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A Materials Science Laboratory Serves A Program

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.22.1 - 2.22.5



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Don McMurchie

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Session 1547

A Materials Science Laboratory Serves a Program

Don McMurchie, Ph.D Oregon Institute of Technology


Most of the time a laboratory is used to serve one course, which may or may not be offered every term during the academic year. This paper suggests a way to utilize one lab, in this case a materials science lab, to serve other lab courses across the curriculum. Minimum lab elements, along with their development, are described. Courses that may benefit from this lab are listed, as are the requirements for implementation.


The mission statement for the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program at Oregon institute of Technology (OIT) states that "this program is to offer an education that will provide the greatest opportunity for rewarding and successful careers" in this field. Students become well versed in the theory of manufacturing science through classroom activity. Extensive laboratory experience is provided so that the student becomes equally well versed in the applications of manufacturing science theory.

In a manufacturing engineering technology program, labs are used extensively, which serve to provide an applied emphasis to the students educational activity. At Oregon Institute of Technology, all major areas of study in this program are supported by an accompanying lab. This applications- oriented approach is the backbone of engineering technology education. For this reason the quality of the lab experience offered to the student is key to success, not only in completing the program, but even more importantly in his/her future work.

McMurchie, D. (1997, June), A Materials Science Laboratory Serves A Program Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6680

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