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Poster Session for External Reviews of Capstone Projects

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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Capstone Design in ECE

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Electrical and Computer

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Christina Howe University of Evansville

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Christina Howe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind. She received her B.S. from the University of Evansville and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, where she studied the radiation response of focal plane arrays.

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Dick Blandford University of Evansville

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Dick Blandford is the department chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Evansville.

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Deborah J. Hwang University of Evansville

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Dr. Deborah J. Hwang is a graduate of Iowa State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an associate professor of computer science and has been the director of the computer science program at the University of Evansville since 1995. She is active in computer science education organizations and is a member of ACM, ACM SIGCSE, CCSC, IEEE-CS, and ASEE.

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Poster Session for External Reviews of Capstone Projects

The capstone project course at the University of Evansville is a two-semester sequence in which students complete a project design in the first term and an implementation to verify the design in the second term. At the end of the second term all students present their projects. The presentations include an oral and a written report plus a poster presentation. In the past, all of these were graded and assessed separately. Working engineers from the local community were used to judge the oral reports while faculty assessed the report and poster presentation. However, analysis showed a disparity between the scores that the working engineers gave the projects based on the oral reports and the scores that faculty gave the same project based on more extensive data.

To address this issue, the working engineers now judge the poster presentations instead of the oral reports with faculty judging the oral presentations and papers. Each student or team is required to present a professional quality poster about their project to each of the working engineering judges. We typically have four judges and each judge spends about 20 minutes with each student project. This gives the judges time for more in-depth questions and a better opportunity to understand the design and implementation of the project.

In the spring of 2013 we refined the rubric which the judges used and tied it to ABET outcomes for the program. In this paper we present the course details, an assessment based on ABET outcomes, and feedback on results from students and the professional engineering community.

Howe, C., & Blandford, D., & Hwang, D. J. (2016, June), Poster Session for External Reviews of Capstone Projects Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25919

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