June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Cooperative and Experiential Education
Work in Process: Collaborative Design Projects
Engineering projects have become complex in 20th century and require multiple teams from different disciplines to work collaboratively to solve problems. Collaboration between multidisciplinary teams has become a standard in industry; however, educational curricula have been slow to adapt. Although most engineering programs have capstone design course as a part of their curricula and students work together in a team setting, collaborating with other disciples have been neglected. During the spring of 2018, students from Measurement & Instrumentation course, an intensive design course from the department of electrical engineering, and Software Maintenance and Reengineering (a project-driven course from the department of computer science and software engineering) worked collaboratively on five Internet of Things projects. Electrical engineering students designed, and tested hardware, whereas computer science and software engineering students designed and implemented cloud-based web servers and frontend user graphical interfaces. This paper describes the objectives, outcomes and significance of this collaboration. Students from both departments described the collaboration as a unique learning opportunity that provided both challenges and success. A survey was conducted to collect students’ opinions from both classes. In addition to lessons learned, the results of the survey will be discussed in this paper.
Habibi, C., & Chang, L. (2019, June), Work in Process: Collaborative Design Projects Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33567
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