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The Art Of Engineering In Capstone Design Project

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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DEED Poster Session

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9.1230.1 - 9.1230.8



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Ramana Pidaparti

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Session 1725

The Art of Engineering in Capstone Design Ramana M. Pidaparti

Department of Mechanical Engineering Purdue School of Engineering and Technology Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Indianapolis, IN 46202 Email:


It is the author’s strong belief that engineering students should seek creative designs from arts as well as other perspectives to understand multidisciplinary design techniques and effectively solve today’s complex design problems. In Spring 2003, senior design projects completed at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis) illustrated the results of a harmonious merger of the artistic and technical talents of our students. This paper presents information on a unique capstone design project that involved collaboration between the arts and engineering, and the impact on the quality of the final design. It is very likely that multidisciplinary design projects will be increasingly developed and implemented in institutions of higher learning across the country as more art and engineering collaborations lead to creative design projects and valuable learning experiences for students.


The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology’s (ABET) EC-2000 criteria emphasizes the need for design rich curriculum providing contemporary and real-world applications [1]. Over the years, engineering educators have been modifying and enhancing the design curriculum through a variety of means including advanced thinking skills, creative and inventive process and multidisciplinary projects and experience [2-5]. National organizations, like American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) [6], National Science Foundation (NSF) [7], American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) [8], and others have identified "Multidisciplinary Design" as an important topic in the mechanical engineering curriculum for undergraduate students. Multidisciplinary design is a vast topic, and it is very hard to find relevant material in one prescribed book. Also, faculty from various disciplines may have valuable experiences but not have the opportunity to engage in a collaborative teaching environment. We feel that there is a need to develop ways of integrating creative multidisciplinary teaching/learning techniques into the undergraduate curriculum.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Pidaparti, R. (2004, June), The Art Of Engineering In Capstone Design Project Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--12986

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