June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.1318.1 - 24.1318.17
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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