Rochester Institute of Technology




Keith Stanfill (Co-Chair)
Robert Hart (Co-Chair)

Beth DeBartolo (Local)
Steve Beyerlein
Patsy Brackin
Jay Goldberg
Amy Hortop
Susannah Howe
Glen Livesay
Shraddha Sangelkar
Bridget Smyser


Workshop Session 1: Mon June 4, 6:00-7:30 PM

W1A: Rapid Prototyping the IoT with Texas Instruments
Access to high performance electronics, specialized sensing devices, and rapid prototyping tools is important for the success of many student capstone projects. Integrating wireless and cloud tools is also required for many modern applications. This calls for significant systems knowledge from the instructor that can be overwhelming to advise. Learn about how to access these tools for your program through TI and the key use cases of where to recommend the right tools and solutions to students for their electronics. Learn about the limitations of certain common solutions and how to navigate projects that require special support.
(Mark Easley, Texas Instruments)

W1B: Modules for Demonstrating the New ABET Criteria while Infusing the Entrepreneurial Mindset
KEEN (KERN Entrepreneurial Engineering Network) has available modules with associated assessment instruments that address several of the new design, project management, and communication requirements in the new ABET Student Outcomes. Workshop participants will review available modules, select appropriate modules, and plan implementation to demonstrate ABET Student Outcomes.
(Patsy Brackin, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; John Estell, Ohio Northern University; John Ochs, Lehigh University; Doug Melton, KERN Family Foundation)

W1C: Practical Project Management Instruction in Your Capstone
This workshop will provide participants with practical advice and resources for effectively carrying out project management instruction in the limited time available within capstone courses. Participants will discover why each of 5 competencies are important and have the opportunity to experience short example lessons. All attendees will receive sample curricula, lessons, slides, and books.
(Samuel Malachowsky, Rochester Institute of Technology)

W1D: Developing Robust Forms of Reasoning for Engineering Decision-Making
Engineers make complex decisions, which require different combinations of rational, emotive and intuitive reasoning. This workshop will facilitate discussion on how engineering decision-making is taught in capstone design. Attendees will leave the workshop with new, research-based perspectives on how they can maximize students’ development towards robust decision-making.
(Emily Dringenberg and Annie Abell - The Ohio State University)


Workshop Session 2: Tue June 5, 9:00-10:30 AM

W2A: Collaborative Problem Solving with Beagle Learning
Capstone courses play a critical role in helping students develop a wide range of skills not found in your typical lecture class – critical thinking, effective questions asking, dealing with ambiguity, and iteratively improving one’s own understanding. We founded Beagle Learning to cultivate these skills. We use a simple methodology for complex problem solving based on inquiry and student-led learning techniques.
(Turner Bohlen, Lindy Elkins Tanton, James Tanton, and Carolyn Goettsch - Beagle Learning)


Workshop Session 3: Tue June 5, 10:45AM-12:15PM

W3A: Geometric-Based Topological Optimization and Analysis for Capstone Projects
Inspire’s modern user interface, backed by industry verified solver technology, allows for anyone to easily and quickly perform advanced static analysis and topological optimization and create lightweight yet structurally reliable designs. Attendees will see the full capabilities of Inspire and how it can fit into a capstone project, allowing students to create an optimized and structurally sound design. Attendees will be provided with flash drive containing a temporary license, installation of the software and free eBook on Inspire.
(Erik W. Larson and Darius Fadanelli - Altair)


Workshop Session 4: Tue June 5, 6:00-7:30 PM

W4A: Assessment of Motivation in Capstone Design
Motivation is important but seldom addressed in undergraduate engineering curricula. Tools for assessing and communicating student motivation in capstone project classes can identify effective instructional strategies and stimulate improved motivation-related behaviors. This workshop will enable participants to learn about assessments and feedback mechanisms for student motivation in team projects.
(Peter Rogers and Denny Davis - The Ohio State University)

W4B: Have Cart, Will Stream
Distributed teams, as remote project sponsors or teams at multiple institutions, are part of the capstone experience. This necessitates having resources for synchronous meeting communication and live streaming presentations. This workshop's goal will be to discuss and demonstrate available resources including the "streaming cart" that RIT software engineering uses.
(Jim Vallino, Rochester Institute of Technology)

W4C: Synergizing Product, Process, and Performer Needs in Externally-Sponsored Capstone Projects with Right-Sized Design Methodologies
Design methodologies used in industry have proliferated, and offer different student learning experiences. This means capstone faculty need flexibility in selection of design processes used to manage externally-sponsored capstone projects. This workshop utilizes role-playing scenarios to help capstone instructors analyze lean/agile, waterfall, and IDEO methodologies in optimizing student learning and project outcomes.
(Chuck Pezeshki, Washington State University; Steve Beyerlein, University of Idaho)

W4D: Quick and Easy Idea Generation Techniques
Brainstorming isn't enough. Structured techniques for idea generation will enable teams to come up with unique, innovative design options. This workshop will introduce and demonstrate several quick and effective techniques aimed at augmenting idea generation for student led design projects.
(Darrell Kleinke and Megan Conrad - University of Detroit Mercy)


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