Projects having a base in industry have been implemented at the University of Dayton School of Engineering for over 20 years. In the early part of this time period, faculty, having connections in industry, would seek projects of a general nature and then implement them in capstone design courses. Frequently, multiple teams would work on the same design problem and then share the results at the end of the term. In most cases the sponsor from where the project came received a report and drawings but few concepts or designs were implemented. From 1994 to 1996 the School of Engineering, with a grant from the Copeland Corporation, studied ways in which the design and manufacturing curriculum could be enhanced through revisions in the curriculum and closer collaboration with industry representatives. The result was the formation of the Design and Manufacturing Clinic. There were many functions for the clinic including recruiting and retaining sponsors, disseminating projects to capstone design classes and assessing the success of the projects. Since that time, nearly 350 different projects have been implemented from over 70 sponsors and companies. The president of the Copeland Corporation, also chair of our industrial advisory committee, has stated at several meetings that this clinic and curriculum have gone far beyond his original dream. This paper outlines the process used in recruiting projects from industry, the role of the industry mentors before, during and after the project is implemented and completed and the industry assessment that is made of projects and teams at the conclusion of a project. A description of the phases of the Product Realization Process used in several courses is also described.

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