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An Electronic Forum And Workshop For Design And Manufacturing Education

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.79.1 - 3.79.6

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Dongmei Gui

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Jens Jorgensen

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Joseph A. Heim

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Session 3557

An Electronic Forum and Workshop for Design and Manufacturing Education

Joseph A. Heim1, Dongmei Gui1, and Jens Jorgensen2

Industrial Engineering1/Mechanical Engineering2 University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195


In this paper we discuss the development of an Internet-based Electronic Forum and Workshop for Design and Manufacturing Education. The system will utilize the world wide web and multimedia resources to organize and focus the growing body of research data, information and materials created by educators and industry professionals. The wide spread availability of the WWW and new technologies for collaboration and electronically-mediated interaction will provide new opportunities for expanding interaction among the community of design and manufacturing educators, industry and our students.

1 Introduction

Engineering educators face a set of challenges that parallel those confronting industry and business: retaining competence (competitiveness) within our disciplines, incorporating new technology in our courses while anticipating and responding to the needs of industry with new materials in the same manner and timeframe as industry must respond to their customers for goods and services. Just as industry has adopted a collaborative model to adequately respond to the challenges of business, so must we as educators find fitting means to address the needs of our customers and absorb the expanding knowledge created by our various disciplines.

Traditional mechanisms such as workshops and conferences have served well when we had the time and resources to meet and exchange information. But today we find less time to attend appropriate meetings, and our conferences, workshops and forum are more internationally distributed as engineering education becomes a competitive goal for many newly industrialized economies. One result is that faculty have even less chance of participating as the costs and time commitment increase and the participants are scattered globally across many meetings instead

Gui, D., & Jorgensen, J., & Heim, J. A. (1998, June), An Electronic Forum And Workshop For Design And Manufacturing Education Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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