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Rethinking optical engineering capstone design experience

Paper Abstract

We developed a three quarter capstone project course sequence for our ABET accredited optical engineering program. In the first course of the sequence we teach design methodology based on a mini-project done concurrently with lectures outlining the product development process. The mini-project is centered on the design of an imaging system. The kit used for this design project consists of a webcam, 20 lenses, and a collection of lens tubes and adaptors. Over the next two quarters the students choose from a selection of client-based projects, where the focus is on team work that culminates in a functional prototype.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7783, Optics Education and Outreach, 77830O (31 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.860665
Show Author Affiliations
Robert M. Bunch, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)
Richard S. Lepkowicz, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)
Sergio C. Granieri, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7783:
Optics Education and Outreach
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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