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International Capstone Design Project Course

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



Conference Session

New Approaches in Engineering Curriculum

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7.731.1 - 7.731.8



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Thomas Boronkay

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Janak Dave

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Thomas G. Boronkay, Janak Dave, Muthar Al-Ubaidi

University of Cincinnati

Introduction Every student in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department must complete a Senior Capstone Design Project course sequence as a requirement for the partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology degree. Mechanical Engineering Technology students at the University of Cincinnati must design, build and test their product for the satisfactory completion of the Senior Design Project course sequence. At many institutions the capstone projects do not include the build and test components.

In today’s world, parts and products are designed, manufactured, tested and sold in various locations/countries for customers around the world. This means that engineers and engineering technologists must become familiar with global design, manufacturing, testing and distribution methods and practices.

This paper describes a plan to institute an international, team-based Capstone Senior Design Project sequence. The plan calls for cooperation between foreign academic institutions, multi- national corporations and the University of Cincinnati.

Current Practice At present, students propose an idea for a project of their own choosing and refine it in the form of a formal proposal, which upon approval becomes their senior project. In practice, ideas come from industry, personal interest and/or departmental laboratory needs. They are advised to think as if they were pitching their ideas to a group of venture capitalists. If someone funds it, then the project moves forward. Each project has a faculty advisor. The relationship between the faculty advisor and the student is the same as between a project engineer and his/her supervisor.

They may select an industrial project, laboratory equipment, consumer product, personal needs, hobby related, or software interface project. The topics are broadly categorized into three major areas of specialization: Design, Manufacturing and Energy. Currently, the majority of the projects are individual and local in nature.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Boronkay, T., & Dave, J. (2002, June), International Capstone Design Project Course Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10930

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