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Collaborative Manufacturing Engineering Education And Research In Japan

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.128.1 - 4.128.10

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Y. Omurtag

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T. Ioi

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S. Enomoto

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M. Matsunaga

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Session 2263

Collaborative Manufacturing Engineering Education and Research in Japan

T. Ioi, S. Enomoto, K. Kato, M. Matsunaga, Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan, Research Committee of MOT, Japan , Y. Omurtag, University of Missouri-Rolla, USA


This paper describes an emerging engineering education system for manufacturing professionals at Chiba Institute of Technology (CIT) in Japan, based on the principles of industry academia collaboration and case study methodology in teaching and research. First, the Department of Project Management (DPM), which was established at CIT in 1997 for this collaborative approach, is described. Then, two case studies are introduced illustrating the nature of industry-academia cooperation and the use of real world cases resulting from such cooperation to educate manufacturing professionals for Japanese industries.Our preliminary experiences with this new curriculum and approach to educating manufacturing professionals at Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan since its implementation in 1997 is also presented in the conclusions.

1. Introduction

In the past, engineering education in Japanese Universities followed the classical model (1)-(3) of lecture methods and laboratory experiments to illustrate and reinforce the basic principles of science and technology. In the new and emerging approach, industrial and international connections and collaborations are emphasized in research and education of the engineering talent to be responsive to the needs of the global and technology driven enterprises of the future.

The first part of the paper describes the DPM that was established at CIT in 1997 for this collaborative approach in engineering education. The curriculum in DPM includes Engineering, Information systems and Management as its main components. The undergraduate students are educated through case studies after developing English language skills, competence in computer technology applications and knowledge of basic manufacturing processes including various technologies. Students are also exposed to the principles and uses of information and management systems. The final goal of the curriculum in DPM is to develop the technical problem and project definition, solution and management skills of the graduates so that they can quickly adopt to the manufacturing or other technology driven project environments as effective team members and leaders.

Omurtag, Y., & Ioi, T., & Enomoto, S., & Matsunaga, M. (1999, June), Collaborative Manufacturing Engineering Education And Research In Japan Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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