Dr. Michael Wrinch, CEO of Hedgehog Technologies, engaged the student body at UBC as they entered into their capstone project. The workshop presented a case study that outlined a real-world industrial project that required a full relocation of manufacturing equipment across the border.
Understanding how to manage client expectations are critical to the success of a project, even in the face of uncertainty. Michael outlined how to manage projects throughout the various phases from planning to post-project. Critical thinking on every aspect of the project phases requires an engineer to ask questions such as:
- What is the approach?
- What is the impact of the new information collected?
- Is there an ethical issue present?
Instilling professional engagement and ethical decision-making within students is important for a capstone project to be successful. Also, teaching the importance of implementing proper controls to mitigate risks while providing open and clear communication throughout the entire process.
What is the Capstone Project?
In their final year, UBC engineering students are required to complete a long-term project (1-year length) in order to demonstrate the culmination of their skills and knowledge acquired throughout the program.
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