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WIP: Student-Guided Project for Measurement System Development with ABET and EM Assessment

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Mechanical Engineering

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James A. Mynderse Lawrence Technological University Orcid 16x16

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James A. Mynderse, PhD is an Associate Professor in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. He serves as director for the BS in Robotics Engineering and MS in Mechatronic Systems Engineering programs. His research interests include mechatronics, dynamic systems, and control with applications to piezoelectric actuators, hysteresis, and perception. He serves as the faculty advisor for the LTU Baja SAE team.

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A team-based student project in a new Measurement Systems course is presented with assessment for both ABET Student Outcome 6 and demonstration of behaviors associated with an entrepreneurial mindset. The technical assessment aligns with ABET Student Outcome 6 by splitting the outcome into six sub-outcomes and assessing each on a rubric for student project reports. This method allows each sub-outcome to be measured, evaluated, and reported. After three semesters, all student teams were performing at or above minimal level, but more study is warranted. The entrepreneurial mindset assessment is performed using a student survey to self-identify the extent to which example behaviors associated with an entrepreneurial mindset were demonstrated. Survey data was only available for one semester in which the project was adjusted for COVID-19. Student responses to questions about the open-ended and real-world nature of the project and demonstration of example behaviors associated with curiosity had mixed results. Students did demonstrate a number of example behaviors associated with other dimensions of an entrepreneurial mindset. Additional data will be collected in the coming semesters.

Mynderse, J. A. (2021, July), WIP: Student-Guided Project for Measurement System Development with ABET and EM Assessment Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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