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Addressing Manufacturing Challenges In A Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Trends in Mechanical Engineering

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7.150.1 - 7.150.8



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Zhengtao T. Deng

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Xiaoqing (Cathy) Qian

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Abdul Jalloh

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Amir Mobasher

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Ruben Rojas-Oviedo

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Addressing Manufacturing Challenges in a Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

A. R. Jalloh, A. A. Mobasher, Z. T. Deng, R. Rojas-Oviedo, X. C. Qian Mechanical Engineering Department Alabama A&M University Huntsville, Al 35762 Phone: (256) 851 5891 email:;;;,


Emerging technologies in engineering challenge the new generation of engineers to work in more specialized environments. Universities in turn are faced with the challenge of training students with the skills that will help them to adapt into a dynamic industrial environment within a brief period of time. This challenge must be met within a 4-year curriculum with a fixed number of credit hours that students must take to complete the program. Of these a good number is reserved for non-engineering courses. Therefore, the hours available for engineering courses are rather limited and must be used efficiently to ensure that students acquire the skills needed for a rapidly changing work environment. To better address industry/government professional requirements, a curriculum must be such that it can adapt to and benefit from newer instrumentation, techniques, software and hardware to stay relevant to industry’s needs.

In this paper, we will address how the Mechanical Engineering Department at Alabama A&M University has utilized input from its constituencies and professional organizations to begin the process of continuous improvement of the manufacturing systems track of the Mechanical Engineering Program.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright © 2002 American Society for Engineering Education

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Deng, Z. T., & Qian, X. C., & Jalloh, A., & Mobasher, A., & Rojas-Oviedo, R. (2002, June), Addressing Manufacturing Challenges In A Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10365

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