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Modifying Model-based Systems Engineering for Undergraduate Students

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Systems Engineering Pedagogy

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Systems Engineering

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Ashley Bernal Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Ashley Bernal is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She received her PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. She was an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) teaching fellow and Student Teaching Enhancement Partnership (STEP) Fellow. Prior to receiving her PhD, she worked as a subsystems engineer at Boeing on the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (JUCAS) program. Her research areas of interest include piezoelectrics, nanomanufacturing, optical measuring techniques, and intercultural design.

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Scott Kirkpatrick Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Scott Kirkpatrick is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He teaches physics, semiconductor processes, and micro electrical and mechanical systems (MEMS). His research interests include heat engines, magnetron sputtering, and nanomaterial self-assembly. His masters thesis work at the University of Nebraska Lincoln focused on reactive sputtering process control. His doctoral dissertation at the University of Nebraska Lincoln investigated High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering.

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Anneliese Watt Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Anneliese Watt is a professor of English at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She teaches and researches technical and professional communication, rhetoric and composition, medicine in literature, and other humanities elective courses for engineering and science students. Her graduate work in rhetoric and literature was completed at Penn State, and her recent research often focuses on engineering and workplace communication.

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In this complex global society, developing products that fit stakeholder needs has become extremely challenging. In order to prepare undergraduates to deal with complexity especially in a global context, systems engineering approaches have been taught for the past 3 years in a summer grand challenge course in which the students design, build, test, and communicate a humanitarian design for a developing country. We have boiled down the entire system’s approach into four essential models: a stakeholder and feature model, an interactions model (black-box), a logical architecture (white-box), and a physical architecture. To create each of these models, every component is given a set of grammatical rules to help establish a broader definition of the requirement of the sub-component. This paper will focus on how we have adapted the traditional model-based system engineering content to make it more easily accessible and understandable by undergraduate students.

Bernal, A., & Kirkpatrick, S., & Watt, A. (2016, June), Modifying Model-based Systems Engineering for Undergraduate Students Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27327

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