USING SIMPLEX PROBLEM SOLVING PROCESS TO IMPROVE TEAM PROJECT PERFORMANCE

Janet Dong, Janak Dave

Abstract


DOI: 10.14684/intertech.13.2014.37-41

Students working toward a baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at the University of Cincinnati are required to complete a "Design, Build, and Test" senior capstone project. This four-course sequence senior project is designed to facilitate students’ abilities to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills that have been acquired prior to their senior year. This sequence enhances their abilities to solve open-ended problems and to prepare them for the transition from an academic environment to industry. Some capstone design projects are team projects. In addition to expertise and knowledge acquired from their coursework and co-ops, the team projects also require team members to develop additional skills needed to be successful in a team oriented business world. This paper describes the application of the Simplex system – A creative problem solving method, to one of the 2008-2009 team projects. This system was used to improve the quality of the project while experiencing rich team environment. The short description of the capstone design course sequence and comparison to a similar project without using Simplex system is also discussed.


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