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Lessons Learned from Providing Intellectual Property to Sponsoring Companies when Recruiting Capstone Projects

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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Capstone Design I

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Design in Engineering Education

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22.1009.1 - 22.1009.13



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Gregg M. Warnick Brigham Young University

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Gregg M. Warnick is the External Relations and Intern Coordinator for the Mechanical Engineering department in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at BYU. He works directly with industry each year to recruit more than 30 funded Capstone projects and provides project management, team development, and coaching support to each of these project teams and faculty coaches. In addition, he continues to focus on increasing international project opportunities for students and faculty. His research and teaching interests include globalization, project management, leadership, ethics, and manufacturing processes. Prior to joining BYU, Gregg worked for Becton Dickinson, a Global Medical Technology Company (1995 - 2006). In this capacity he worked as a product development engineer, quality engineer, technical lead, business leader and program/project manager managing many different global projects. Gregg received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Master of Technology Management degree and a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, from Brigham Young University. Gregg also is a Professional Associate Instructor for IPS Learning and Stanford University where he teaches the IPS course Project Management Mastery and the Stanford Advanced Project Management course Managing Without Authority for numerous fortune 500 companies throughout the world. He is a Certified Manufacturing Technologist (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) and is also certified in Planning and Managing Projects (BD University); Ethical Fitness (BD University); Lean Manufacturing (BD University); High Impact Facilitation (Lore International Institute); and Project Management (Saddle Island Institute).

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Robert H. Todd Brigham Young University

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Robert H. Todd is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University and the founding director of BYU’s Capstone program, Integrated Product and Process Design. Dr. Todd received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering Design, where he also received a Post Doctoral fellowship. He then taught engineering courses and served in department and college administration at BYU-Idaho (then Ricks College) before spending 10 years in industry in senior engineering and management positions with both the General Motors Corporation and the Michelin Tire Corporation in both the U.S. and Europe. His research and teaching interests include manufacturing process machine design, product design and the improvement of engineering education in a global setting. Since coming to BYU in 1989, he has been the senior author of two manufacturing processes books, one, Manufacturing Processes Reference Guide, a best seller used throughout the world, and more than 100 technical articles. He has served as a department chair and undergraduate coordinator at BYU, a member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). He is a recipient of BYU’s Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching award, the Mechanical Engineering Department’s Outstanding Teacher and Rudy Awards, the department’s Outstanding Achievement Award, and BYU’s Blue Key College of Engineering and Technology Outstanding Faculty award. He is a member of ASME and SAE. He is a life member of ASEE and SME and a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education.

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The Importance and Lessons Learned of Providing Intellectual Property to Sponsoring Companies When Recruiting Capstone ProjectsSince nearly the inception of the Capstone program at Brigham Young University (BYU) in1990, it has been our practice to provide intellectual property (IP) rights to project sponsoringcompanies. This policy has helped BYU successfully recruit and complete 577 Capstoneprojects from 26 states and 12 different countries throughout the world. Providing IP rights tosponsoring companies enables BYU to identify appropriate design and build projects even intougher economic times enabling our students to be taught the design process and to help ourstudents learn the practice of engineering.This paper provides an overview of BYU’s Capstone program and its intellectual propertyhistory and policy. The paper also includes some important lessons learned in providingintellectual property to sponsors in addition to experiences gained by students working onprojects including intellectual property. In addition, recent survey findings demonstrating theimportance of providing intellectual property to sponsoring companies when recruiting Capstoneprojects are presented.

Warnick, G. M., & Todd, R. H. (2011, June), Lessons Learned from Providing Intellectual Property to Sponsoring Companies when Recruiting Capstone Projects Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18273

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