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Team Formation and Function Decisions and Student Roles on Diverse Engineering Design Teams

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Design Teams 2

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Design in Engineering Education

Tagged Topic

Diversity

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15

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https://peer.asee.org/37827

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48

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David A. Copp University of California, Irvine Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-5206-5223

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David A. Copp received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Teaching at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Prior to joining UCI, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories and an adjunct faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico. His broad research interests include engineering education, as well as control and optimization of nonlinear and hybrid systems with applications to power and energy systems, multi-agent systems, robotics, and biomedicine. He is a recipient of UCSB's Center for Control, Dynamical Systems, and Computation Best PhD Thesis award and a recipient of a UCI Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentorship.

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Alejandra Hormaza Mejia University of California, Irvine Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-2761-1373

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Alejandra Hormaza Mejia is a PhD student in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, Irvine. She received her B.S. in chemical engineering and M.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include renewable energy systems, renewable fuels, and equity and diversity in engineering education. She aspires to be an engineering professor in the future!

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Mark E. Walter University of California, Irvine

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Dr. Walter received his PhD in Applied Mechanics from Caltech. He spent a year as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow doing materials science research at the Universitaet Karlsruhe. He joined the Ohio State University in January of 1997 and spent 17 years there running a research group, teaching mechanics and design classes, and advising two US Department of Energy solar decathlon teams. Dr. Walter's research was focused on understanding deformation and failure mechanisms at the micro-scale. In 1998 he received a NSF CAREER award to study thermal barrier coatings and was later active in studying durability of solid oxide fuel cell materials. After one year at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics in Holzkirchen, Germany, in July of 2015, Dr. Walter joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. At UCI Dr. Walter teaches regular MAE classes and helps to manage the senior projects program.

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Natascha Trellinger Buswell University of California, Irvine Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-8503-5787

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Natascha Trellinger Buswell is an assistant professor of teaching in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, Irvine. She earned her B.S. in aerospace engineering at Syracuse University and her Ph.D. in engineering education in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She is particularly interested in teaching conceptions and methods and graduate level engineering education.

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Abstract

In this work in progress paper, we present our research on the teaming experiences of undergraduate engineering students in an engineering design projects ecosystem. The ecosystem consists of projects that vary in size, student-level, and goals. We present a literature review on team formation and function and the role of psychological safety on students’ experiences. We then present foundational results from our survey data which we will use to inform a subsequent interview study. Our current results illuminate how student roles are assigned on the teams and show that students report strong psychological safety with their fellow team members, with student team leaders, and with project advisors. We perform pairwise statistical tests to determine if significant differences in responses exist between different groups of students and if correlations exists between responses to different questions or the grade students’ receive in the course. Finally, we propose an interview study that aims to examine details and descriptions of the teaming experience in the students’ voices.

Copp, D. A., & Hormaza Mejia, A., & Walter, M. E., & Buswell, N. T. (2021, July), Team Formation and Function Decisions and Student Roles on Diverse Engineering Design Teams Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37827

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