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Title: Integration of Systems Engineering Training Modules into Capstone Courses across College of Engineering DepartmentsPromotion of Systems Engineering (SE) knowledge and career path awareness forundergraduate engineering students has been identified as a key strategic initiative by theDepartment of Defense (DoD). Since capstone projects are required for all ABET-certifiedcolleges of engineering in the United States, exposing engineering students to systemsengineering training in capstone courses is an effective method to achieve the DoD’sobjective. A novel approach to achieving this objective was used by introducing SE trainingmodules into existing capstone courses across both the Industrial and Systems Engineeringand Mechanical Engineering departments starting in the Fall Semester, 2010. Instructors ofthe courses collaborated to approach a DoD-relevant design problem, i.e. development ofhumanitarian assistance/disaster relief kit elements, from multiple perspectives. Thesemodules were developed by one instructor and either taught in joint class sessions or inindividual classes where scheduling conflicts could not be overcome. Beyond the Departmentof Defense objectives, these training modules are being used as a method of achievingcontinuous improvement in the capstone courses. The first module is an introduction tosystems engineering while other modules relate to systems engineering tools that are taught‘just-in-time’ to support completion of the capstone design projects.
Pichette, D. W., & Ellis, D., & Bryzik, W., & Kim, K., & Lai, M. D., & Kim, Y. S. (2011, June), Integration of Systems Engineering Training Modules into Capstone Courses across College of Engineering Departments Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18280
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