Strategies for Successful Interdisciplinary Projects: A California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Perspective

Christopher L. Caenepeel and Cheryl Wyrick
Engineering Interdisciplinary Clinic, California State Polytechnic University
Pomona 3801 W. Temple, Bldg. 9-145, Pomona, CA 91768, USA

An innovative interdisciplinary capstone activity is described that integrates theoretical and experiential education in preparing undergraduate students for engineering, science, and business careers. The model uses real projects funded by corporations. The success of the program is in part attributable to the effective use of team building training as well as peer-based and team-based performance reviews. Team building introduces participants to a strategy to increase group cohesiveness and productivity. This training involves the completion, interpretation and discussion of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The effective use of peer-and team-based performance reviews reinforces the techniques presented during team building. The criteria for client, project and team selection are summarized. A MBTI analysis of a set of teams, and the rationale for peer and team-based performance reviews are included.

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