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Using NASA's Robotic Mining Competition to Give Students a Quality Systems Engineering Experience

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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Systems Engineering Learning Outcomes and Assessment

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Systems Engineering

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Jeremiah J. Neubert University of North Dakota

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Dr. Jeremiah Neubert is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Dakota. He conducted research and taught at Cambridge University. Prior to that, Dr. Neubert attended the University of Wisconsin and obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and master’s of science degrees in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering. During his time at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Neubert served as a National Science GK-12 fellow where he worked with a team of high school teachers and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to develop modules for secondary school educators.

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Today’s engineers need to have a thorough understanding of systems engineering to be able to develop the complex systems used in a more connected world. NASA, motivated by its need for engineers with an understanding of systems engineering, developed the Robotic Mining Competition to provide a mechanism by which student can get a hands-on systems engineering experience. This paper discusses how the Robotic Mining Competition is used to provide students with a multidisciplinary, systems engineering learning experience. Specifically, it presents the general design process used by the University of North Dakota Robotic Mining Competition Team. The paper also contains a discussion of how the team evolved from year to year based on their successes and failures.

Neubert, J. J. (2016, June), Using NASA's Robotic Mining Competition to Give Students a Quality Systems Engineering Experience Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27155

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