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Using National Design Competition Projects As A Component Of A Lower Division Design Course

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.477.1 - 2.477.9



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Janak Dave

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Thomas G. Boronkay

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Session 2438

Using National Design Competition Projects as a Component of a Lower Division Design Course

Janak Dave, Thomas G. Boronkay University of Cincinnati


It has been observed that Engineering Technology students learn better by doing/building things. Applying theoretical concepts to practical applications enhances their overall understanding. This is especially true in the area of Mechanical Design.

In order to accomplish this, we, in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department, University of Cincinnati, have incorporated National Design Competition projects (ASME, ASEE) in the lower division design course. Students design, build and test their models. This process helps students in visualizing results of their team design.

This paper describes the inclusion of these projects in our sophomore level Design of Machine Elements course. Student reactions to these projects and to the team work are also discussed.


We have observed that students learn better by doing or building things and that application of theoretical concepts in designing and building a device, enhances their overall understanding. An Engineering Technology program usually has more hands on orientation than an Engineering program. Most courses in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at the University of Cincinnati have a laboratory component. This is also true in the area of Mechanical Design. We are presenting our efforts to enhance the Design of Machine Elements course, so as to include designing, building, and testing a product.

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Associate Degree students in Mechanical Engineering Technology are required to take the following courses as a part of their design sequence.

Dave, J., & Boronkay, T. G. (1997, June), Using National Design Competition Projects As A Component Of A Lower Division Design Course Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6880

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