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Integration of Capstone Design Experience with the International Exchange Program

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Capstone Design III

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Design in Engineering Education

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22.919.1 - 22.919.9



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Juan C. Ordonez Florida State University

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Juan C. Ordonez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Center for Advanced Power Systems at Florida State University. He completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Duke University in 2003. His research interests include thermodynamic optimization, constructal theory, heat transfer, and thermal modeling of advanced power systems.

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Jose Vargas Universidade Federal do Parana


Chiang Shih Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Dr. Chiang Shih graduated with his PHD degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1988. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. He has served as the Chair of the Department between 2002 and 2011. His research interests are unsteady aerodynamics, supersonic flow control, and aero-acoustics.

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Necesio Gomes Costa Universidade Federal de Itajubá

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He graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from Universidade Federal Fluminense (1983), master's degree in metallurgical engineering from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1988) and Ph.D. in Materials Science - The University of Birmingham (1996). He is currently Associate Professor I, Federal University of Itajubá. published numerous articles in professional journals and papers in proceedings of international events. GUIDELINE: directed several dissertations, works of undergraduate research and technological work of completing an undergraduate, participated in several bunkers of defense completion of course work (doctoral, masters, undergraduate). He is currently general coordinator of international cooperation between French Univerisdades (ENSAM - École Nationale Supérieure et Métiers darts, ENSIAME - Ecole Nationale Supérieure Ingénieurs en Informatique Automatique d Mécanique énergétique Electronique and ENSMN - Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Nancy) in the areas of Aeronautics and Technology Oil. He has experience in Materials Engineering and Metallurgy, with an emphasis on ceramics, mainly in the following areas: biomaterials, mechanical properties, bioceramics, coating and plating.
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Integration of Capstone Design Experience with the International Exchange ProgramThis paper presents an overview of our experience integrating international aspects into thesenior capstone design experience. We started in 2005 with two international teams composed ofstudents from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at a University in the U.S. and (i) theDepartment of Mechanical Engineering at a Brazilian University and (ii) the Department ofElectrical Engineering at a University in Romania. The second year we had a project between theU.S. and Brazil. After completing the second round of teams we were able to evaluate somecorrections that were introduced after the first year (to address the lack of effectivecommunication and reported in our strategies and lessons learned regarding the team selectionprocess, the selection of effective communication channels, the funding, and positive andnegative elements associated with the experience. Partially based on these early endeavors, weproposed the integration of the international design project collaboration into an internationalexchange program between U.S. and Brazil funded by U.S. Department of Education’s Fund forthe Improvement for Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) program. We plan to formalize theinternational design collaboration as an integral part of the exchange experience by engagingvisiting students in specifically arranged design projects which require close interaction betweenstudents from both schools, both through direct contact and virtual interface through the Internet.For the first year, we propose the design and fabrication of a prototype unit for monitoring andcontrolling CO2 and other greenhouse gases for a photobioreactor system designed for thepromotion of algae growth. In the full paper, we will report experience learned in theimplementation of the project and our recommendation to fully integrate the design project intothe curriculum of the exchange program.

Ordonez, J. C., & Vargas, J., & Shih, C., & Costa, N. G. (2011, June), Integration of Capstone Design Experience with the International Exchange Program Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18253

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