New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Engineering Physics & Physics
Undergraduate engineering programs in the United States require an engineering design experience as part of the ABET accreditation process. The ABET ‘Definition of Design’ emphasizes the design process, modeling, mathematics, economics, and teams (to name a few).
In this paper we describe how engineering-for-society and the participatory-design-process is integrated into our senior design program. Two ongoing projects, the ‘Mali Sorghum Project’ and the ‘Ethiopian Injera Project’ are used to illustrate how the engineering requirements, issues, constraints, cultural aspects, and challenges are addressed in this integration process.
The ‘Mali Sorghum Project’ is a joint project with the ‘International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics’ where a new sorghum hybrid is being introduced to farmers in Mali. The hybrid is a dual-use crop producing an abundance of both sorghum juice and sorghum seeds both which can be used by Malian farmers and sold. There are several engineering challenges that must be solved in order for Malian farmers to realize the benefits of this hybrid which include energy-use and process development. The project, team, participatory-design, ownership, constraints, economics, limitations, and future of this project will be addressed in the context of senior design.
In the ‘Ethiopian Injera Project’ an energy-efficient and cost-effective Injera cooker is being developed for production and sale in Ethiopia to replacement the existing energy-inefficient cooker and freeing up to 70% of the Ethiopian grid-power for other uses. The project, team, participatory-design, ownership, constraints, economics, limitations, and future of this project will also be addressed in the context of senior design.
Finally, we conclude with a discussion on how we are attempting to transform the engineering educational process by engineering-for-society, comprehensive university direction, issues, aspects of on-site partners, economics, sustainability, and the need for comprehensive programs beyond senior design.
Mowry, G. S., & George, C. M. (2016, June), Lessons from Senior Design and a Shifting Interpretation of Appropriate Technology Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25547
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