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A Cross-course Design and Manufacturing Project

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Product Development and Manufacturing

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Engineering Technology

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23.38.1 - 23.38.12



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Michael Johnson Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Michael D. Johnson is an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M, he was a senior product development engineer at the 3M Corporate Research Laboratory in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and his S.M. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on design tools; specifically, the cost modeling and analysis of product development and manufacturing systems; computer-aided design methodology; and engineering education. His work has been published in the International Journal of Production Economics, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and The Journal of Engineering Design.

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Wm Adam Farmer Texas A&M University

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A Cross-course Design and Manufacturing ProjectIn today’s global and competitive environment, development of new products is a key aspect forfirm success. New product development is a multidisciplinary process of systematicallyconverting a concept for satisfying customer needs into a product or service that is ready for themarket. Employers will be looking for graduates to have the skills necessary to join their productcommercialization teams and contribute immediately. Students are also interested in learningrelevant skills and participating in “hands-on” activities. This paper reports preliminary resultsfrom a project that has been developed to allow students to use the same “product” in threecourses of a combined Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology program.Background information on the involved courses and detailed aspects of the individual courseprojects is presented. Example projects and implementation experiences of the projects into therelevant courses are also summarized. The goal of the proposed projects is to highlight forstudents the relevance of each course and the applicability to future industrial applications. Inaddition, the project aims to convey the interrelated nature of courses in the curriculum. As such,pre and post intervention survey data related to student perceptions of overall course relevanceand course interconnectedness are presented. Suggestions for implementation in other programsand possible future work are also presented.

Johnson, M., & Farmer, W. A. (2013, June), A Cross-course Design and Manufacturing Project Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19052

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