1. Ideation – This section: 6 LS
- In assignment 1, I developed a Gantt Chart to provide a structure by assigning different deadlines that has prepared me as a researcher to structure the project that I am going to work on.
POED 1d: By developing a Gantt chart that consists of various deadlines for the project, I learnt the importance of setting a structure for every project that I work on which will be valuable to me as a researcher because I can assess if I am making progress, which will therefore increase my efficiency and better time management when working on long projects.
- At the very start of the semester, I converted the word problem description into problem statement and this skill is important because parameters are generally ambiguous when given to engineers.
POED 1b: Through converting a descriptive word problem into a discreet quantifiable solvable problem, I realized the importance of making assumptions to limit the number of parameters that I have in control and this will be valuable to me as a researcherbecause I will be able to apply research methodologies to solve more ubiquitous problems, which I did not have the skills for before.
- I identified different customer requirement through carrying out house quality and this has helped me think of designing products that are user-centered.
POED 1c: By working on developing the House of Quality chart, I realized the importance of making a product that is user-centered and this will be valuable to me as a junior engineer to exhaust multiple ideas and determine their feasibility in a systematic manner to produce outstanding products that are consumers will enjoy using.
- I identified which customer requirement is more important that the other by using House of Quality as a tool to ration between different requirement lists
POED 1c: Through creating a House of Quality chart, I learnt about understanding and analysing different customer requirements and this has given me great value because I will be able to better ration amongst different requirements and satisfy multiple users at the same time.
- When ideating different designs for the robot, I invented verb-noun tuples in the context of requirement lists to generate morphological chart that has enabled me to find a balance between coming up with ideas that are too far-fetched yet realistic enough to be carried out
POED 2a : By creating different verb-noun tuples for different morphological charts, I learnt to create design that is aspirational yet realistic and this will be of great value to me because as a researcher I will be able to think creatively and brainstorm ideas that are technically and functionally feasible.
- I used the morphological chart as a tool to come up with designs that are realistic yet aspirational. Since two random parts do not go together, I used logic and prior experience to come up with various designs. This has prepared me as a researcher to logically assess the different designs.
POED 2a: By generating concepts through morphological charts, I learnt to make logical connections between different parts to create concepts that are likely to be successful and this will very valuable to me as a researcher to be able think logically and consider pitfalls in concepts before proposing them.
2. conceptual design – This section: 5 LS
- It is important to critically evaluate each of concepts generated one by one. This exercise help with coming up with the best overall design and teaches the decision maker find feasible solutions.
POED 2a: Through evaluating each of the different concepts generated, I realized the importance of comparing and analysing different concepts and this exercise will prove very valuable to me to look at each concept constructively and scrutinize even the good ideas to derive the best of them.
- When analysing the functional feasibility, technical feasibility and buildability (FT&B) of each concept, it had to be in the context of requirement list to critically evaluate each design.
POED 2b : From assessing different designs in the context of FT&B, I learnt how to quantifiably distinguish different designs generated and this will be incredibly valuable to me because it has increased my analytical ability as a graduate student, which will help me publish my work easily.
- Throughout the whole project WindBag, I had to make sure to stop at various point to reality check and take a moment to look back on the requirement list to remain focused.
POED 2c: By continuously having to reality check throughout the design process, I understood the importance of stopping and observing what is feasible and what is not, and this is of great value to me as it has taught me to stop and reflect while considering long-term ramifications of each and every small step – a skill engineers require on a day to day basis.
- I had to choose two best designs out of six different feasible designs. This taught me to carefully analyse each of the design and through the use of plus, minus and interesting.
POED 2c: By evaluating various concepts through plus, minus and interesting, I understood the importance of finding something interesting in even the seemingly worthless concept and this will be valuable to me in graduate school to remain optimistic of every idea even if it seems trivial at first.
