June 22, 2013
June 22, 2013
June 22, 2013
21.61.1 - 21.61.19
Title: Student Team Formation, Management, and Collaboration in PACE Global SUT Project AbstractA sustainable urban transport (SUT) would go a long way in solving the global issues associatedwith transportation of the future. The GM Corporation and several major partners have set up aconsortium called PACE (the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative EngineeringEducation) to involve students from several countries to educate and inspire them on thenecessities of global collaboration and to foster awareness of current social and economicpressures related to urban transportation. In this article, we describe the activities of the PACEGlobal Team #2 on the 2010-2012 SUT Global Project whose goal was to develop and design asuitable SUT. Industrial Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing students from six universitiesin four countries worked closely together and designed a production ready SUT to address thetransportation challenges. The biggest challenge lies in forming a team across various timezones at the beginning of a project. However, we became quite successful due to hard work bythe faculty and students involved in this project.We managed our large team (5 faculty and 34 undergraduate students) smoothly using theSMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) methodology of George T.Doran to evaluate our strategic plans and project milestones. The PACE Program provided abroad outline for the SUT project at the beginning of the project. Each team was charged todefine the specifications for their own project that is compatible to the global guidelines set bythe PACE Program. We defined a clear concept of the goal of the SUT specifying “Muchsmaller, Most suitable, Most completion” functional objectives after extensive market andbackground information research. We divided our team into 8 groups conprised of 4-5 membershaving at least one industrial design and one manufacturing student in each group. Every 2months each group exchanged results. From these the feedback was provided to everyoneinvolved in the project. We set a deadline for each task to make smooth progress in the projectcontinuously. We had gone through 3 processes: Hypothesis-Analysis-Feedback for every task incommon for more verified results. To accomplish a substantial SUT, 6 elements (Innovativefeatures, Performance, Safety, Market, Plant, Cost) were required. We divided sub-phases fromthese elements. We elected a group leader for each group to attain the goal. Each leadercommunicated with his/her faculty member, and had responsibility to his/her group’s progress.Through team conferences we adjusted the possible scope of project every 2 months by takinginto account problems faced by students. Thus, we have developed a clear principle and systemthroughout our project duration and experienced an efficient process of management andcollaboration.We communicated with 5 channels including Adobe web conference, social networking system(SNS), e-mail, cloud computing, and Google web document. We arranged regular meetings andcommunicate steadily by using these channels to share ideas and development in the project.Thus, each group made uniform progress in the project.
Hossain, M. K., & Benjamin, S., & Kim, K., & Löwer, M., & Ray, P. K. (2013, June), Student Team Formation, Management, and Collaboration in PACE Global SUT Project Paper presented at 2013 ASEE International Forum, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/17266
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