elected chair of the Engineering section of the Tennessee Academy of Science in 2022 and 2017. His research interests include MEMS, Lipid Bilayer Membrane sciences, and advanced manufacturing.

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The study aims to integrate entrepreneurial mindset, bio-design, and art into a rapid prototyping course during the duration of its semester long project. The author has been employing construction toy design as one of his project assignments over the years, including industrial design aspects. However, through a collaborative effort, the project had to be modified to reflect the new aim. Thus, student groups were asked to design a product (possibly a fastener, a light fixture, or a construction toy) with 4-6 components based on the idea of biomimicking climbing plants. The design was expected to have an obvious art component via use of industrial design, also including aesthetics, colors, or movements. Students followed the steps of the product development process with additional assignments being interjected into the regular project workflow. These assignments included a “Business Thesis Template” a document that defines the business idea or the problem being addressed, a “Customer Discovery Interview Planning and Preparations Form” to get feedback on the proposed idea by surveying potential customers, followed by “the Patent Search Assignment Form” to investigate the patentability of the business idea. The students were also tasked to reflect on their effort by completing a “Metacognitive Reflection Assignment” on three distinct aspects: entrepreneurial mindset, bio-design, and art. Three groups were formed and three designs were selected by these groups, a climbing plant shaped decor that diffracts natural sunlight, an LED garden sign used in lighting a garden during nights to mark poison ivy spots, as well as a ground stake with a climbing plant inspired mechanism aiding its anchoring function. Besides the elements mentioned above, students also had to complete an intellectual property (IP) assignment (of copyrights, trademarks, and patents where they studied each IP type, their applications, and durations). They were also given information on the start-up incubators available in the region in addition to the art standards from different educational levels. This study details the development process, also includes student feedback and the authors’ reflections for future improvements.

Sirinterlikci, A., & Tantawi, K. H. (2023, June), Integrating Entrepreneurial Mindset, Bio-design, and Art into a Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering Course Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland. 10.18260/1-2--43763

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