- I used Photoshop to make various designs that were not just detailed but also visually appealing.*
New POED 2d: Displaying visually appealing figures, tables or documents to better communicate the message *
POED 2d: By creating visually appealing drawing of various concepts in Assignment 3, I realized the importance of aesthetic representation of work carried out and this will be of great value to me as a researcher to able to cogently communicate my ideas when I present my research.
3. deploying analytical skills – This section: 6 LS
- I developed a structure of our robot on Solidworks (Appendix 10) and used it to build the prototype.
POED 3a: Through immersing in creating Computer Aided Design, I learnt the crucial skills needed to use Solidworks models that can not only be easily printed but also utilize in building the robot and this will be of great value to me as an engineer to think in 3 dimensions and bring more ideas into reality.
- Finite element analysis is important in learning about how the materials will perform under various stress conditions. In my team, no body except me knew how to conduct finite element analysis.*
New POED 3d: Systematically evaluating different materials used to manufacture various parts*
POED 3d: By creating a guideline of finite element analysis and teaching my team members, I expanded my understanding of different materials when placed under different loading conditions and this will be of value to me because it has increased my awareness of different materials such as wood, metal and plastic, and when to use them appropriately which will enable me to develop robust products that are likely to last longer. *
- Laser-cutting is an important technique to cut out pieces of different materials in whatever shape as desired. I used it to design a holder of the turbine.*
New POED 3e: Critically evaluate which manufacturing process is used to manufacture each part. *
POED 3e: By being able to laser-cut different parts, I have learnt to create various prototypes that could be used for setting up experiments for my research and this has added value to my creativity in being able to imagine further experimental opportunities that I did not consider before.*
- As a critical thinker, I was able to observe various limitations in the laser-cutting machine and this has made me realize future potential design improvements to the laser cutting machine in terms of 3D cutting the objects to various complex shapes.*
POED 3e: From immersing in laser-cutting a part for our robot, I learnt to be critical of the tools that I use analyse them to find ways for improvements, and this will be valuable to me as an engineer to improve on the existing technology and develop more innovative tools.
- I developed 14 different criteria inspired from the House of Quality customer requirements to evaluate the Go-No Go Matrix.*
New POED 3f: Taking a moment to reflect and connect early stages of design with later
POED 3e: By creating multiple criteria for Go/No-Go Matrix in Assignment 3 inspired from the customer requirements of House of Quality in Assignment 1, I understood the importance of connecting the early stages of design to later stage and this is of value to me in order to truly immerse in coherent stages of engineering design where different stages are interconnected and this ensures that the best quality product is produced.*
- The robot that we developed looked almost exactly like we had designed it. This ensured that the design that we had proposed was in harmony with reality.
POED 3c: By constructing the robot exactly like I had proposed, I learnt that in order to build something one must constantly refer back to the requirement list and this has added value to me to grow as a researcher as I can now stay more focused which leads to design that truly solves the intended purpose.
4. post-mortem analysis – This section: 2 LS
- After the first day of competition, I had to reflect on what was done well and what could be improved. I realized that in order to move past a barrier, one must accept the failure.
POED 4b : Through reflecting on the first day of the competition, I realized the importance of accepting failure and moving beyond it to critically evaluate why the failure happened and this has helped me grow into an engineer who does not become upset with downfalls but looks at it as an opportunity to learn and improve from.
- After the first day of the competition, I had to be able to take apart the robot and change some parts.
POED 4c: By building a robot that has parts that can be easily changed I discovered the importance of standardized parts in the user-centered design to provide greater freedom to the users and this will be of incredible value to me as an engineer to consider the ease of use of the product when designing a product.
5. teamwork – This section: 4 LS
- As this was a group project, I was truly able to connect with the various student members in my team.
POED 1a: By working in a team with people from diverse backgrounds, I have learnt to respect each and every idea that is brought into the table, and this will be of value because as an engineer, I will be working in diverse teams and being inclusive would lead me to gain respect and trust from my team.
- By working on this team project, I have also become an effective communicator. I made sure that every idea in the team was heard, even unfeasible ones, and evaluated before rejection.
