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Know Your Role! Defining Faculty and External Stakeholder Roles in a Multidisciplinary Capstone Course

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Engineering Design I

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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13

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https://peer.asee.org/33038

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David Paul Harvie United States Military Academy Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-2576-3349

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David Harvie is an active duty Army officer and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the United States Military Academy. David has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kansas, a M.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy.

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Tanya Thais Estes United States Military Academy

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Tanya Estes has a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is an Associate Professor at the United States Military Academy, currently serving as Director of the Information Technology Program. She is an active duty military officer who has served over 23 years as an Army Aviator and educator.

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Lisa Shay United States Military Academy

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LISA A. SHAY is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the US Military Academy at West Point. She received the M.Sc. in Engineering from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar in 1996, the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002 and is a Member of ASEE and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

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Abstract

This paper describes our development of novel faculty roles and our method for the planning and execution of projects in our year-long, multidisciplinary capstone experience. Well-defined roles prevent duplication of effort and help ensure an enriching and rewarding student experience. These roles have enabled us to offer an unprecedented variety and scope of projects with an average of seven students per team from as many as six different majors and four different departments. We discuss many of the difficulties that developed as the course grew and evolved and how the definition of roles and inter-program communication helped mitigate the challenges that arose throughout the process. We suggest that these roles might be incorporated into typical capstone project courses at other universities.

Harvie, D. P., & Estes, T. T., & Shay, L. (2019, June), Know Your Role! Defining Faculty and External Stakeholder Roles in a Multidisciplinary Capstone Course Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/33038

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