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The Benefits And Trade Offs Of Web Based Industry Sponsored Projects

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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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Industrial-Sponsored Design

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9.1236.1 - 9.1236.6

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Richard Fry

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Session Number: 1325

The Benefits and Trade-offs of Web-Based Industry Sponsored Projects

Richard Fry, IDSA, ITEA Assistant Professor, Industrial Design Program School of Technology Brigham Young University

Introduction Industrial Design has been a part of Brigham Young University for the past 35 years. BYU is situated in Provo, UT – 700 miles in any direction from the closest centers of Industrial Design. Sixty percent of all other industrial Design programs recognized by NASAD are located within 100 miles of major manufacturing areas. This isolation of our program makes it difficult for our students to get the exposure, and experience that they need to be successful in the industry.

Over the past 35 years, external project sponsors have been sought to combat this perceived isolation. Project sponsors have included:

General Motors Ford Mercury Marine Baja Boat Motorola Hewlett Packard Icon Health and Fitness Compaq Computer Hummer Tecumsah Motor The Coleman Company Harley Davidson Clairol Oster Armco Steel Hannebrink Bicycle Fulton Homes Texas Instruments Agio Chairs Honda R&D North America

Sponsored projects give the students a sense of responsibility, variety, and excitement. Faculty members gain the benefit of being able to share the teaching load, and call on virtual experts on a variety of fields depending on the specialty of the sponsoring organization.

This paper will focus on the transition of running these projects on the web, and the contrast between these web-based projects to non web-based projects

Definition of Sponsorship: For our purposes, sponsorship is defined where the company you are working with has active

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

Fry, R. (2004, June), The Benefits And Trade Offs Of Web Based Industry Sponsored Projects Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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