POED 1a: Through working in a team, I gained significant experience in being able to communicate effectively in being able to criticize with respect and this will be invaluable to me because engineers work in teams and effective communication will help me building better team dynamic.
- Another aspect of team bonding is to create a relationship outside the work environment. This is an extremely important aspect for a success of a team.
POED 1a: I did not consider the importance of building relationship with the team members outside the work environment, however, I learnt that by doing so, it increases overall bonding of the team and increases work efficiency which has empowered me with the community skill to increase my team’s work efficiency and be able to build trust with them.
- Before every meeting, I ensured that an agenda was set for the meeting and it had three section – To done, Completed, Next meeting.
POED 5a: I did not consider meeting agendas to be important and thought that impromptu meetings can also be productive, however, I realized that clear and succinct agenda helps provide a structure to the meeting and maintains professionalism and this will be valuable to me as graduate student as now I can make sure that the results of a meeting are readily available and the meeting proceeds fruitfully.
6. Mentoring – This section: 1 Ls
- When the robot was programmed for the first day, it was bumping into the wall repetitively. That is when I stepped in to look at the programming of the robot taught it to the other member of the team.
New POED 5d: Immersing in POEDs to transfer the skills to other individuals to facilitate their growth*
POED 5d: While working on the programming of the robot, I realized that it is much easier to learn something if the results of the activity are immediately visible, such as in programming, and this will be of great value to me as a graduate student when leading classes to teach by demonstrating the results right away which will enable the students to better grasp the concepts taught.*
7. general/big picture – This section: 3 LS
- Following a design process enables longevity of the product developed and decreases development time
POED 5a: From going through an intense design process this semester, I have realized the importance of immersing in a POEDS as that ensures the longevity of the concept developed which is valuable to me as an engineer to design process also help reduce development time and improve quality of the product.
- By being involved in a design process, it ensured that I remained focus on the problem
POED 5a: I did not consider it important to follow a design process but rather just work on building the robot from scratch, however, I realized that by following this procedure, I can maintain a much better focus and remain on track and this will be valuable to me to me to improve my efficiency as an engineer when designing a product while remaining focused.
- From taking notes on the slides during lectures, I learnt the importance of assigning different concepts learnt in class with various figures.
POED 5a: By taking notes in the class on the lecture side, I realized that my brain understands concepts much better with visual aid, and this is a valuable experience for me because now I can make sure that when I learn a concept, I draw it out for my long-term memory and as a graduate student teaching in a course, I can facilitate a similar learning opportunity for students.
8. writing learning statements – This section: 3 LS
- From the start of the semester, I have tried to write excellent learning statements.
POED 5b: Through writing numerous learning statements, I have gained that they can be used to personally assess one’s learning and this will be immense value to me as a graduate student as I will be able to track my progress and grow from immersing in the authentic experience of different POEDs.
- Many other courses can also be laid out similar to AME4163, in terms of POEDS for each chapter taught.
POED 5b: From writing learning statements, I have realized their utility to assess my learning through them and this will be valuable as a graduate student when taking a tough class because I can create different POEDs for different chapters to asses if I have internalized respective POEDS.
- Semester Learning Essay as a condensed version of knowledge left behind.
POED 5b: By integrating knowledge from the learning statements in the form of semester learning essay for the final stage of the Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle, I have gained an insight of recording important knowledge that will be valuable to me in future when I will be able to reflect and immerse in the POEDs as many times as needed and continue to learn from the experiences gained in the past.
9. Appendix a
All the different Learning Statements created in this Semester Learning Essay have been compiled in the context of the skills required. A professor needs to marry three different fields – research, teaching and service. The value created from each learning statement has been tied to the different roles of the professor. This has been displayed in a pie chart below.
10. appendix b
In learning statement 3.1, I am saying how close the concept developed on Solidworks was to the real robot that we built. Pictures of both are included below to show the similarity.