June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
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A STUDENT PROJECT EMERGING FROM A TRIPARTITE FACULTY COLLABORATION Introduction
Simultaneous engineering is principally geared toward accelerated product development through interdisciplinary teamwork. Organizations such as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) have either directly or indirectly emphasized that undergraduates in the discipline should be well prepared in all aspects of teamwork and possess a certain degree of breadth and depth of exposure to various bodies of engineering that are exemplified in present day machines and consumer products1,2.
Interdisciplinary projects have been used in engineering or engineering technology to augment instruction in capstone-type courses. Researchers in education generally agree that an integrated interdisciplinary curriculum results in greater enhanced problem-solving skills and higher achievement; and that motivation to learn increases when students focus on problems that are interesting to solve3. Other researchers such as Jeffries4 and Kitto5 have also emphasized how simultaneous engineering has become an agent for sweeping reforms in manufacturing education. Internationally, the integrated product and process development paradigm of simultaneous engineering has positively impacted manufacturing education in countries such as Australia, Brazil, China, and Japan in recent years6-9. Evidently, simultaneous engineering continues to be the norm in modern manufacturing education and hence a meaningful manufacturing engineering technology program should be aligned with needs of the industry. Indeed, this was the primary motivating force urging the authors to collaborate and conceive an interdisciplinary project.
Simultaneous engineering has been used interchangeably with other terms such as integrated product and process design (IPPD), collaborative engineering, and concurrent engineering. The phrase simultaneous engineering was adopted to describe the core of this project because it is arguably a more popular descriptive approach to better contrast the paradigm of the sequential engineering model that business and industry desired to replace during the past two decades. In addition, newer terms such as IPPD and collaborative engineering represented much smaller shifts in engineering and business practice when contrasted to simultaneous engineering versus sequential engineering.
The objectives of the student project developed by the authors were to provide students majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and Industrial Technology programs with an opportunity to simulate a competitive industry style product development scenario and educate them on the critical dimensions of a true simultaneous engineering experience. The critical dimensions were identified as collaboration (teamwork), multidisciplinary learning, project planning, time management, and advanced technology. Student teams drawn from three different courses (one from each program) were asked to develop a means to monitor people entering a public gathering space. The paper will discuss the implementation of this project, addressing all the above factors and lessons learned.
Otieno, A., & Azad, A., & Balamuralikrishna, R. (2006, June), A Student Project Emerging From A Tripartite Faculty Collaboration Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--827
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