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Dr. Robert L. Woods

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

UT Arlington Faculty

Dr. Woods received a BSME from SMU and a MS and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. He had three years experience in research in Washington, D.C. before joining the faculty at UTA. Dr. Woods has extensive consulting and industrial experience with national and international companies. Dr. Woods conducts the senior Capstone Design Projects class.

Service Learning Class

MAE 4287 & 4188 Senior Capstone Design: This course sequence is intended to be the last two semesters of the student’s coursework. Teams of 3 to 6 select a project suggested by faculty or outside industries or agencies. The intent is to conceive, analyze, and design a product or system the first semester and to build or verify it the second semester. The teams operate as an engineering company and write a proposal, make several oral presentations to the client during the semester, write a final report, and give a formal oral presentation to the public at the end of the semester. In addition to the project activity, the weekly class meetings present subjects ranging from professionalism, ethics, organization and management, design procedures, patent law, product liability, finance, and other subjects of interest to their upcoming professional life.

Academic Outcomes

  • Learn to work in a team including management, scheduling, and design compromises.
  • Be exposed to all levels of professional activity in future jobs.
  • Experience working in a group and relying upon others for completing tasks.
  • Experience formal technical writing and oral presentation techniques.
  • Apply classroom knowledge to an actual design.
  • Learn the relevance of a design to the intended use in the company or agency.

Service Learning Project

All projects have an element of designing something to improve our standard of living or for society in general, there have been several projects that reflect service learning more directly. Projects provide a future benefit to our community and a sense of community for our students.

  • Mansfield ISD – design and fabrication of a large automated swing for severely handicapped high school students.
  • Southwest Medical School – design of a neck brace for ER or long-term spine stabilization.
  • Scottish Rite Hospital – Design of an electronic remotely controlled bone extender to extend the length of deformed legs or arms in young people.
  • Scottish Rite Hospital – Design of a bar to correct club feet in infants.
  • Pro-Ears – Design and testing of electronic-assisted hearing protection devices.