A Global Collaborative Effort to Enhance Design in a Mechanical Engineering Curriculum in Saudi Arabia
Author(s)Arif, Abul Fazal; Abu-Dheir, Numan; Bahaidarah, Haitham M. S.; Merah, Nesar; Yang, Maria; Wallace, David; Seering, Warren Paul; Tang, Victor; Eleiche, Abdel-Salam Mohamed; Shuaib, Abdelrahman N.; ... Show more Show less
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In 2008, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Saudi Arabia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) partnered together to develop project-based curricular material to be tested out in a new undergraduate course offering in KFUPM’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. This paper details some of the unique challenges to collaborating across countries and time zones, and the approaches the KFUPM-MIT team used to address these. These approaches have so far included the establishment of a shared vision for the project and the use of an array of technologies to facilitate distance communication. The paper concludes with a description of lessons learned that might be useful for future programs that plan to engage in international collaboration on design education.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
Volume 6: 15th Design for Manufacturing and the Lifecycle Conference; 7th Symposium on International Design and Design Education
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Merah, Nesar, Maria C. Yang, David R. Wallace, Warren P. Seering, Victor Tang, Abul Fazal Arif, Abdel-Salam Eleiche, Abdel-Rahman Shuaib, Numan Abu-Dheir, and Haitham M. S. Bahaidarah. “A Global Collaborative Effort to Enhance Design in a Mechanical Engineering Curriculum in Saudi Arabia.” Volume 6: 15th Design for Manufacturing and the Lifecycle Conference; 7th Symposium on International Design and Design Education (2010). doi:10.1115/detc2010-28784.
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