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Work in Process: Collaborative Design Projects

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

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CEED Technical Session I: WIP: Experiential Learning Potpourri

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Cooperative and Experiential Education

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Cyrus Habibi P.E. University of Wisconsin, Platteville

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Mohammad Habibi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Prior to coming to the UW-Platteville, he was an assistant professor of Integrated Engineering at Minnesota State University-Mankato. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010. His primary research interests are in the field of signal processing, dielectric spectroscopy, and sensors. Specifically, he is interested in developing novel medical devices. In addition to his technical research, he is also an active member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and conducts research in engineering education.

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Lily Chang University of Wisconsin, Platteville

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Dr. Chang earned her PhD in Computer Science from Florida International University and her Master of Science in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her primary research area involves software engineering, specifically formal specification.

Dr. Chang is an associate professor and the program coordinator of the software engineering program at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. She is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and Association for Computing Machinery.

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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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