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A Case Study in Effective Education-to-Workforce Pipelining: An Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Academy

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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Diversity in Community Engagement Implementation I

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Community Engagement Division

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Ranjeet Agarwala East Carolina University

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Dr. Ranjeet Agarwala serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology Systems at East Carolina University. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the North Carolina State University. Since 2001 he has taught courses in Engineering Design, Digital Manufacturing, and 3D printing, GD&T, Electro-Mechanical Systems, Statics and Dynamics. His research interests are in the areas on Advance and Digital Manufacturing and its integration with the renewable energy sector.

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William Juhling McClung Pitt County Robotics

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William (Bill) J. McClung, PE is a Senior Maintenance Engineer at PotashCorp in Aurora, North Carolina. In this role, he is exposed to a wide variety of engineering and maintenance challenges involved in operating a vertically integrated modern phosphate plant. He has a diverse background including manufacturing, product design and development. Bill began his career designing and supervising construction of custom fire trucks for Sutphen Towers, Inc. He later supervised product design, development and current product support of a variety of forklifts manufactured for Clark, Hyster and Yale brands. Bill is very active with youth in the community and volunteers for Mathcounts, Engineers Week, Science Olympiad and FIRST Robotics. Bill is a founding member of Pitt County Robotics. This organization uses FIRST Robotics to encourage students to pursue stem careers. Pitt County Robotics supports two FRC teams and over 10 FLL teams each year and engages hundreds of students each year with hands-on robotics and stem activities. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina.

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Tijjani Mohammed East Carolina University


David M. White East Carolina University

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Dean and Professor
College of Engineering and Technology

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Merwan B Mehta East Carolina University

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Dr. Merwan Mehta is a Professor at East Carolina University in the Technology Systems Department at Greenville, NC. Prior to joining academics, he has over twenty years of experience working as a machine tool design engineer, manufacturing engineer, manufacturing manager, vice-president, partner, and consultant. His present research interests are improving manufacturing productivity through Lean manufacturing principles and theory of constraints, and the pursuit of quality and variation control through six-sigma. He has conducted post-conference sessions in value stream mapping for the IIE’s Lean Solutions Conference since 2001, and has created and conducted several lean six-sigma process simulations. He is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) & the Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME), and is a member of the Association for Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), the American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE), and the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE), and a Certified Six-Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB).

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Jimmy Bill Linn East Carolina University

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Jimmy B. Linn, Ph.D.
Teaching Professor
Technology Systems
College of Technology & Computer Science

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Academic Background
Ph.D. Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, USA, Technology Management (Manufacturing minor), 2014
M.S.E.E. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, Electrical Engineering, 2002
BSEE Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, USA, Electrical Engineering, 1973
Other Bachelors Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, USA, Mathematics, 1973
Certified trainer for Mitsubishi RV-A and RV-SD series robots, 2010, Dayton Ohio
Licensed Master Electrical Contractor in Indiana, ELE-0286M, 2003
Member of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 2006 - current
Member of Association for Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), 2005 - current
Member of Purdue Alumni Association, 2002 - current
Member of Ivy Tech Foundation, 1997 - current
Member of Rose-Hulman Alumni Association, 1996 - current


Electrical Engineer – 1973 – 1996


Instructor – 1997 – 2005


Teaching Professor – 2005 – present


steam locomotives

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Tamer Omar East Carolina University

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Tamer Omar is an Assistant professor with the department of Technology systems at East Carolina University. Dr. Omar earned his Ph.D. from the Electrical Engineering department at Iowa State University, USA and his MBA with emphasis on MIS from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Egypt and his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Ain Shams University, Egypt. Dr. Omar research interests include wireless networks architecture, resources allocation in wireless networks, heterogeneous networks, self-organized networks, big data implementation and analysis, RDBMS and decision support systems. Dr. Omar has 6 years of experience in academia and more than 10 years of industrial experience in different ICT positions.

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An advanced manufacturing and innovation academy (AMIA) had been implemented to engage talented young people and connect them with regional advanced manufacturing careers and related entrepreneurial activities. College professors and administrators used collaborative educational approaches to integrate advanced manufacturing pedagogy with robotics, digital manufacturing, and 3D printing. A tour to a local advanced manufacturing facility was conducted to broaden participants’ understanding of advanced manufacturing through direct examples of the themes of the academy. This paper covers the first year of AMIA (a work in progress) and details the background and motivation of the academy. Goals, educational components, partners and process implemented in year one of the AMIA are discussed. Interim assessment results, success, and lessons learned based on feedback of the participants is covered. Conclusions and next steps for AMIA year 2016 are discussed.

Agarwala, R., & McClung, W. J., & Mohammed, T., & White, D. M., & Mehta, M. B., & Linn, J. B., & Omar, T. (2016, June), A Case Study in Effective Education-to-Workforce Pipelining: An Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Academy Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26268

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