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A Systematic Review of Additive Manufacturing Education: Toward Engineering Education Research in AM

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

October 19, 2019

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Aligning Graduate Programs with Industrial Needs

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Graduate Studies

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Priyesh Uday Mehta Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Priyesh Mehta is a research assistant at the Engineering Cognitive Research Lab at Pennsylvania State University.
An incoming student in the MS Additive manufacturing & design course, his present research interests focus
on additive manufacturing education and design and deploying eye-tracking methods to improve the cognitive design process for additive manufacturing.

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Catherine G.P. Berdanier Pennsylvania State University, University Park Orcid 16x16

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Catherine G.P. Berdanier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from The University of South Dakota, her M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. Her research interests include graduate-level engineering education, including inter- and multidisciplinary graduate education, online engineering cognition and learning, and engineering communication.

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Additive Manufacturing (AM) has garnered a lot of interest from corporates, government agencies, and institutions around the globe. Manufacturers are relying on this technology to significantly re-invent product design and manufacturing cycles. The third industrial revolution has already begun, and as such, workforce development and education is essential. Additive Manufacturing technologies, in particular, offer significant technological development but require agile specialists to embrace manufacturing technologies. Master’s degree-level education is therefore essential to developing this specialized workforce. The three most significant gaps industry is facing currently is the need for designers for Additive Manufacturing, materials scientists, and software experts. Since Additive Manufacturing is an inherently interdisciplinary avenue, the AM workforce requires skillsets crossing all engineering backgrounds. Inculcating AM education at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels could be a thought catalyst for engineering majors from diverse backgrounds and enable collaboration within different engineering sciences. The purpose of this paper is to perform a systematic literature review of additive manufacturing education, with a particular focus on graduate education as a venue to educate a specialized expert workforce. The outcome of this review will be directly relevant to universities and government institutions seeking to appreciate the value of additive manufacturing education for engineering graduates. These synthesized recommendations include those for curriculum and program development initiatives, but also seek to implement engineering education research into Additive Manufacturing, as there are several novel areas of fundamental engineering education research embedded with AM as a unique context.

Mehta, P. U., & Berdanier, C. G. (2019, June), A Systematic Review of Additive Manufacturing Education: Toward Engineering Education Research in AM Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32006

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