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A Curriculum Innovation Framework to Integrate Manufacturing-related Materials and Quality Control Standards into Different Level Engineering Education

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Manufacturing Curriculum and Course Innovations

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Hua Li Texas A&M University, Kingsville Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Hua Li, an Associate Professor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, is interested in sustainable manufacturing, renewable energy, sustainability assessment, and engineering education. Dr. Li has served as P.I. and Co-P.I. in different projects funded by NSF, DOEd, DHS, and HP, totaling more than 2.5 million dollars.

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Kai Jin Texas A&M University, Kingsville

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Dr. Kai Jin is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Co-PI of the MERIT project. Her research interests include Sustainable Energy, Green Manufacturing, Quality Control, and Multi Objective Decision Making and Optimization as well as Engineering Education. She has served as PI and Co-PI in several DoEd, DHS, NRC, and industry sponsored projects.

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yue zhang Texas A&M University-Kingsville Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Yue Zhang currently works as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He received this B.S. degree in Polymer Materials and Engineering at Beijing University of Chemical Technology in 2008. He completed his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University in 2013. His Research interests focus on:

Manufacturing Technologies
Sustainable and Renewable Energy
Nanotechnology-Enabled Energy Conversion and Storage
Design and Manufacturing of Multifunctional Polymer/ Nano-composites

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The importance of standards is that they provide product manufacturers clear material, mechanical and dimensional requirements coupled with specific quality assurance and test methods to use to assure they are meeting specific standards. Manufacturing related materials standards provide a consensus regarding desired properties between both manufacturers and customers. Moreover, these standards provide analysis methods to measure the properties and leading to standard manufacturing procedures that ensure the quality. The ISO 9000 family of quality management systems standards is designed to help organizations ensure that they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders while meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to a product or program. However, this consensus and the skills of utilizing standards are not well established among students. A survey carried out in an US engineering school, found that: 1) Standards education is not a priority issue among schools of engineering in the United States; 2) Schools of Engineering in the United States do yet not accept the critical nature of standards in the new 21st century global economy.

In this paper, a curriculum innovation framework will be introduced. The goal of the curriculum innovation framework is to integrate manufacturing related materials and quality control standards into different level engineering education (from freshmen to graduates). There are four major components in the framework, including 1) manufacturing related materials standards course module development, 2) manufacturing related quality control standards course module development, 3) professional/graduate level certificate program development, and 4) industrial experience sharing through webinar. Three different level course modules will be introduced for both manufacturing related materials standards and manufacturing related quality control standards, targeting freshmen (entry level), junior/senior (medium level), and graduate students (advanced level).

For manufacturing related material standards, the entry level module will be designed to introduce background and evolution of ASTM and ISO standards and to introduce various standards to be considered during the manufacturing process. Medium level module will be designed to provide students with hands-on experience on applying standards on materials selection for a specific product. Advanced level module will be designed to polish students’ skills on the development of standards if there is no standard that deals with a specific project. For manufacturing related quality control standards, the entry level will introduce the origin and background of ISO 9000 standards, evolution and importance of ISO 9000 standards, the basic structure of ISO 9000, and the seven quality management principles that the ISO 9000 series are based on. Medium level will cover the major sections of ISO 9001:2015 including context of the organization, leadership, planning, support, operation, performance evaluation, and improvement. It will also cover the steps to registration, and the basic internal and external audit process. Advanced level will cover the detail technique and processes of the internal and external audits.

The detailed design of certificate program and industrial webinars will also be discussed in this paper.

Li, H., & Jin, K., & zhang, Y. (2018, June), A Curriculum Innovation Framework to Integrate Manufacturing-related Materials and Quality Control Standards into Different Level Engineering Education Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29673

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