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An Inter University Collaborative Undergraduate Research/Learning Experience For Product Platform Planning: Year 2

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Design Projects

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

Page Count

16

Page Numbers

11.200.1 - 11.200.16

DOI

10.18260/1-2--928

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https://peer.asee.org/928

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Hansen Lukman Bucknell University

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Hansen Lukman is a senior Mechanical Engineering student at Bucknell University. He was involved with the REU program of summer 2005 and served as the Bucknell University Host for visiting REU students. He is currently doing research with Steven B. Shooter and Fabrice Alizon on Examination of a Potential Ontology Representation for Product Platform Planning.

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Steven Shooter Bucknell University

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Steve Shooter is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Bucknell University where he teaches design and mechatronics. As a registered Professional Engineer, he also actively engages in industrial projects that involve product development or the development of product realization infrastructure. He received his BSME (1988), MSME (1990), Ph.D. (1995) from Virginia Tech. He has been a Process Engineer for Sony Music Corporation, a Faculty Fellow at NIST, and a Visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

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Fabrice Alizon Bucknell University

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Fabrice Alizon is a post-doc at Bucknell University. His research interests include product platform design, manufacturing design and mass customization. Alizon has a MS and a PhD in industrial engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris (France). He spent five years working in the automotive industry before this post-doctoral position.

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Asli Sahin Virginia Tech

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Asli Sahin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research interests focus on developing modeling systems that help designers to integrate engineering and management principles into conceptual design of products and systems. She received her M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech in December of 2005. She has experience and interest in adapting and developing computer-based visualization instruction models for education and training purposes. She is currently a member of Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society.

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Robert Stone University of Missouri-Rolla

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Rob Stone is currently an Associate Professor in the Interdisciplinary Engineering Department at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Dr. Stone’s research interests are design theory and methodology, specifically product architectures, functional representations and design languages. He is Director of the School of Engineering’s Student Design Center where he oversees the design competition activities of eight teams and guides the Center’s new engineering design and experiential learning initiative.

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Janis Terpenny Virginia Tech

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Janis Terpenny is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Education with affiliated positions in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. She is co-Director of the NSF multi-university Center for e-Design. Her research interests focus on conceptual design of engineered products and systems. She is currently a member of ASEE, ASME, IIE, SWE, and Alpha Pi Mu. She is the Design Economics area editor for The Engineering Economist journal.

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Timothy Simpson Pennsylvania State University

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Tim Simpson is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Penn State University. He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1994 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1995 and 1998, respectively. His teaching and research interests include product family and product platform design, product dissection, and concurrent engineering. He is the Director of the Product Realization Minor at Penn State and is an active member of ASEE, ASME, and AIAA.

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Soundar Kumara Pennsylvania State University

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Soundar Kumara is a Distinguished Professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He also holds joint appointments with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and School of Information Sciences and Technology. He holds B. Tech and M. Tech degrees from India and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He is an elected active member of the International Institute of Production Research.

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Experiences with an Inter-University Collaborative Undergraduate Research/Learning Experience for Product Platform Planning

Abstract

Information management and information technology in product platform development has much untapped potential in product design. Product platforms enable the planned development and deployment of families of related products whereas a traditional design processes optimize on a single design. Product family design places an increased emphasis on management of information due to the reuse aspect of having a platform. This has prompted a multi-pronged collaborative research effort by four universities that covers many facets of the product platform realm. The National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program was one of these research efforts. The REU Program gave five students from the four universities the opportunity to discover platform design and participate in ongoing research between the four universities. The students spent a month each at Bucknell University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute dissecting products designed with a platform approach and applying novel design metrics. The students worked closely with professors, post-doctoral students, graduate students, and other undergraduate students on the topic while also expanding their interests in graduate school. This paper is a reflection on the research, the structure of the REU program, and the students’ overall experience. This is the second year of the program; therefore, analogies are drawn to the first year along with a follow-up on the impact to the education of the students from the first year.

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CDI Commonality vs. Diversity Index DSM Design Structure Matrix DSMflow Design Structure Matrix with Flow representation ITR Information Technology Research PSU Penn State University REU Research Experiences for Undergraduates REUSE Reuse Existing Unit for Shape and Efficiency UMR University of Missouri-Rolla VA Value Analysis

1. Introduction

Product Platform Planning is a design method that has been utilized by companies to reduce the cost of development and manufacturing and also expedite lead times, increasing the companies’ competitiveness and success. This is possible due to the method’s framework that outlines the development and deployment of families of related products. Product platform contrasts the traditional design method in that it does not try to optimize the design of a single product, rather optimize the platform in which a variety of products is based upon. The existence of a platform

Lukman, H., & Shooter, S., & Alizon, F., & Sahin, A., & Stone, R., & Terpenny, J., & Simpson, T., & Kumara, S. (2006, June), An Inter University Collaborative Undergraduate Research/Learning Experience For Product Platform Planning: Year 2 Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--928

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