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Board 150:Product Life-cycle Management Scholarship Program

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Robert P. Van Til Oakland University

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Robert Van Til is the Pawley Professor of Lean Studies and Chair of Oakland University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. Dr. Van Til is also associated with Oakland University’s Pawley Lean Institute.

Dr. Van Til's educational and research interests focus on the modeling, analysis and control of manufacturing systems, lean and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). His projects have been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. as well as by companies such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Co., Siemens PLM Inc. and the Crittenton Hospital Medical Center. He has served in visiting positions at universities in Hawaii, the Netherlands and Australia.

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Chris J. Kobus Oakland University

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Associate Professor of Engineering. Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Retention, School of Engineering and Computer Science.

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Michael A. Latcha Oakland University


Sankar Sengupta Oakland University

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Currently a Professor of Engineering in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Oakland University. I have over 25 years of teaching and research experience and over ten years of industrial experience.

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The Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Scholarship Program is supported by a National Science Foundation Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) grant (#1060160). The goal of the program is provide academically sound, but financially challenged, students with the means to enroll as full-time students at Oakland University in the fields of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering with the expectation that a successful student will receive a baccalaureate degree within four years and will, upon graduation, be capable of entering the high technology workforce or continuing their education at the graduate level.

A unique aspect of the PLM Scholarship program involves investigators working with several companies to identify paid engineering internship opportunities (both summer and year-round) for the students. A majority of the students were placed into such internships. The investigators received assistance on identifying some internship opportunities from Oakland University's Pawley Lean Institute. Over 20 companies hired PLM Scholarship students to these internship positions. The investigators also worked closely with the university's Career Services Office to prepare students for these internships (develop resumes and cover letters, mock interviews, etc.).

Seventeen of the PLM Scholarship students have graduated to-date with a B.S. in Engineering degree. All graduates obtained full-time engineering positions upon graduation or entered graduate school.

Van Til, R. P., & Kobus, C. J., & Latcha, M. A., & Sengupta, S. (2018, June), Board 150:Product Life-cycle Management Scholarship Program Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29953

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