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Looking back: A Student Review and History of AerosPACE – a Multi-University, Multi-Disciplinary, Distributed, Industry-University Capstone Project

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Capstone Design

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Design in Engineering Education

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26.1100.1 - 26.1100.17



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Larissa Cannon Brigham Young University

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Larissa Cannon participated in AerosPACE for her Senior Capstone project. She has since graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University and is currently working in the aerospace industry. Her undergraduate experience included three internships at Pratt & Whitney and one internship at ATK. She is the co-author of two published papers and has four years experience of working in the v-CAx Lab (formerly the ParaCad Lab) at Brigham Young University under the direction of Dr. Greg Jensen.

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Cory C Cunningham The Boeing Company

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Cory Cunningham is a manufacturing engineer working for The Boeing Company. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology and researched welding of dissimilar materials. Cory's primary focuses in his current role are on 5-axis machining and part finishing.

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Aaron Lau Inouye Brigham Young University

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Graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Winner of the 2014 ASME-IAM3D Challenge. Background in aerospace composite manufacturing and is currently working within the financial industry in an effort to re-engineer the operational data systems.

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Brett Stone Brigham Young University

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Brett is a graduate student researcher working on his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at BYU. He loves the outdoors and understanding how teams and engineering design works.

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Fabian Zender The Boeing Company

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Fabian Zender is an Engineering Performance Coach at The Boeing Company where he participates in research in the Technical and Professional Learning Solutions group. He obtained his undergraduate and graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In his research Fabian focuses on learning as a sociotechnical system, utilizing data analytics and learning science and combining them with traditional engineering approaches to advance personalized learning and optimize organizational performance.

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AerosPACE: a Multi-University, Multi-Disciplinary Capstone Project This paper presents the three-year evolution of a cutting-edge multi-university design projectreferred to as AerosPACE (Aerospace Partners for the Advancement of CollaborativeEngineering education); supported and funded by Boeing. The motivating outcomes for Boeingare: (1) Develop an aerospace-centric industry/university capstone curriculum that develops andmotivates the next generation of engineers, (2) Develop a coherent and interconnectedcurriculum structure based on Learning Sciences HPL (How People Learn)-UDD (User-DrivenDevelopment) principles, (3) Connect distributed teams and collaborative design representationsin such a way to ensure that students gain industry knowledge and practice principles ofcollaborative digital manufacturing and (4) Exercise and extend the state-of-the-art collaborativemulti-user CAx tools. AerosPACE is currently in its third year. Lessons-learned throughout thethree years of AerosPACE include the definition of Five Foundational Pillars for a new LearningEnvironment to be used during the fourth year, 2014-2015. These foundational pillars are: (1)Lectures and Labs, (2) Engineering Software, (3) Business Social Media, (4) AdvancedManufacturing and (5) Industry Feedback. Each of these foundational pillars utilizes the latestcommercial or research tools for social collaboration, manufacturing methods, and model-basedengineering and design (CAx applications).

Cannon, L., & Cunningham, C. C., & Inouye, A. L., & Stone, B., & Zender, F. (2015, June), Looking back: A Student Review and History of AerosPACE – a Multi-University, Multi-Disciplinary, Distributed, Industry-University Capstone Project Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24437

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