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An Integrated And Distributed Environment For A Manufacturing Capstone Course

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Design Projects in Manufacturing

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8.205.1 - 8.205.10



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Venkat Allada

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Tony Okafor

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Rajiv Mishra

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Ming Leu

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Ashok Agrawal

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Frank Liou

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Session Number: 2563


Frank Liou, Venkat Allada, Ming Leu, Rajiv Mishra, Anthony OKAFOR University of Missouri-Rolla and Ashok Agrawal St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley

Abstract Presented in the paper is an interdisciplinary capstone design project course with the support of distributed and integrated manufacturing processes. This project course provides students with the experience of integrating the technical knowledge they have learned from other courses. The project highlights include 1) Integration of business and engineering skills through a two-semester, team-based capstone manufacturing project course; 2) Development of a distributed product design and manufacturing environment including a realistic supply-chain network; 3) Development of modular courseware to support the capstone design project; 4) In-depth understanding of product quality and manufacturing process control; 5) Implication of various decisions such as make/buy, purchasing, vendor selection on the bottom line; and 6) real world industrial projects supported by various industrial partners. Presented in the paper is the integration of the existing campus manufacturing resources and those available from industries to provide distributed manufacturing experiences for students. The collaboration between the University of Missouri-Rolla and St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley integrates engineering and technology to solve real problems in industry. An interdisciplinary team provides the students with the experience of solving a problem using various team members’ expertise. This capstone design project provides opportunities for students to design, manufacture, and actually market a product, are able to stimulate students’ interest in real-world product realization. Business knowledge and skill are naturally incorporated into consideration in students’ design and manufacturing. Both the program model and actual class implementation are summarized in this paper. This model can also be adapted at other institutions that have limited manufacturing process facilities.

I. Introduction An innovative product-oriented manufacturing curriculum is being implemented at the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR) and St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley (FV)1. This project has significantly impacted UMR’s two BS degree option programs in manufacturing and MS degree programs in manufacturing, and FV’s manufacturing engineering and technology programs. We have established an integrative and collaborative manufacturing program to reinforce and sharpen critical competencies

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Allada, V., & Okafor, T., & Mishra, R., & Leu, M., & Agrawal, A., & Liou, F. (2003, June), An Integrated And Distributed Environment For A Manufacturing Capstone Course Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11439

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