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An Interdisciplinary Program And Laboratory For Printed Circuit Board (Pcb) Design And Manufacturing

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.75.1 - 2.75.5



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Willie E. (Skip) Rochefort

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William F. Reiter

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Milo D. Koretsky

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Session 2613

An Interdisciplinary Program and Laboratory for Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design and Manufacturing

Milo D. Koretsky, Willie E. (Skip) Rochefort, William F. Reiter Chemical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University

ABSTRACT Oregon State University and Merix Corp. (Forest Grove, OR) have initiated a cooperative University-Industry program for hands-on education of engineering students. This interdisciplinary program spans the Departments of Chemical Engineering (ChE), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) and focuses on the design and manufacture of a printed circuit board using actual PCB manufacturing equipment in a new PCB laboratory housed at OSU. Curriculum development will include courses to develop "core competency" in each major discipline, and a capstone PCB Design and Manufacturing laboratory course which will focus on interdisciplinary group activities aimed towards a common goal -- the production of a printed circuit board. Educational programs will be offered at the engineering technology (local community colleges), advanced undergraduate and graduate levels (OSU). The laboratory development and operation is a cooperative activity between OSU and local industry to promote education and research in the electronics industry.

INTRODUCTION The 50th Anniversary issue of Chemical Engineering Progress (January, 1997) provided many articles related to chemical engineering "then and now". In one of those articles David Koch looked at the role education will play in shaping the future of chemical engineering (1). He mentioned the beginnings of three "trends" which he thought would be very important. The first was professional education, which he described as ".. exposing students to actual industrial practice provides the best educational laboratory for learning design, problem-solving, and teamwork, among other things." The second was interdisciplinary, which he suggested was a natural result of the broadening of the field of chemical engineering to include new growth industries. The third was the electronic classroom, where very fast and cheap computers would make the virtual chemical engineering laboratory a possibility. All of these concepts are addressed with the curriculum development project described in this paper.

There are a number of excellent examples where programs have been developed to address a change in undergraduate engineering education to emphasize the practical experience and interdisciplinary teamwork concepts suggested by industry (2 - 7). The unique aspects of the current project are that the curriculum and laboratory development focus on two distinct philosophies:

Rochefort, W. E. S., & Reiter, W. F., & Koretsky, M. D. (1997, June), An Interdisciplinary Program And Laboratory For Printed Circuit Board (Pcb) Design And Manufacturing Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6644

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