June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.865.1 - 24.865.13
Capitalizing on a student’s interests in a senior design project through integration of materials selection methodologyFinding the ‘perfect’ capstone project that captures the student’s interest and personal passion,and incorporates the fundamental engineering knowledge they have gained over the past 3 or soyears, is always challenging. This paper will show, by example of an all-mountain ski, anapproach to integrating design through materials selection methodology. From the instructor’sperspective, the framework for working in collaboration with the student to outline a viabledesign project to meet all the course outcomes is presented. Specifically, outcomes for the seniordesign project course state that the student must demonstrate the ability to identify design tasksand their objectives, apply engineering design principles either by working on a product,improving a product, or designing experiments to investigate causes of either an observedphenomenon or a problem of engineering, establish a project schedule, document the designactivities, and give technical presentations of the results in the forms of progress reports, poster,final written report and oral presentations. In parallel, the student’s work will demonstrate howthe outcomes were achieved and the design activities were implemented in the project, whichincluded use of Materials Selections methodology (as presented by Mike Ashby) and the CESMaterials Selection software. The student project, “Analysis of Core Materials for Design andFabrication of an All Mountain Ski”, illustrates how the student was able to research ski designand mechanics, identify the most important properties, select an all mountain ski shape, analyzecore materials, select materials to maximize ski characteristics, optimize ski core design, andmost importantly, build and test the prototype all mountain ski. The instructor will shareassessment and reflection on the student’s progress throughout the project including self-learningof materials selection methodology with CES software, key milestones for instructor/ studentcollaboration, and the positive impact of the project as the culmination of the student’sundergraduate engineering education.
Vollaro, M. B., & Brennan, M. (2014, June), Leveraging Student’s Interests in a Senior Design Project through Integration of Materials Selection Methodology Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20756
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