San Antonio, Texas
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Multidisciplinary Mobile Elemental Power Plant (MEPP) ProjectIn the College of Applied Science and Technology (COAST) at Weber State University, weoffer instruction within our Engineering Technology curriculum on the various forms ofalternative energy. In promoting an active learning environment and accommodating thevarious learning methods of our students, we are in need of engaging, hands-on tools forlecture and supplemental labs on renewable energy. To address this need, a multidisciplinaryteam of faculty members and students from the Engineering Technology programs inCOAST are participating in a collaborative research project involving cogeneration ofrenewable energy.The research project, Mobile Elemental Power Plant (MEPP), allows students to participatein a capstone project on cross-disciplinary teams, providing each of them a means todemonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities in design, development, and fabrication of afinal product. The overall MEPP team is comprised of twenty-three diverse students fromfour technology disciplines: Electronics Engineering Technology (EET), Design GraphicsEngineering Technology (DGET), Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET), andManufacturing Engineering Technology (MFET), under the auspices of four faculty advisors.The large group is broken down into five sub-teams with student representatives from each ofthe disciplines. The students are given the freedom to be innovative in their subsystemdesigns with the understanding that each independent design must be integrated into a fullyoperational system. The sub-teams are concerned with envelope, budget, time management,coordination of activities, and team dynamics. The sub-teams must also work together andfunction as one large team with a common goal.In the past, multidisciplinary engineering teams have been formed with little success due todifferences in our program expectations for capstone projects. This research effort will giveEngineering Technology faculty the opportunity to observe and document the effectivenessof multidisciplinary engineering teams and to develop best practices for futuremultidisciplinary engineering projects.The outcomes of this study will help us to determine the viability of coordinatingmultidisciplinary engineering projects through student assessment and to assist in settingcommon goals and creating guidelines for multidisciplinary capstone projects. A rubric willbe used for assessment of student achievement in design reviews and project presentations.Student surveys will assist in evaluating the overall experience for students participating on amultidisciplinary project in comparison to program specific projects. The outcomes andresults of this multidisciplinary engineering project along with course goals and a capstoneproject guideline will be documented and disseminated in the final paper March 2012.
McCulley, J. K., & Birch, D. S., & Leatherbury, M. U., & Harward, K. A. (2012, June), Multidisciplinary Mobile Elemental Power Plant Project Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21716
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