Conference Paper – Integration of Systems Engineering Training Modules into Capstone Courses across College of Engineering Departments

Title: Integration of Systems Engineering Training Modules into Capstone Courses across College of Engineering Departments

Publication Date:  6/26/2011

Conference: 118th American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 2011

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Background:
The Department of Defense (DoD) has identified the promotion of Systems Engineering (SE) knowledge and career path awareness for undergraduate engineering students as a key strategic initiative (1). The DoD chose exposing engineering students to systems engineering training in capstone projects because they are required for all ABET-certified colleges of engineering in the United States (2). Wayne State University decided on a novel approach to achieving this objective by introducing SE training modules into existing capstone courses across both the Industrial and Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments starting in the Fall Semester, 2010 (3). Instructors of the courses collaborated to approach a DoD-relevant design problem, i.e. development of humanitarian assistance/disaster relief kit elements, from multiple perspectives. These modules were developed by one instructor and either taught in joint class sessions or in individual classes where scheduling conflicts could not be overcome. Beyond the Department of Defense objectives, these training modules are being used as a method of achieving continuous improvement in the capstone courses. The first module is an introduction to systems engineering while other modules relate to systems engineering tools that are taught „just-in-time‟ to support completion of the capstone design projects.

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