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Intradepartmental Collaboration to Improve the Quality of Engineering Drawings Created by Students in Senior Design Project

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Using graphics in the rest of the engineering courses

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Engineering Design Graphics

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23.810.1 - 23.810.8



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Andy S Zhang New York City College of Technology of CUNY

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Professor Andy S. Zhang earned his master's in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York in 1987 and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1995. Prior joining the Mechanical Engineering Technology department at City Tech, he served as an engineering instructor for the JUMP, an engineering training program sponsored by the New York State Department of Transportation. Professor Zhang’s research area includes materials testing, composite materials, CAD/CAE, engineering animation, and mechatronics.

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GAFFAR BARAKAT GAILANI New York City College of Technology Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Gailani is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design Technology. Received his Ph.d in Mechanical Engineering from the City University of New York in 2009. His research work is focused on poroelasticity and its application in biomechanics. He has more than 15 journal publications and conference proceedings and one book.

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Intradepartmental Collaboration to Improve the Quality of Engineering Drawings Created by Students in Senior Design ProjectAbstractEngineers use engineering graphics to describe their design, to exchange ideas, and tocommunicate with others. As an important communication tool, most engineering departmentcommits at least two courses on engineering graphics.The mechanical engineering technology at the college offers three engineering graphics coursesfor its associate degree program. The objective is to give students opportunity to get familiarwith different type of engineering graphics from 2D to 3D and from general graphics tomechanical engineering specific graphics gradually so they can apply these engineering graphicsskills in their senior courses such as in machine design.Despite the extensive offering of engineering graphics courses to students, a review of studentsdesign work in senior design project of the machine design course revealed that students stilllacked certain skills and understanding when creating their design models and working drawings.For examples, many students didn’t understand the difference between working drawings and thecorresponding 3D objects, they had difficulty in creating sheet metal components and gears, andmost importantly, and many students still treated engineering graphics work in product design asdesign of unrelated individual components instead of treating them as integral part of a system.In fall 2012 the instructor who teaches senior design project, started to collaborate withinstructors who teach engineering graphics to address these issues mentioned above. Studentswere given a design project that require the students to create many common mechanicalcomponents used in product design such as gears, sheet metal components, and mechanicalsubsystems such as differential drive and steering system. Students not only have to pay attentionon how to create these components correctly, they have to pay attention on the relationshipsamong these components when they are assembled together. This gives students a betterunderstanding on how to use engineering graphics in product design.The details concerning the implementation of intradepartmental collaborative work includingassessment will be discussed this paper as well as in future papers.

Zhang, A. S., & GAILANI, G. B. (2013, June), Intradepartmental Collaboration to Improve the Quality of Engineering Drawings Created by Students in Senior Design Project Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19824

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