ERIC Number: ED327090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: 0
MET Senior Projects at an Urban University.
Neff, Gregory; And Others
A report describes the Purdue University Calumet Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program, especially the approaches used to enhance industrial involvement and take advantage of the urban setting to find real-life senior project problems. The outreach program, used by faculty to find student senior project material, is described along with the MET program's Autodesk Training Center which invites attenders to submit hands-on projects from their work to be done by MET senior design students. The report briefly discusses senior project courses, the resources available for senior projects, the university's Center for Community Services which handles the outreach program, faculty contacts, and the co-op program which is viewed as having been successful over the past four years in placing interested students in local industry. It is noted that outreach programs, whether they be formal technology transfer programs, extension or other non-credit courses, or professional and scholarly interactions, can provide a multitude of real-life senior project ideas and financial support. Conversely, a strong senior project component of a MET program can add an important element to the department's outreach activities. (GLR)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Seniors, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Outreach Programs, Program Design, Program Implementation, Resources, School Business Relationship, School Involvement, Student Projects
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 22 Law Drive, Box 2300, Fairfield, NJ 07007-2300 (ASME members $3.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Mechanical Engineering Technology; Purdue University Calumet IN
Note: Paper presented at the Winter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Dallas, TX, November 25-30, 1990).