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A New Look at Involving Undergraduate Students, Real Life Applications, and Active Learning Activities in the Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Course Delivery Process

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Industrial Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Industrial Engineering

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24.78.1 - 24.78.15



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Paul C. Lynch Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Paul C. Lynch received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Lynch is a member of AFS, SME, IIE, and ASEE. Dr. Lynch’s primary research interests are in metal casting, manufacturing, and engineering education. Dr. Lynch has been recognized by Alpha Pi Mu, IIE, and the Pennsylvania State University for his scholarship, teaching, and advising. He received the Outstanding Industrial Engineering Faculty Award in 2011 and 2013 for his work in undergraduate education at Penn State. Dr. Lynch worked as a regional production engineer for Universal Forest Products prior to pursuing his graduate degrees. He is currently a Lecturer and Academic Adviser in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University.

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Joseph Wilck IV East Carolina University

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Joseph Wilck received his PhD from Pennsylvania State University in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and a BS and MS from Virginia Tech in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Dr. Wilck is a registered Professional Engineer, former Vice President of Student Development for the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), current newsletter editor for ASEE's Engineering Economy Division, and an active member of INFORMS, INCOSE, TRB, IEEE, and ASEM. Dr. Wilck’s research has been sponsored by NSF, DOE, ORNL, NCDOT, and industrial partners. Dr. Wilck has held a faculty position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Engineering at East Carolina University.

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Cynthia Bober Penn State University

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Cynthia Bober is a senior at Penn State University pursuing an Integrated M.S./B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Six Sigma Methodology. As a Schreyer Honors Collegr scholar, she is writing her thesis in Engineering Education, specifically from a Learning Styles perspective. In the summer of 2013, Cyndy interned with the Walt Disney Company in the Workforce Management Department. As an intern, she was able to create a Variance Analysis Tool to monitor workload forecasting for the Walt Disney World resort.

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Jennifer Louise Mines The Pennsylvania State University

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Jennifer is a 2013 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering. Her Master's thesis examined undergraduate student satisfaction regarding Industrial Engineering education. Jennifer received her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and certification in Secondary Education at Misericordia University. She is a certified Mathematics teacher for grades 7-12 in the state of Pennsylvania. She currently works in consulting as an analyst at Accenture.

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A New Look at Involving Undergraduate Students, Real Life Applications, and Active Learning Activities in the Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Course Delivery ProcessThis paper discusses a new approach taken in industrial engineering course delivery that bringsreal life case studies and active learning activities into the industrial engineering classroom. Italso discusses the active role that senior undergraduate students with internship and co-opexperience play in helping to deliver the real life, active learning components of the courses.The paper first briefly summarizes the results of work that was completed on modeling studentsatisfaction and motivation that was the purpose for this current effort. The paper then goes onto explain the current and ongoing work being carried out in an engineering economy course andmanufacturing solidification processes course in an attempt to update and upgrade the curriculumwhile also improving student satisfaction in the courses through improving course delivery.Senior undergraduate industrial students have worked with the instructor of the industrialengineering economy course to form a new “Business in Engineering Group” (B.E.G.) withintheir industrial engineering department. The students all have internship or co-op experience andthey are serving as financial advisers to help deliver the engineering economy course to helpbridge the gap between financial accounting and the classic engineering economy course inindustrial engineering. B.E.G. has planned to bring in speakers to discuss the importance ofunderstanding the corporate financial statements, finances, and business planning toundergraduate industrial engineering students. The financial advisers are also working with casestudy teams in the engineering economy course throughout the semester on managing theperformance of investment portfolios that were put together by the students. The financialadvisers are also helping the students to complete a case study that incorporates financialstatement analysis, investment portfolio management, and retirement planning (i.e., traditionalIRA, Roth IRA, and 401 (k)).Senior undergraduate industrial engineering students with metal casting industry internship orco-op work experience that are part of the industrial engineering student chapter of the AmericanFoundry Society (AFS) are helping to deliver a manufacturing solidification processes throughhands on lab instruction, on site plant visits, industry speakers and networking sessions, and afinal course case study.The new approach being taken to deliver the course material in an active manner that includescurrent undergraduate students in the course delivery is discussed. The active learningassignments and delivery of the courses will be discussed in detail. Student feedback receivedfrom the study on satisfaction and motivation and this new approach to course delivery will alsobe presented and discussed.

Lynch, P. C., & Wilck, J., & Bober, C., & Mines, J. L. (2014, June), A New Look at Involving Undergraduate Students, Real Life Applications, and Active Learning Activities in the Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Course Delivery Process Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--19970

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