Practical training that readies the university graduate to deal with real life problems from the beginning of their engineering career is considered by many leading companies to be a critically important factor for future technological progress. An aggressive design project was undertaken by a unique collaboration between the Pennsylvania State University and Solar Turbines, Inc., an industrial gas turbine company. What made this project unusual was the requirement that the design effort had to be completed by students within the tight scheduling of this industry. It is becoming clear, as our students complete their formal education and leave, that the specific educational environment provided within this project to undergraduate and graduate level engineering students was effective, practical, and beneficial in terms of both educational value and practical outcome. Insights into undertaking such a project are described here.

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