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A Laboratory And Project Based Course In Lean Six Sigma Nanomanufacturing

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



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Critical issues in IT and IET: Focus Group

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Engineering Technology

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14.36.1 - 14.36.12



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Vladimir Genis Drexel University

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Dr. Vladimir Genis is an Associate Professor and Applied Engineering Technology Program Director in Goodwin College, Drexel University received Ph. D. in Physics and Mathematics. Dr. Genis taught and developed graduate and undergraduate courses in physics, electronics, biomedical engineering, and acoustics. His research interests include ultrasound wave propagation and scattering, ultrasound imaging, electronic instrumentation, piezoelectric transducers, and engineering education. Results of his research work were published in scientific journals and presented at the national and international conferences.

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Michael Mauk Drexel University

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Dr. Michael G. Mauk is an Assistant Professor in the Applied Engineering Technology Program at Drexel University. Dr. Mauk has Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware. From 1989 to 2003, he was a Senior Research Engineer at AstroPower, Inc. (Newark, Delaware), serving as Principal Investigator for numerous research programs sponsored by NSF, DOD, NASA, DOE, and NIST. From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Mauk was a Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania working on lab-on-a-chip clinical diagnostics devices. Dr. Mauk has over 100 technical publications and 8 patents.

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Laboratory- and Project-Based Course in Lean Six Sigma Nanomanufacturing


This paper describes the implementation of the Introduction to Nanotechnology course developed for undergraduate Applied Engineering Technology (AET) students at the Goodwin College of Drexel University and its expansion into a hands-on laboratory- and project-based course organized on Lean Six Sigma principles. The development of this course represents an innovative new approach for integrating Lean Six Sigma methods and principles and hands-on laboratory- and project-based learning in nanotechnology. This unique combination of learning, training, and assessment will contribute to the knowledge base of undergraduate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, research, and practice. AET students will be exposed to exciting discoveries and applications in the emerging field of nanotechnology by working with leading faculty members through classroom instruction, guest lectures, laboratory procedures, and field trips. The developed material will become available to community colleges collaborating with Drexel University as well as middle and high schools through activities organized by the AET faculty.


The development of a hands-on, project-based nanotechnology manufacturing laboratory course based on Six Sigma quality methods and Lean manufacturing principles is described in this paper. The course will consist of two parts. The first part will emphasize the foundations of nanotechnology. In the second part, nanotechnology applications and techniques will be studied through experiments that closely simulate industry-relevant processes or scenarios in a pilot- scale manufacturing processes laboratory. The laboratory work will be supported and supplemented with lectures and seminars on Lean Six Sigma. Experiments and projects will focus on two key areas: nanobiotechnology, such as nanoparticles for diagnostic imaging and therapeutics, and nanostructured energy conversion devices such as solar cells.

The objectives of the project are to: 1. Attract students with an interest in nanotechnology to applied engineering technology and engineering programs by developing a laboratory- and project-based course, which simulates commercial nanotechnology processes in biomedical and energy applications using an in-depth case study approach. 2. Prepare students for employment in the emerging nanotechnology field in areas such as process development; scale up and control; product specification development; and raw material and capital costing including ethical, environmental, and sustainability concerns. Special attention will be placed on a breadth of manufacturing activities with emphasis toward developing an engineering and engineering technology employee with a valuable range of skills and expertise to the employer. 3. Train the students in the methodology of Applied Lean Six Sigma to provide an overarching theory to the students’ approach to problems and solutions in the workplace.

Genis, V., & Mauk, M. (2009, June), A Laboratory And Project Based Course In Lean Six Sigma Nanomanufacturing Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4534

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