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Quality Assurance of Capstone Senior Design Projects: A Case Study

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Capstone, Undergraduate Research, and Projects in ECE

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Electrical and Computer

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29

DOI

10.18260/1-2--35115

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https://peer.asee.org/35115

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Ahmed Abul Hussain Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-1873-9746

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AHMED A. HUSSAIN is a Lecturer in the department of Electrical Engineering at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University. He earned his MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in the year 1998. Mr. Ahmed has more than 19 years of university teaching experience in Electrical Engineering. He has also worked for Motorola as an Embedded Software Engineer. His research interests include Wireless Communications, Array Signal Processing, Digital and Embedded Systems, Computing, and Program Assessment and Accreditation. He has several publications in the above areas to his credit.

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Nizar Tayem Texas A&M University

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Nizar Tayem received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Wichita State University, Kansas, USA. He involved in research projects for Aerospace Sensor Networks Technology Thrust, Minority Leader’s Program, and AFRL/Clarkson Aerospace. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Electrical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, Commerce, TX, USA. He is the author/coauthor of more than 60 research publications in recognized international journals and conferences. His research interests include signal processing algorithm for wireless communication systems, array signal processing, source localization, MIMO systems, channel estimation, and OFDM and OFDMA communication systems. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Doctors Engineers and Scientists (IDES). He served as the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal on Electrical and Power Engineering (ACEEE, USA). He is a regular Reviewer for many well-known journals.

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Chedly B. Yahya Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University

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Dr. Yahya is an assistant professor at the Electrical Engineering Department, PMU (Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University). He completed his PhD in 1992 from Georgia Institute of Technology (Ga Tech). His major area of study was semiconductor devices and applied electronics. Dr. Yahya previously served on the faculties of KFUPM, KSA (94-98); Tuskegee Univ., USA (99-2000) and Sharjah Univ., UAE (2003-2009). He taught more than twelve graduate and undergraduate courses and developed several courses and laboratories. Dr. Yahya was a member of technical staff at the Advanced Optical Networking Group, Lucent Technologies during 2001 and 2002. He was responsible for designing, testing and evaluating optoelectronic subsystems to support the company telecom business.
Dr. Yahya’s research interests include Smart metering and energy conservation; Performance monitoring and optimization of solar PV power systems; Powering Methods for sensors and mobile devices based on solar, optical and RF; Performance monitoring of optical communication networks. He published more than 21 Conference and Journal articles, two technical reports and one patent.

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Sadiq A. Alhuwaidi Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University

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Sadiq A. Alhuwaidi was born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia on January 27, 1987. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, U.S.A., in 2011, 2014, and 2017, respectively.
He is an assistant professor at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University in the Department of Electrical Engineering since Fall 2018. Between 2013 and 2017, he was a research/teaching assistant at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, where he became a lecturer for two years in 2016-2017 teaching Microwave Measurements Laboratory and mentoring the UCCS Applied Electromagnetics and Anechoic Chamber Laboratory. Between 2011 and 2012, he joined the design team in DAR Engineering as an electrical/protection design engineer designing high voltage services. He was also an associate field professional in the Wireline and Perforating Services of Halliburton.

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Jamal Nayfeh Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University

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Dean of Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University

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Abstract

A Capstone Senior Design project encompasses all ABET learning outcomes as it summarizes all the essential technical and non-technical skills a higher learning institution prepares its graduates to acquire and apply. A successful and high quality senior design project is proof of the quality of education offered by a higher institute of learning, the quality of its graduates, its faculty, and its facilities. Hence, in order to ensure high quality senior design projects, it is imperative to put in place a quality assurance and monitoring system besides providing essential resources. It is also very important to mentor students and provide them a supportive and conducive environment which encourages creativity and innovation. In this paper, the authors present a case study of how senior design projects in the Electrical Engineering department at authors’ university are systematically administered and monitored to meet the quality standards, educational objectives, and ABET student learning outcomes. Evaluation methods (both direct and indirect) and developed assessment tools used are also presented along with survey results of students’ feedback. It is also shown how senior design projects impact the continuous improvement process followed at the program level.

Hussain, A. A., & Tayem, N., & Yahya, C. B., & Alhuwaidi, S. A., & Nayfeh, J. (2020, June), Quality Assurance of Capstone Senior Design Projects: A Case Study Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35115

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