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Technical Design Reviews in Capstone

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Capstone Design

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Design in Engineering Education

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24.1178.1 - 24.1178.13



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Gene Dixon East Carolina University

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Gene Dixon is a tenured Associate Professor at East Carolina where he teaches aspiring engineers at the undergraduate level. Previously he has held positions of responsibility in industry with Union Carbide, Chicago Bridge & Iron, E.I. DuPont & deNemours, Westinghouse Electric, CBS, Viacom and Washington Group. Positions include project engineer, program assessor, senior shift manager, TQM coach, and production reactor outage planner. He received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management from The University of Alabama in Huntsville, a Masters of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a Batchelor of Science in Materials Engineering from Auburn University. He has authored several articles on follower component of leadership and is active in research concerning energy, engineering education, and leadership processes. He has served as newsletter editor/secretary, program chair, division chair and awards chair (or equivalent) in both the Engineering Management and Engineering Economy Divisions of ASEE. He is a fellow of the American Society of Engineering Management and serves as Secretary of the Society and will be president in 2015. Dixon also serves on the Eugene L. Grant Award Committee for the Engineering Economy Division of ASEE. He has been active in leading capstone projects, capstone courses and industry-community relations for eight years.

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Technical design reviews are used throughout industry to assess, question, improve and approve design.The review process is a frank exploration of the design efficacy. Designers are encouraged to keep anopen mind as their design is vetted sometimes in great detail. It is often an exercise in discovering whatmight have been overlooked or misunderstood or misapplied. These reviews are held at the conclusionof a design initiative or at various phases during the design sequence. The technical design review isoften used to ensure design safety but is also used to determine the veracity of design progress inmeeting customer, user or company goals and objectives. This paper reports on the use of the industrialstyle technical design review or its equivalent in the engineering capstone. The technical design reviewcan be used as an informative lecture topic or applied to the capstone project. Based on survey data,this paper reports on how, when and to what extent institutions use a technical design review. Sixty-seven respondents from academician provided input.

Dixon, G. (2014, June), Technical Design Reviews in Capstone Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23111

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