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An Educators View of Trends in Manufacturing Education: Learning from the Past to Plan for the Future

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Progress in Manufacturing Education I

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25.155.1 - 25.155.11



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Hugh Jack P. Eng.... Grand Valley State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Hugh Jack is a Professor of Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids Michigan. His specialties include automation, design projects, and internet application development.

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Val Hawks Brigham Young University

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Val Hawks is the Director of the School of Technology at Brigham Young University and faculty member in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program at BYU. He has a B.S. degree from Brigham Young University, a M.S. from Lehigh University, and a Ph.D. from Gonzaga University. He has written a book on engineering and technology, numerous papers and articles, and a book chapter on ethics in information assurance and security. Topics of writing and research include ethics and leadership in technical environments and in quality systems. His professional employment took him to Xerox Corporation in Rochester, N.Y., as a young engineer in the early 80s, then to Ben Franklin Technology Center in Bethlehem, Penn., as a Technical Projects Manager, before joining the faculty in the College of Engineering and Technology at BYU in 1985.

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An Educators View of Trends in Manufacturing Education: Learning from the past to plan for the futureManufacturing is fundamental to a successful and vibrant economy. Recently the United Statesgovernment has re-emphasized the important role of the manufacturing sector in creating jobs torevitalize the economy and maintain national economic strength. In the discipline ofmanufacturing, rapidly changing technologies and the dynamic nature of manufacturing practice.This has resulted in significant change in the standard manufacturing body of knowledge and, asa result, changes in manufacturing education. Manufacturing professionals and educators alikewelcome this focus on manufacturing and are responding. Groups such as the American Societyfor Engineering Education (ASEE) Manufacturing Division and the Society of ManufacturingEngineers (SME) have always been active in describing the discipline of manufacturing and arecontinuing to take action. Recent major planning efforts include The Four Pillars ofManufacturing Engineering[1] and the development of Curricula 2015[2].While individual manufacturing educators and manufacturing-focused groups are aware of thechanges in the discipline and practice, there is currently no comprehensive analytical historicalanalysis of the trends in manufacturing education. One method of analyzing these trends is toexamine publications and presentations. Over a number of years the frequency of publication canindicate when topics are emerging, maturing, or waning.This paper will analyze past papers and presentations in venues such as ASEE, SME and otherprofessional and academic conferences. This will provide a context to understand historicalevents and forces that contribute to the current manufacturing education efforts, identify thetopics and trends over the last 2 decades, and determine if these data are helpful in determiningfuture needs and efforts. The approach is three fold; 1) Gather a database of papers,presentations and other products that address manufacturing education over the 2 decades; 2)Conduct a comprehensive assessment of the collected material in order to identify the majorthemes in manufacturing curriculum and methods in manufacturing education; 3) Determinewhat lessons are evident in the development of manufacturing education and how such lessonscan inform current practices and help identify and define future opportunities.References:1. Robert Mott, Hugh Jack, Venkitaswamy Raju, Mark Stratton, "THE FOUR PILLARS OF MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING", SME Annual Meeting, Bellevue, WA, June 2011.2. Hugh Jack, Robert Mott, Venkitaswamy Raju, Gary Conkol, Mark Stratton, Phil Waldrop, Karen Wosczyna-Birch, & Seth Bates, “Curricula 2015; A Four Year Strategic Plan for Manufacturing Education”, SME, 2011, retrieved from

Jack, H., & Hawks, V. (2012, June), An Educators View of Trends in Manufacturing Education: Learning from the Past to Plan for the Future Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20915

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