Asee peer logo

Strengthening Undergraduate Career Preparedness Through Multidisciplinary Research Projects

Download Paper |

Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Research and Multidisciplinary Experiences

Tagged Division

Mechanical Engineering

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

26.1406.1 - 26.1406.10

DOI

10.18260/p.24743

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/24743

Download Count

52

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Rachel K. Anderson Clemson University

visit author page

Rachel Anderson is a doctoral student in Engineering and Science Education and the research assistant for Clemson University's Creative Inquiry program. Her research interests include multidisciplinary teams and career preparation. Rachel received a Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and a B.S. in Physics from Baldwin-Wallace University.

visit author page

author page

Todd Schweisinger Clemson University

author page

Barbara Jean Speziale Clemson University

Download Paper |

Abstract

Strengthening Undergraduate Career Preparedness through Multidisciplinary ResearchThis paper will introduce a novel research program at our university (names blinded for review)which provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students at all stages of their academiccareers to engage in hands-on research. The [Name of Program] projects span the disciplinesand encourage multidisciplinary and student-centered projects. Over 450 projects are fundedeach semester by the university. Feedback from annual surveys of program participants andalumni suggests that undergraduate research projects like those in [Name of Program] allowstudents to gain valuable hands-on research experience, help prepare students for their futurecareers, and aid in the development of communication and leadership skills.This paper will explore the value of multidisciplinary, hands-on research within theundergraduate mechanical engineering curriculum by evaluating the student outcomes of a singleresearch project. A two year [Name of Program] project to develop a stabilization process forpediatric patient’s arms during venipuncture procedures began in Fall 2011. Mechanicalengineering, bioengineering, nursing, and marketing students collaborated to design the system,develop a prototype, demonstrate the process and device to medical professionals for assessmentand iterative improvements, and file for a provisional patent on their design.Interviews with both engineering and nursing students in this multidisciplinary undergraduateresearch project reveal that students developed leadership and communication skills, and theyfelt more prepared to follow their career path as a result of their participation. The perspective ofthe mechanical engineering faculty advisor for this project provides additional insights into theprogram’s impact on student learning as well as how this particular project fostered thedevelopment of communication and collaborative skills of each team member. Implications formultidisciplinary research as a supplement to traditional mechanical engineering education arediscussed.

Anderson, R. K., & Schweisinger, T., & Speziale, B. J. (2015, June), Strengthening Undergraduate Career Preparedness Through Multidisciplinary Research Projects Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24743

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2015 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015