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Ten Year Experience of Global Capstone Design Projects in China

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2015 ASEE International Forum


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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Concurrent Paper Tracks - Session I

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International Forum

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19.36.1 - 19.36.9



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Yiming Rong Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Yiming (Kevin) Rong is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Associate Program Director of Manufacturing/Materials Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He received his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from University of Kentucky, in 1989. Dr. Rong worked as a faculty member at Southern Illinois University for eight years before joining WPI in 1998. Since 2010, Professor Rong has also worked at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, taking the leadership in Manufacturing Engineering.

Dr. Rong’s research areas include Manufacturing Systems and Processes, and Computer-aided Fixture Design. He is the principal investigator of several federal and industrial funded research projects. Dr. Rong is a fellow of ASME and member of ASM, SME, and ASEE. He has published two books and over 200 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings.

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Ten Year Experience of Global Capstone Design Projects in China Yiming Rong Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA, rong@wpi.eduAbstractAs the economy becomes more and more globalized, the need for engineers withinternational background is growing fast not only in quantity but also in quality withdifferent performance measures. In order to provide the society with quality engineers inthe new century, engineering education has been developed more and more in threedimensions, i.e., academic, entrepreneurial, and social components of the learningprocess. This paper describes our exploration of integrating these components in acomprehensive project practice in the senior project center in China. In addition toenhancing academic acquisition of scientific knowledge and problem solving ability, thenon-technical skills have been practiced in doing real world projects sponsored by globalcompanies. Through working in mixed teams with members from USA and China, thestudents have the opportunity to grow and becoming better global citizens. They learn tounderstand the society and the social responsibility of a qualified engineer. They alsolearn from each other by living and working together during the project period. Thisenriches their cultural background, high-quality human being, and cross cultureunderstanding.

Rong, Y. (2015, June), Ten Year Experience of Global Capstone Design Projects in China Paper presented at 2015 ASEE International Forum, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--17159

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