The Mechanical Engineering faculty at Western Kentucky University have developed and implemented a Design of Experiments Plan to assure that graduates of the program have acquired the skills necessary to design and conduct experiments and analyze experimental results. The ME faculty have defined the components of design of experiments, agreed to levels of competence that are expected as a student progresses through the program, and developed assessment tools to quantify student achievement. Instruction is integrated over a dozen courses, and students finally demonstrate the ability to select experimental tools and methods, and apply them to analyze less-defined experimental problems in a senior capstone experimentation class. This class requires student teams to complete three different experiences—mechanical, materials and thermal. The Design of Experiments Plan provides a framework for building upon previous lab work, assessing student progress, and adjusting lab coverage based on prior assessments to assure that graduates of the program are capable experimental practitioners upon graduation.

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