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Back To The Future Manufacturing Engineering At Stout

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.229.1 - 6.229.8



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Danny Bee

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Session 1533

Back to the Future Manufacturing Engineering at Stout

Danny J. Bee University of Wisconsin-Stout


Manufacturing engineering education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout has gone back to the future. Today’s undergraduate manufacturing engineering program utilizes laboratory- and industrial project-based instruction throughout the professional component of the curriculum. The century old Stout tradition of hands-on, minds-on instruction emphasizes engineering and industrial applications balanced with a strong basis of engineering sciences. In today’s global marketplace, manufacturers wishing to remain competitive must employ pragmatic engineers with a solid foundation in the engineering sciences, engineering practice, and industrial applications. Stout’s newly accredited undergraduate manufacturing engineering program develops these pragmatic engineers in an environment rich in applications and engineering science. In addition to the extensive lab-based methods, real undergraduate industrial projects are funneled to the program through an outstanding technology transfer outreach program. This paper presents the past and present environment that has created this back to the future manufacturing engineering program. Both the methods in which the laboratory based learning environment is utilized and the industrial partnerships that create project opportunities will be presented in this paper. Laboratory innovation and development along with real industrial projects are the keys to the current manufacturing engineering program’s success.

UW-Stout’s Rich History

James Huff Stout, lumber baron, civic leader, and state legislator, founded the Stout Manual Training Schools in 1891. These original training schools were merged into the Stout Institute in 1908. The institute was designed to “provide facilities in the way of buildings, equipment, and teachers, through which young people of both sexes may secure such instruction and training in industrial and related lines of educational effort as will enable them to become efficient industrial, social, and economic units within their environment.” Engraved in the arch over the entry to Bowman Hall are the words “Industry, Skill, Trade, and Honor.” The original mission of the Stout Institute and these four core values are still practiced in this unique University of Wisconsin Institution. The University of Wisconsin-Stout, the only system institution bearing an individuals name, serves a unique role within the state of Wisconsin. UW-Stout prepares individuals for professional careers in business, industry, and education. James Huff Stout believed every individual was entitled to an education, and the manual training schools were developed with the intent to actively train individuals in the manual arts and domestic sciences, thereby allowing individuals to succeed and prosper in society.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition ©2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Bee, D. (2001, June), Back To The Future Manufacturing Engineering At Stout Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--8946

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