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The Design And Manufacturing Clinic: Bringing Industrial Projects Into The Classroom

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.512.1 - 4.512.12

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Philip Doepker

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Session 2323

The Design and Manufacturing Clinic: Bringing Industrial Projects into the Classroom Philip E. Doepker University of Dayton


For over a decade capstone design courses and other project related courses have implemented projects that have roots in industry. This was done on an informal basis between professors and contacts in industry. This process lacked consistency in that some projects would be repeated from previous terms or projects would be completely defined by faculty with no input from industry. With recent findings (1,3,8) from various technical societies, agencies and boards it was recommended those industrial projects be addressed by teams within the curriculum.

In 1996 a Design and Manufacturing Clinic was established at the University of Dayton for developing formal contacts in industry for the purpose of implementing team based projects in the curriculum. This paper will address the evolution of the clinic and the procedure for bringing industrial projects into the classroom. Major issues to be addressed will be:

1. The need for experiential learning and the importance of solving practical problems that are grounded in industry.

2. The organization of the clinic which includes the role of the advisory committees. The Council on Design and Manufacturing represents faculty input. The Design and Manufacturing Advisory Committee provides a vehicle for input from industry.

3. The roles of the industrial and faculty mentors during the project.

4. The “Design Project Agreement” a (legal) document that specifies the major phases of the project as well as a non-disclosure agreement. This also outlines the commitment of the clinic to provide specific deliverables to the sponsors, including oral presentations and written documentation.

5. The development of the budget and project fees.

To supplement the above, examples will be presented to show the diversity and interdisciplinary nature of the large number of projects that have been implemented.

Doepker, P. (1999, June), The Design And Manufacturing Clinic: Bringing Industrial Projects Into The Classroom Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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