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Creating True Academic Industry Partnerships: Making It Work

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.176.1 - 3.176.5



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Fred Beaufait

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Session 3663

"Creative Project Model"- A Research Experience for Undergraduate Students Ajay P. Malshe Materials & Manufacturing Research Laboratory (0RL) Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701


Tell them-they will forget Show them-they will remember Involve them- they will understand - Anonymous

Engineering is a bridge between fundamental research laboratories and manufacturing industries. Undergraduate students need research experience to be introduced to the interdisciplinary nature of product development and manufacturing. Research experience complements the undergraduate education that is concerned with the basic concepts of science and engineering.

The author, in the last three years, has involved five undergraduates through testing new ideas to develop material processing and manufacturing technologies. These idea-based projects are termed by the author as "creative projects". Each creative project is completed in two semesters. Due to the exposure to novel ideas, state-of-the-art technologies and major academic achievements encountered in these creative projects, three of the five undergraduate students have chosen to pursue higher education and are currently graduate (MS/ Ph.D.) students with the author. The fifth one has decided to be a graduate student after the completion of his BSME degree in 1998. In this paper, the author intends to unfold and describe a novel "creative project model" and share his views on establishing effective avenues for undergraduate research experience which could benefit students, influence their future choice of careers, and benefit manufacturing industries.


Beaufait, F. (1998, June), Creating True Academic Industry Partnerships: Making It Work Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7003

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