Feb 01, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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IE 4901 - Industrial Engineering Senior Design Project I

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This is the first of a two- (three-) course sequence in developing and executing a team capstone design project in Industrial Engineering. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the student’s ability, working within a design team, to integrate the knowledge, skills, and experiences acquired in the Industrial Engineering program. Evaluation of user (client) needs, development of an engineering specification, appropriate evaluation criteria, and techniques for design in the presence of conflicting design constraints (quality, productivity, safety, cost) are reviewed. This course includes an external client-sponsored design project and a design proposal submitted to, and approved by, the client. (prereq: senior standing, GS 1003 , IE 391 , IE 440,  consent of instructor)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the client’s situation and define the problem/opportunity with a clear and concise project purpose and scope
  • Utilize input from the client to establish performance improvement objectives
  • Define an appropriate solution methodology, collect relevant data and information, and identify relevant analytical methods and tools
  • Create a detailed and executable project schedule
  • Utilize agendas and minutes to plan for and document the results of client meetings
  • Communicate, verbally and in writing, the project proposal and project plan
  • Function as an effective team member in the context of a real-world project

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Must have sufficient knowledge of specific industrial engineering techniques that are likely to relate to the course project (such as operations research, manufacturing systems analysis, lean manufacturing, production control, ergonomics, safety, etc.).
  • Must have successfully completed the junior project class, demonstrating the student’s ability to work successfully within a team on a client-sponsored industrial engineering project

Course Topics
  • Project proposals
  • Teamwork, performance evaluations, peer feedback
  • Formal presentations
  • Project schedules
  • Literature review and library research
  • Data gathering and analysis
  • Formal technical reports

Laboratory Topics
  • All laboratory work will be done at the sponsor site or in an MSOE lab, as needed by a particular project

Dr. Leah Newman

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