June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Design in Engineering Education
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The IPT Program at UAHuntsville An Innovative Approach to Design Education and STEM OutreachThis paper will review the Integrated Product Team (IPT) Program at the University of Alabamain Huntsville. The core of the IPT program is a multi-disciplinary, multi-university senior designexperience. This design experience involves students from engineering and non-engineeringdepartments at UAHuntsville as well as engineering and science students from four U.S.universities and two European universities. This year the program has been expanded to includeeight area high schools as part of a new outreach initiative called the Innovative Student Projectfor Increased Recruitment of Engineering and Science Students (InSPIRESS). The goal of thethis initiative is to expand the UAHuntsville Integrated Product Team (IPT) program into areaHigh Schools in order to help them develop a better understanding of the purpose of science andmathematics education by providing the opportunity to develop and design a payload for aspacecraft designed by the UAHuntsville senior design experience. This initiative exposes highschool students to the systems engineering design and integration process over the academicyear. This year over 400 high school, college, and graduate students are involved in the IPTprogram. The overarching goal of the program is to provide a broad impact across the spectrumof the educational system from K-20 by establishing the foundation for a highly integrateddesign program that links graduate education, undergraduate education, and high schooleducation. All of the participants (i.e., faculty advisors, graduate students, undergraduatestudents, high school students, and high school teachers) gain experience in the design of a largescale system and a better understanding of the role of various disciplines in that process. Aparallel goal is to encourage more high school students to pursue careers in STEM related fields.For 2010-11 the UAHuntsville IPT program developed two missions; one to deploy a radioastronomy array on the far side of the moon and one to explore the Jovian moon, Europa. Theinstructors used the 2010 NASA Discovery Announcement of Opportunity as the Request forProposal. All of the teams competing in the project responded with a proposal for their missionand spacecraft concept. This academic year is divided into four phases. Phase 1 - RequirementsDevelopment - focuses on the development of both the scientific and engineering requirementsof the mission. During this phase the teams work closely with the PI organization, representedby the College of Charleston. Phase 2 - Mission Architecture Development - concentrates on theassessment of the overall mission architecture from the launch vehicle to the ground operationsof the proposed spacecraft. Phase 3 - System Definition – focuses on spacecraft subsystem tradestudies and further refinement of the specific spacecraft to meet the scientific requirements andobjectives developed in Phase 1. Phase 4 - Design – focuses on the detailed design andengineering of the spacecraft that is required for the mission of interest. At the conclusion ofPhase 4, an external review board made up for NASA managers and engineers evaluates theproposed designs and chooses one winner of the competition.
Farrington, P. A., & Benfield, M. P., & Turner, M. W. (2011, June), The IPT Program at UA, Huntsville: An Innovative Approach to Design Education and STEM Outreach Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18464
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