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Benefits of Capstone Design Courses in Materials Education

  • R. W. Heckel
  • W. W. Milligan
  • C. L. Nassaralla
  • J. Pilling
  • M. R. Plichta

Abstract

The many educational benefits of capstone design courses are being realized in the rapidly growing number of universities whose engineering departments are inserting such courses into their curricula. As a part of a complete revision of the upper division curriculum, our department added a senior year (three academic terms at four credits per term (approximately 25% effort per term)) capstone course entitled “Materials Processing and Design” (MP&D). We have just completed the third offering of this course as of this writing. Previous papers focused on the development of MP&D were written and presented during the first1 and second2 years in which the course was offered.

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References

  1. 1.
    R. W. Heckel, J. Pilling and M. R. Plichta, A senior-year materials processing and design course, in: ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, American Society of Engineering Education, Washington, DC (1995) pp. 982-988. (Presented at the 1995 ASEE Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA, June 1995.).Google Scholar
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    R. W. Heckel, J. Pilling and M. R. Plichta, A senior-year materials processing and design course, Journal of Materials Education, accepted for publication. (Presented at the Workshop on Materials Education, “Changing the Paradigm in Materials Education”, at the Materials Research Society, 1995 Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, November 1995.).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. W. Heckel
    • 1
  • W. W. Milligan
    • 1
  • C. L. Nassaralla
    • 1
  • J. Pilling
    • 1
  • M. R. Plichta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Metallurgical and Materials EngineeringMichigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA

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