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Serendipitous Advantages of a Multidisciplinary Senior Seminar Course for Engineering Students

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Engineering Ethics Division Technical Session 1

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Engineering Ethics

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26.1366.1 - 26.1366.19



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Bijan Sepahpour The College of New Jersey

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Bijan Sepahpour is a registered Professional Engineer and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the College of New Jersey (TCNJ). He is currently serving as the chairman of the ME department at TCNJ. Prof. Sepahpour has been actively involved in the generation of design-oriented exercises and development of laboratory apparatus and experiments in the areas of mechanics of materials and dynamics of machinery for undergraduate engineering programs. He has advised on over forty (40) Senior Design Projects and his teams of students have received five (5) National Championships and three Best Design Awards. In the recent years, he has challenged himself with the creation an effective methodology for successful Invention and Innovation. Professor Sepahpour did his undergraduate studies at TCNJ and has advanced degrees from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He is the recipient of two (2) Best Paper Awards from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Divisions of Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Experimentation and Laboratory Oriented Studies (DELOS). He has served as the Chair of the Divisions of ME and DELOS of the ASEE. Prof. Sepahpour is an active member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and ASEE and has published and presented extensively through these societies.

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Serendipitous Advantages of a Multi-Disciplinary Senior Seminar Course for Engineering StudentsTraditionally, in a typical Senior Seminar course, the engineering schools aim to enhance theabilities of their soon-to-be-graduates in their marketability and transition into graduate school.Such exercises may range from building an optimal resume, preparations for answering the forty(40) formidable questions at an interview, understanding fit, and learning how to search for andmaximize the chances for obtaining good packages in pursuit of graduate studies. Most, if not allof such activities may be addressed through four to five relatively short sessions.However, in a more comprehensive course, offering ten 80-minute sessions (or 12 one-hoursessions), elements of engineering ethics, sustainable design, green engineering, and a generalunderstanding of the global economy may be added to the agenda. In this process, thefacilitators may recognize the advantages of having a class of multi-disciplinary engineeringstudents for creation of some exciting and relevant exercises for the above “added” topics.This paper presents the contents and the sequence of the activities in a well-balanced SeniorSeminar course designed for engineering students with diverse backgrounds. The course hasbeen offered in this mode for the past five (5) years and there is considerable assessment dataavailable to support its effectiveness.

Sepahpour, B. (2015, June), Serendipitous Advantages of a Multidisciplinary Senior Seminar Course for Engineering Students Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24703

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