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Use of Capstone Design Project in Undergraduate Materials and Manufacturing and Experimentation Courses.

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Innovations in Materials Education

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22.1588.1 - 22.1588.8



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Andrew P. Conkey Texas A&M University, Qatar

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Andrew Conkey has been an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M, Qatar since January 2009. He is involved with the mechanical engineering capstone design class as well as vibrations, and mechanics of materials.

His research interests are in fiber optic based vibration sensor for machinery condition monitoring.

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Richard B. Griffin Texas A&M University, Qatar

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Richard B. Griffin, Ph.D., P.E. (TX) has been a faculty member at Texas A&M University since 1977. He earned his B.S. at Pennsylvania State University (1964) in Metallurgy/Metallurgical Engineering, and his Ph.D. at Iowa State University (1969) in Metallurgy. His expertise is in the area of materials where he has taught and done research for more than 30 years. Dr. Griffin has worked in various areas of corrosion: erosion/corrosion, scc cracking of high strength steels, and corrosion under organic coatings. He has also worked in tribology where he studied the compound wear process. For almost a decade, he was a member of the Foundation Coalition team, which developed and implemented freshmen and sophomore engineering programs at Texas A&M University. Recently, Dr. Griffin has helped in the establishment of a branch campus of Texas A&M University in Doha, Qatar. He has received the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for student relations, he has received a NACE Technical Achievement Award, and this spring he received a Halliburton Faculty Fellows Award. He is a member ASM ASEE, and NACE. Since 2008, Dr. Griffin has been the Program Chair for Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, Qatar.

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Use of Capstone Design Project in Junior Level Materials and ManufacturingCourse. Author: Richard B. Griffin, Program Chair, Texas A&M University at Qatar,PO Box 11130, College Station, TX 77842 John Bryant Andy Conkey Texas A&M University has had a combined materials and manufacturingcourse (MEEN 360) that includes a design component and an experimentationcourse (MEEN 404) that requires students to design, build and analyze anexperiment. A variety of different projects have been used during the years thecourses have been taught. This year one of Texas A&M University at Qatar Mechanical Engineering(MEEN) capstone design projects is the Shell Eco Marathon car. MEEN willparticipate in the contest in Malaysia. The senior class is small and they requirehelp in completing the design. The management team for the ECO Marathonproject is planning on providing potential design projects to students in the abovetwo classes. The resulting projects will be evaluated with respect to their impact on theundergraduate course that it is being used in and how it supplements the seniorcapstone design class. Samples of student projects will be included in the paper.

Conkey, A. P., & Griffin, R. B. (2011, June), Use of Capstone Design Project in Undergraduate Materials and Manufacturing and Experimentation Courses. Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18840

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