Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

Committee Member

Joshua D. Summers, Committee Chair

Committee Member

John R. Wagner

Committee Member

Marisa K. Orr

Committee Member

Distinguished Guest: Marissa Shuffler


This research explores the role of personality in engineering design teams in two different populations using the Five Factor Model of Personality. Both the self and peer evaluations of personality were collected in equal increments during one semester. After four iterations, the expectation was that the self-evaluations would be stable over time, peer evaluations would show more agreement with each subsequent iteration and that peers would be better able to identify their teammates personality traits. Results show that the self-evaluations were stable and that the peer evaluations do change over time, with an increase in agreement for the Neuroticism factor in one population. Similarly, peers were shown to be better able to evaluate their teammates personality for the factors of Conscientiousness, Openness, and Extraversion over time. A comparison of two populations working on an engineering design project are presented. Extended results, limitations, and future work are also discussed.