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A Distance Learning Hybrid Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Certificate Program in Technology

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Design and Graphics Potpourri

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Engineering Design Graphics

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22.39.1 - 22.39.12



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Nathan W. Hartman Purdue University, Computer Graphics Technology

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Nathan Hartman is an Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University. He is also Co-Director of the Purdue University PLM Center of Excellence. His current applied research interests include the use of constraint-based CAD tools in the design process, the process and methodology for model-based definition and the model-based enterprise, geometry automation, and data interoperability and re-use. He currently teaches or has taught courses in 3D modeling, virtual collaboration, 3D data interoperability, and engineering design graphics standards and documentation. Nathan has taught graduate courses in the foundations of graphics in technology and instrumentation and measurement in research design. He has worked for a variety of companies in using and integrating PLM tools in the engineering design process through the development of custom training applications and materials. Nathan holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Graphics and a Master of Science in Technology from Purdue University, and a doctorate in Technology Education from North Carolina State University.

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Mitchell L. Springer Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Mitchell L. Springer, P.M.P., S.P.H.R.

Dr. Springer is an Associate Professor in Technology Leadership & Innovation and currently serves as the Director of the Purdue University College of Technology, Academic Center for Professional Studies in Technology and Applied Research (ProSTAR) located in West Lafayette, Indiana. He possesses over 30 years of theoretical and industry-based practical experience from four disciplines: Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Program Management and Human Resources. He sits on many university and community boards and advisory committees. Dr. Springer is internationally recognized, has authored numerous books and articles, and lectured on software development methodologies, management practices and program management. Dr. Springer received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University, his M.B.A. and Doctorate in Adult and Community Education with a Cognate in Executive Development from Ball State University. He is certified as both a Project Management Professional (P.M.P.) and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (S.P.H.R.).

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A Distance Learning Hybrid Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Certificate Program in Technology Dr. Nathan W. Hartman Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head, Computer Graphics Technology Research Fellow, Academic Center for Professional Studies in Technology And Applied Research (ProSTAR) Co-Director, Purdue PLM Center of Excellence College of Technology Purdue University 311 Knoy Hall, 401 N. Grant Street West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 496-6071 phone Dr. Mitchell L. Springer Associate Professor, Technology Leadership and Innovation Director, Academic Center for Professional Studies in Technology And Applied Research (ProSTAR) College of Technology Office: ENAD 105 400 Centennial Mall Drive West Lafayette, IN 47907-2016 Email: Website: Office: 765-496-2983 Cell: 260-403-6130 Page 1 of 2Abstract –The Department of Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) at Purdue University, in conjunctionwith the Center for Professional Studies in Technology and Applied Research (ProSTAR) and incoordination with The Boeing Company Learning Training and Development (LTD), designed,developed and are incrementally delivering a distance-based hybrid Product LifecycleManagement (PLM) Certificate Program. This paper will address the issues and resolutions ofthe program development process, the highly coordinated and synchronized developmentprocess, and the success and process improvement of the delivery of the Certificate in PLM.This work will be presented in the context of adult learning strategies and an online coursedelivery model. Additionally, this paper will discuss the strategy for the toolset selection, thecourse delivery architecture, the benefits of the application and methodologies inherent in thevirtual application of manufacturing in PLM environments. This Certificate program has beendemonstrated successfully in one complete curriculum cycle and is now incorporating processimprovement for a successive offering. Page 2 of 2

Hartman, N. W., & Springer, M. L. (2011, June), A Distance Learning Hybrid Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Certificate Program in Technology Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17321

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