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Using a Marketplace to Form Multidisciplinary Systems Engineering Capstone Project Teams

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Systems Engineering

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24.1318.1 - 24.1318.17



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Mark Ardis Stevens Institute of Technology

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Mark Ardis is a Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. He is interested in the professionalization of software engineering, and its relationship to systems engineering. In his career Mark has helped create academic programs in software engineering at 5 schools. He received a BA in mathematics from Cornell University and a PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland. Mark may be reached at

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Christina L. Carmen University of Alabama in Huntsville

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Dr. Carmen obtained a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree as well as a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. While at Ga. Tech she worked with Dr. Warren Strahle, researching solid propellants. She obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) with a focus upon turbulent combustion modeling. Dr. Carmen is the capstone design class coordinator in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department at UAH. She primarily teaches MAE senior design classes with a focus upon product realization and STEM outreach– a class she has taught for 12 years.

Several of Dr. Carmen’s senior design teams have won national and international design competitions including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division safety competition, the International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, the American Astronautical Society/von Braun Symposium student poster competition, the NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) Systems Engineering design competition and the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. In 2012, the UAH Moonbuggy team won 1st place in the Moonbuggy race.

Dr. Carmen is the UAH ASME student chapter faculty advisor as well as a Director of the North Alabama ASME section. Dr. Carmen has served as a National Science Foundation scholarship panelist, Department of Defense SMART scholarship panelist and as a delegate to the ASME Leadership Training conference. In 2010 and 2013, Dr. Carmen was named the Outstanding Mechanical Engineer in North Alabama by ASME. In 2010 she was awarded a NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) faculty fellowship – one of 5 senior design class instructors selected from around the country to participate in the program. As a result of the fellowship, several UAH MAE senior design teams have been able to work with NASA engineers on projects that are relevant to NASA’s mission. In April 2011, Dr. Carmen was selected as a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award recipient.

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Michael Delorme Stevens Institute of Technology

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Mr. Michael DeLorme is an Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Associate at the Davidson Laboratory at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He has conducted over 50 significant marine hydrodynamic experiments on both surface and subsurface vehicles. Other areas of recent research include; the application of hydro-acoustic techniques for the detection, classification and tracking of non-emitting small vessels, the implementation of UUVs for port/maritime security and environmental assessment, and path planning of a UUV through a complex estuary.

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Eirik Hole Stevens Institute of Technology (SSE)

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Eirik Hole has since 2004 held the position of lecturer in systems engineering and engineering management in the School of Systems & Enterprise at Stevens Institute of Technology. Prior to this, he held systems engineering positions in a number of companies, primarily in the automotive and aerospace fields, in Norway and Germany. He obtained a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 1995. - See more at:

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Using a Marketplace to Form Multidisciplinary Systems Engineering Capstone Project TeamsAbstractOur previous research has shown that multidisciplinary capstone projects can enhancedevelopment of systems engineering competencies. However, undergraduate engineeringcapstone projects typically focus on only one engineering discipline. In order to assist facultyand students in forming multidisciplinary teams a marketplace has been created formultidisciplinary systems engineering capstone projects. The marketplace also enables potentialproject sponsors to advertise opportunities to a broad audience of potential student teamsrepresenting a variety of engineering disciplines. It also enables students to form their own teamsbased on common interests and complementary skills.In our pilot year the capstone marketplace offered a variety of challenging projects to severalengineering schools. In one case, students from three different disciplines at two universitiescreated a capstone project that engaged two different project sponsors with similar interests andneeds. This effort- Dual-Use Ferry project- investigated the design of safe ferry transports thatcould also serve to deploy emergency relief supplies in the event of a natural catastrophe.Multidisciplinary student engineering teams face a number of challenges that do not arise withinsingle disciplinary teams. Similarly, teams formed from multiple universities need to work morediligently to stay connected than do teams that can meet face-to-face easily. It was determinedthat systems engineering concepts and techniques helped the students on the Dual-Use Ferryproject overcome some of the disciplinary and distance barriers that might otherwise haveprevented them from working together effectively. It was also found that these types of teamsrequire more discipline and attention to scheduling and communication issues as well asawareness of interdependencies between the different tasks than single disciplinary singleuniversity capstone projects.

Ardis, M., & Carmen, C. L., & Delorme, M., & Hole, E. (2014, June), Using a Marketplace to Form Multidisciplinary Systems Engineering Capstone Project Teams Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23252

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