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A Global Collaborative Effort to Enhance Design in a Mechanical Engineering Curriculum in Saudi Arabia

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Nesar Merah, Abul Fazal Arif, Abdel-Salam Eleiche, Abdel-Rahman Shuaib, Numan Abu-Dheir, Haitham M. S. Bahaidarah

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Maria C. Yang, David R. Wallace, Warren P. Seering, Victor Tang

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Paper No. DETC2010-28784, pp. 747-752; 6 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 15th Design for Manufacturing and the Lifecycle Conference; 7th Symposium on International Design and Design Education
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 15–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4414-4 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3881-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


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.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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