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The Global Engineering Design Team (Gedt) Transatlantic Team Based Design For Undergraduates

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.626.1 - 5.626.10



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Valana Baxter

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Mark R Henderson

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Alan de Pennington

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Session 2425

The Global Engineering Design Team (GEDT)- Transatlantic Team- based Design for Undergraduates

Mark Henderson, Alan de Pennington, Jim Baxter, Valana Wells Arizona State University/University of Leeds/University of Leeds/Arizona State University

I. Introduction

Industries are becoming more global in nature, especially in their supply chains. Undergraduate engineering students rarely address this trend nor do they ever get to participate in international or non-collocated teaming. Furthermore, international companies have a desire to explore closer global relationships with their current or prospective supply chain companies. For these reasons, Arizona State University and the University of Leeds have begun a joint academic year course entitled the Global Engineering Design Team (GEDT). The goal was to create a single team of students on a company-sponsored design project that required continual global teamwork, thinking and communication and would prepare the students for Design in a Global Environment. The first implementation of this course was during the 1998-99 academic year and involved a total of 9 undergraduate engineering students, 4 from ASU (2 industrial engineering, 1 mechanical and 1 aerospace) and 5 from Leeds (4 mechanical and 1 mathematics engineering). The first year was sponsored by Boeing Commercial Airplane Co. in Seattle, WA and Rolls-Royce Engines in Derby, England. The project proposed by the industry sponsors for this GEDT was to produce 40 spheres, each half produced by superplastically forming either Ti64 or an Aluminum alloy and matching the dissimilar halves into a watertight assembly using a flexible joining method. The resulting spheres would be 4 inches in diameter and would resist rolling on a 10-degree incline. A finished sphere is shown in Figure 1. Note Figure 1: A completed Ti64/Al the eccentricity in the top Aluminum portion compared to the spherical bottom Ti64 half. This will be discussed later. This project is different from most student projects for several reasons. Most projects do not require production (other than a prototype) and most projects do not have industry mentors to help with all project aspects including the technical and project management tasks. And, most importantly, student projects typically do not require interfacing with international universities nor international travel.

Baxter, V., & Henderson, M. R., & Baxter, J., & de Pennington, A. (2000, June), The Global Engineering Design Team (Gedt) Transatlantic Team Based Design For Undergraduates Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8410

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