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Introducing Systems Competencies During Undergraduate Design

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Systems Engineering

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24.812.1 - 24.812.15



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Ashley Bernal Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Ashley Bernal is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She received her PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. She was an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) teaching fellow and Student Teaching Enhancement Partnership (STEP) Fellow. Prior to receiving her PhD, she worked as a subsystems engineer at Boeing on the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (JUCAS) program. Her research areas of interest include piezoelectrics, nanomanufacturing, optical measuring techniques, and intercultural design.

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Scott Kirkpatrick Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Scott Kirkpatrick is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He teaches physics, semiconductor processes, and micro electrical and mechanical systems (MEMS). His research interests include heat engines, magnetron sputtering, and nanomaterial self assembly. His masters thesis work at the University of Nebraska Lincoln focused on reactive sputtering process control. His doctoral dissertation at the University of Nebraska Lincoln investigated High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering.

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William D. Schindel ICTT System Sciences

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William D. Schindel is president of ICTT System Sciences, a systems engineering company, and developer of the Systematica Methodology for model and pattern-based systems engineering. His 40-year engineering career began in mil/aero systems with IBM Federal Systems, Owego, NY, included service as a faculty member of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and founding of three commercial systems-based enterprises. He has consulted on improvement of engineering processes within automotive, medical/health care, manufacturing, telecommunications, aerospace, and consumer products businesses. Schindel earned the BS and MS in Mathematics.

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Introducing Systems Competencies During Undergraduate DesignA faculty team (professors of professional communication, mechanical engineering, and physics)have collaboratively designed and taught an intensive multidisciplinary design program in whichundergraduate engineering and science students tackled one of the National Academy ofEngineering’s Grand Challenges [1] during a 12 credit hour 10 week summer program. Theprogram is centered around designing a system to utilize solar energy for use in a less developedcountry with major components of systems engineering integrated throughout the experience inthe form of practice of model-based systems competencies. For instance, students were requiredto identify stakeholders and analyze their needs via the development of feature models. Inaddition, the students were required to generate system domain models, feature definitions andattributes, and system logical and physical architectures. Each of these different types of modelsare discussed in the paper. In addition, we will discuss the relative degree of success studentsexperienced with each of the system competency areas and our experience with integrating theminto the classroom.[1]

Bernal, A., & Kirkpatrick, S., & Schindel, W. D. (2014, June), Introducing Systems Competencies During Undergraduate Design Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20704

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