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Three Freshman Team Design Projects

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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First-Year Design Experiences

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10.1345.1 - 10.1345.17



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Teodora Shuman

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Greg Mason

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Three Freshman Team Design Projects

Teodora Rutar, Greg Mason Mechanical Engineering Department, Seattle University


This paper contains a detailed description of three design team-projects developed for a freshman course in mechanical engineering. All projects include the research, design, prototyping, testing, and analysis phases of the design process, and can be completed within half of a two quarter- credit course. They are detailed and in-depth, spanning beyond the typical “hobby-shop” freshman projects.

The three team-projects are the design and testing of a wind turbine, a door handle, and a flywheel. The description of each includes the list of project requirements, learning objectives, design performance measures, testing setup, assignments, timeline, and design considerations. The paper contains examples of students’ work, such as design sketches and prototypes manufactured on a stereo-lithography machine (3-D printer), and rubrics used to evaluate the student’s individual and team performance. Also included is an example of how assignment grades are linked to ABET (a-k) Program Outcomes.

I. Introduction

This paper describes three design team-projects developed for MEGR 181, a freshman engineering design course, offered in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Seattle University. The course has eight learning outcomes.

At the completion of the course students should be able to: 1. Apply the design process to solve an engineering problem, 2. Identify functional requirements and constraints for a design problem, 3. Develop a prototype design, 4. Work effectively in small teams, 5. Document knowledge and product designs through written memorandums and reports, 6. Use oral presentation to present design and test results, 7. Retrieve information from archival literature, and 8. Run an experiment and analyze the results.

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright @ 2005. American Society for Engineering Education

Shuman, T., & Mason, G. (2005, June), Three Freshman Team Design Projects Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14587

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