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Web-based Tools For Supporting Student-driven Capstone Design Team Formation

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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CoED: Potpourri

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Computers in Education

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Varun Agrawal Georgia Institute of Technology

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Varun Agrawal is a Computer Science graduate student in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has prior industry experience working for Microsoft Corporation and Pindrop. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Surat, India.

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Amit Shashikant Jariwala Georgia Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Jariwala is the Director of Design & Innovation for the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Production Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India with honors in 2005 and received Masters of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2007 from IIT Bombay, India. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2013, with minors in Entrepreneurship. Dr. Jariwala has over nine years of research experience in modeling, simulation, engineering design, and manufacturing process development, with research focus on design of polymer based micro additive manufacturing process. During his Ph.D. studies, he was also a participant of the innovative TI:GER® program (funded by NSF:IGERT), which prepares students to commercialize high impact scientific research results. Dr. Jariwala has participated and led several research projects from funded by NSF, the State of Georgia and Industry sponsors. At Georgia Tech, he is responsible for enhancing corporate support for design courses, managing design and fabrication/prototyping facilities, coordinating the design competitions/expo and teaching design courses, with a strong focus on creating and enabling multidisciplinary educational experiences.

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Team formation for Capstone Design projects is a complex challenge due to the many parameters involved, many of which are intangible. Of all the challenges in organizing a Capstone Design course, team formation is considered the primary one due to its importance in facilitating synergistic partnerships for successful completion of the Capstone project. The authors propose a process for facilitating team creation in an organic fashion amongst students by collecting and providing information about student interest on a per project basis as well as on each student's skills. This allows students to gauge the interest levels of potential teammates for projects they are interested in as well and choose teammates that have complementary skills, thus maximizing their potential for success. To measure the efficacy of our system, post-process data analytics was utilized to gauge the utility of the proposed method to help form student teams. Findings from these analyses are discussed along with opportunities for future improvements.

Agrawal, V., & Jariwala, A. S. (2017, June), Web-based Tools For Supporting Student-driven Capstone Design Team Formation Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29113

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