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Clemson Fujifilm Partnership For Introducing Design To Freshmen

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Industrial-Sponsored Design

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9.312.1 - 9.312.5

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Session 1325

Clemson-FujiFilm Partnership for Introducing Design to Freshmen

Matthew W. Ohland General Engineering, Clemson University


Details of a partnership between Clemson University’s General Engineering program and FujiFilm’s Greenwood facility provide an excellent example of an industry-sponsored design project. Two years of experience with students engaged in design projects based on making modifications to Fuji QuickSnap cameras have yielded creative results, and descriptions and photos of the more interesting designs are available. The grading criteria for both the students’ class grade and a design competition judged by a panel of Fuji employees will be included.

The next step in the evolution of this design project will be moving from a design evaluation that is product-based to a design evaluation that evaluates a team’s design process as well. This approach will improve the quality of the design education that students receive and could result in the easier-to-measure objective of improving student design scores.

The Fuji Film Greenwood Facility

Fuji Photo Film, Inc., opened the Greenwood facility in 1989 to manufacture presensitized plates and related products used in offset printing. Greenwood expanded to add plants to manufacture videotapes in 1991, QuickSnap one-time-use cameras in 1995, color photographic paper in 1996. Facilities for 35mm color film finishing and packaging, graphic arts film finishing, and 35mm film production were added in 1997. In 1999, Fujifilm began coating data storage media in Greenwood and opened the Greenwood Research Laboratories. Greenwood’s most recent additions were a medical imaging products facility and a second color film and photographic paper factory added in 2001.1 The current site, with 8 plants, a research facility, and Fuji’s largest automated distribution center in the world, is an educationally rich environment for engineering students. Fuji Film Greenwood is a participant in Clemson’s Cooperative Education (co-op) program.

Clemson and its General Engineering curriculum

Clemson University is a land-grant institution located in rural upstate South Carolina. Its population of approximately 14,000 undergraduates is drawn largely (65%) from in-state high schools. Originally a technical school, Clemson is still considered to be largely technically oriented, and the College of Engineering and Science is the largest college in the University. Clemson’s General Engineering program has coordinated a common first-year engineering curriculum since 1985.2 The program was known as Freshman Engineering until 1993.

The first semester freshman course, Introduction to Engineering Disciplines and Skills, focuses on providing students with an understanding of the various majors in the College of Engineering

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Ohland, M. (2004, June), Clemson Fujifilm Partnership For Introducing Design To Freshmen Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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