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June 2005

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ASEE Annual Conference

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Engineering Education | Industrial and Product Design | Mechanical Engineering | Systems Engineering and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization


For the past two years, faculty at San Jose State University (SJSU) have implemented a three- semester minicurriculum in Product Design and Manufacturing. The project follows the Project- Based Learning (PBL) model and is central to the Certificate Program in Product Design in the Mechanical Engineering Department, the Manufacturing Systems concentration in the Department of Aviation and Technology, and the Industrial Design Program in the School of Art and Design. Students in the three courses in the minicurriculum face design challenges while being instructed about the constraints of manufacturability. In each course, students develop three to four products. All products are developed using advanced solid modeling software, donated by EDS Unigraphics, capable of high levels of simulation and analysis. Instead of segregating the design, materials, and processing instruction, the minicurriculum uses design projects as a medium to learn product design basics including CAD, manufacturing materials, design for assembly, planned innovation process, and functional aesthetics. This initiative, a partnership between the College of Engineering and the School of Art and Design, models successful industry examples of integrated design and manufacturing and allows students to learn relevant collaborative skills early in their undergraduate education. The minicurriculum serves as a model of interdisciplinary education at SJSU.


© 2005 American Society for Engineering Education. This article originally appeared in the proceedings of the 2005 ASEE Annual Conference, and can also be found online at this link.
Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.