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Managing the interdisciplinary approach to engineering design


Adair, D and Jaeger, M, Managing the interdisciplinary approach to engineering design, International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 42, (2) pp. 175-184. ISSN 0306-4190 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.7227/IJMEE.0014


Rapid advancement in technology leading to re-structuring of undergraduate engineering curricula, necessitate interdisciplinary capstone projects as part of an engineering teaching and learning programme. Proper management of such projects requires collaboration from both students and faculty from the involved disciplines and a willingness by students to learn from, and about, engineering disciplines not theirs. It should also be the case that interdisciplinary projects will enhance and expand students' problem solving, creative thinking skills and project management skills, and attune them to working with other disciplines in their future professional careers. The case study here concerns the development of a prototype lithium-ion battery pack capable of thermal management. Collaboration is between mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering students and faculty and mathematics and computer science faculty. The paper presents suggestions and reflections on how the foregoing issues are addressed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:interdisciplinary, design, capstone
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Adair, D (Dr Desmond Adair)
UTAS Author:Jaeger, M (Dr Martin Jaeger)
ID Code:98691
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2015-02-24
Last Modified:2015-05-12

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