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What’s Standard? Industry Application versus University Education of Engineering StandardsABET requires engineering students use design standards produced by professional societiesduring their senior year to prepare for life after graduation. However, no standard approach foreducational content development on the use of standards is available and an information deficitexists on how application of these standards differs between industry and academia. To addressthis need, the first part of our analysis focuses on the use of standards in a capstone mechanicalengineering senior design course, a class that is ubiquitous in engineering programs in the UnitedStates. The capstone senior design course partners with industry sponsors to produce a productfor implementation at the end of a sixteen week semester. An early stage in the design process isthe identification of standards applicable to the project. Students are given instruction on findingand locating standards at the library and also through outside sources. Students are asked to seekout standards “at will” rather than being required by the project narrative and record thestandards utilized in the final design report. The second part of our analysis surveys the use andorganization of standards by the industry sponsors of the design course irrespective of thesponsored projects. The data collected includes how company sponsors acquire standards,utilization rate, and of particular interest is the organization of standards that are purchased forfuture use. After identifying synergies between the academic and industrial approaches, wepropose a foundation of engineering standards education based in the contextual learningcurriculum. Finally, we provided recommendations for engineering standards literacy toreinforce the need for life-long learning skills.
Leachman, C., & Pezeshki, C. (2015, June), What’s Standard? Industry Application versus University Education of Engineering Standards Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25068
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