Asee peer logo

Unifying Approaches To Mechanical Engineering Design Through A Multidisciplinary Effort

Download Paper |


2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

Start Date

June 16, 2002

End Date

June 19, 2002



Conference Session

Trends in Mechanical Engineering

Page Count


Page Numbers

7.1227.1 - 7.1227.13



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

Yves Van Hoenacker

author page

Philippe Micheau

author page

Patrik Doucet

author page

Patrice Masson

author page

Jean Lapointe

author page

Aymeric Kron

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Main Menu

Session 1566

Unifying Approaches to Mechanical Engineering Design Through a Multidisciplinary Effort

Aymeric Kron, Patrik Doucet, Patrice Masson, Yves Van Hoenacker Jean Lapointe, Philippe Micheau

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, J1K 2R1


The completely renewed Mechanical Engineering curriculum features nine credits in mechatronics, including two formal courses (Mechatronics I and Mechatronics II) and a Project of Mechatronics course, as well as fifteen credits in system and product design, including a three credit Design Methodology course and a twelve credit Major Design Project extended over the last three terms of the program. These two large components of the program were developed according to the characteristics of each discipline. This paper presents the results up to the present of a multidisciplinary effort to unify the approaches to mechanical engineering design. It presents the enriched version of the Product Development Process (PDP) which has been developed in order to integrate the two approaches. In this respect, specific tools will be introduced in order to join the design process of a mechatronics system with the design of more traditional mechanical engineering products. This will be illustrated using a pill counter designed by the students as an example. In addition to the Mechatronics and the System and Product Design courses, the scope of this Educational Improvement Project extends to a Computer Programming course and a Project Management course. This paper shows the extent of the changes which are to be brought to all these courses.

The Sherbrooke Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

Competency development and integration are the key words of the new Mechanical Engineering curriculum. As shown in Figure 1, design projects are used to carry out the overall integration of different competencies along two thrusts: 1) vertical integration with specific semester-based projects for the first four terms of the program, 2) horizontal integration with projects in mechatronics and a major design project over the last four terms of the program1,2.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Enginering Education

Main Menu

Van Hoenacker, Y., & Micheau, P., & Doucet, P., & Masson, P., & Lapointe, J., & Kron, A. (2002, June), Unifying Approaches To Mechanical Engineering Design Through A Multidisciplinary Effort Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10108

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2002 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015