A global collaborative effort to enhance design in a mechanical engineering curriculum in Saudi Arabia

Nesar Merah*, Maria C. Yang, David R. Wallace, Warren P. Seering, Victor Tang, Abul Fazal Arif, Abdel Salam Eleiche, Abdel Rahman Shuaib, Numan Abu-Dheir, Haitham M.S. Bahaidarah

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2010
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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