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Rope Climbing Machine Competition In A Systems Design Course

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.534.1 - 5.534.8



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Hakan Gurocak

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Session 2525

Rope Climbing Machine Competition

in a Systems Design Course

Hakan Gurocak

Manufacturing Engineering Washington State University 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave. Vancouver, WA 98686

Abstract: In this paper, the design competition component of a junior level systems design course (ME 316) is presented. The course is the first of a sequence of design courses in the curriculum. The competition involves design of rope climbing machines by student teams. Details of this design project are explained. Also, an approach developed to assess the contribution of an individual student to the project while working as a team member is presented.

Introduction Washington State University (WSU) has four campuses. The main campus is located in eastern Washington in Pullman. The newest branch campus of the university is in Vancouver WA. The campus serves southwest Washington and the greater Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area.

In Fall 1997, the first engineering curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering was introduced on the new campus. The course of study is based on the Mechanical Engineering degree at the main campus in Pullman, but focuses on manufacturing processes and technologies in greater depth to provide the skills needed for advanced manufacturing. The emphasis is on mechanical engineering applied to manufacturing. Only the junior and senior courses of the four year degree program are offered on the new campus.

The curriculum contains several courses that constitute a sequence of design courses. The first one of these is ME 316 "Systems Design." The main emphasis of ME 316 is on design as a process rather than design of a specific part such as a gear. It covers basic design tools such as Gantt charts, the house of quality, as well as engineering statistics, engineering economics,

Gurocak, H. (2000, June), Rope Climbing Machine Competition In A Systems Design Course Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8678

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