June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Systems Engineering and Multidisciplinary Engineering
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SE Capstone: Integrating Systems Engineering Fundamentals to Engineering Capstone Projects: Experiential and ActiveThis paper highlights the use of active learning in a capstone engineering design track tocreate a distributed learning environment where students apply their knowledge ofSystems Engineering fundamentals to complete a design project for a real-worldcustomer. An organizational structure consisting of students at Missouri University ofScience and Technology and distance education students across the country wasdeveloped for use in two courses, mirroring current industry practices. Six student designteams were formed at the beginning of the first course, with each team assigned agraduate student facilitator, a faculty mentor, and a professional practitioner acting as anindustry mentor to provide additional guidance, structure, and support. The capstoneproject explored was the use Systems Engineering principles to design, specify, andconstruct a wireless vest for use in immersive training, satisfying a documented needprovided by United States Department of Defense representatives.In the first course a need statement was derived by interaction with the Department ofDefense customer through analysis of realistic scenarios and then developed by studentdesign teams to create a feasible design that met the customer’s needs. The students wereguided through a rigorous program that included project management, creation ofspecifications, and design reviews to develop this need statement into a final design whiletraversing the entire systems development life cycle. The design reviews were conductedusing video conferencing software by the graduate student facilitators under the guidanceof the faculty mentors to provide all students involved experience in a distributedcollaborative environment commonly found in both industry and academia. The studentswill continue the system process in a second course where they will tackle the challengesof prototyping and verification. The paper highlights survey results, pedagogy details,and lessons learned from the implementation of the realistic system design.
Corns, S., & Dagli, C. H., & Guardiola, I. G. (2011, June), SE Capstone: Integrating Systems Engineering Fundamentals to Engineering Capstone Projects: Experiential and Active Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18938
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