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Teaching Engineering Project Management via Capstone Designs that Develop a Viable ProductEngineering Project Management is the orchestration of a plethora ofdisciplines to design a unique technical product. This paper describes themultiyear, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary Capstone Projects thatdesigned, built and tested a medical device to assist hearing impairedindividuals. This effort was accomplished by the College of Engineering of amidsized private university by reaching out to the university’s othercolleges, to industry and to product-using practitioners. This effort resultedin integrating interested individuals, both inside and outside academia, intothe Capstone Projects. The incentive for the industrial and clinical partieswas the potential to obtain a new commercial product utilizing the resourcesof the academic professors, the university facilities and the students. Thebenefit to the students is the abundance of mentoring and interfacingassociated with working one-on-one with experienced industry and providerprofessionals. The benefit to other colleges of the university is the ability toalso work with the industry and practicing professionals in developing areal-world engineering product.This paper reports on a successful a sequence of Capstone Projects that havedesigned an engineering product for a small entrepreneurial corporation.This product, a medical device to assist hearing impaired individuals, ispresently involved in a Capstone Project which is preparing the units forClinical Testing. Integration of the Engineering College’s multidisciplinaryelectronic, software and mechanical design disciplines developed the design.The interdisciplinary teaming with the university’s College of Businessproduced world class marketing plans. The engineering corporationsponsored an internship for project feasibility; whereas three CapstoneTeams have built and designed a proof-of-concept operational unit, twoCapstone Teams have produced an engineering prototype, and one moreCapstone Team is presently preparing the two functional units for clinicaltesting. An audiologist from a local medical clinic has provided directmentoring and patient testing support. The paper describes theserelationships.On each of these Capstone Projects, the project management principles ofcost, schedule and quality were overseen by both the engineering faculty andofficers of the sponsoring organization. Appropriate documentation such asletters of intent, problem definition and needs identification, workbreakdown structures, and Gantt charts were produced by the students andreviewed by the sponsor. Industry items such as the signing of non-disclosure papers, the signing of a Letter of Agreement, the signing of aRequirements Document and generating weekly student time-expended logswere accomplished. Faculty, industry, and provider representatives werepresent and provided real-time and written feedback at the studentpresentations which included concept design reviews, detailed designreviews, test readiness reviews and status reports. This process and itseffectiveness are presented in the paper.The paper highlights the academic professors’ pedagogical methods, thesponsoring corporation’s project experiences, and the effect of the userfeedback provided by the audiologist. This entire involvement of “realworld” professionals working with experienced academic professorsexposed the students to both the foundational and implementation basics ofEngineering Project Management. This collaborative relationship isdelineated in the paper; and the end results, as well as lessons learned, arepresented.
Bowie, D., & Xu, X., & Donaldson, A. L. (2014, June), Teaching Engineering Project Management via Capstone Designs that Develop a Viable Product Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23095
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