An Innovative Approach to A Cross-Disciplinary Senior Design Project

S. Moaveni, K. C. Chou

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In this paper, we discuss a collaborative effort among civil and mechanical engineering faculty, students, and industry in a capstone design project. It is well known that funding for educational laboratory equipment is limited. It is also known that when industry upgrades their equipment, they donate some of their replaced equipment to universities. This type of activity renders an attractive opportunity for upgrading educational laboratory equipment, providing realistic design projects for students, and fostering collaboration among various programs within a university. In this type of collaboration, the students in the design team would work closely with faculty and students from another program to modify the donated equipment to meet their needs. The design objectives are defined by the faculty and students who will use the modified apparatus. This type of project meets the goals of a major design experience to emulate the practice of planning and designing of an engineering project. It also provides product-development experience and technical communication activities such as writing experimental procedures and a user’s manual. Another unique feature of this type of collaboration is that the design team has direct interaction with the endusers (the students). This type of interaction may not exist in other projects, including the ones sponsored by industry. In this paper, we will share in detail our experience in managing and dealing with this type of collaborative project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-68
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Engineering
StatePublished - 2008

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