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Curricula 2015: Moving Manufacturing Curricula Forward

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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Manufacturing Curricula for the Year 2015 and Beyond

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14.393.1 - 14.393.13



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Hugh Jack Grand Valley State University Orcid 16x16

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Venkitaswamy Raju State University of New York, Farmingdale

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David Wells North Dakota State University

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Robert Mott University of Dayton

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Curricula 2015 – Moving Manufacturing Curricula Forward

Hugh Jack, Professor, Grand Valley State University Venkitaswamy Raju, Professor, Farmingdale State College - SUNY David Wells, Professor, North Dakota State University Robert Mott, Professor Emeritus, University of Dayton


This paper describes the process and results to date being undertaken by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers through its Manufacturing Education & Research Community (SME- MER) to move the curricula for manufacturing education forward. The goal is to ensure that graduates are well prepared to serve the wide spectrum of industry needs in a high-technology, globally competitive, and rapidly evolving world. The process builds on landmark work completed in the 1990s from which a series of publications emerged that defined content, program organization, and differentiation among associate degree, baccalaureate degree, and graduate degree programs. A variety of methods are being implemented to perform the updating of recommended curricula and the intended product has been called Curricula 2015, extending from the prior work. Most notable are a series of Manufacturing Education Leadership Forums held during 2008 and 2009 attended by professionals in academia, industry, and government. The NSF-sponsored National Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME) is participating in this effort and its Manufacturing Education Resource Center (MERC) provides support for the process along with means of chronicling and archiving the results. It is expected that a nearly final draft of Curricula 2015 will have been completed by the time of the 2009 ASEE Annual Conference. Reporting on it will be timely and will give ASEE Manufacturing Division members opportunity to comment and provide input. Additional development will then take place immediately following the ASEE Conference in Austin, TX. Publication of the document is envisioned for Fall 2009. Collaboration among members of the ASEE Manufacturing Division, SME-MER, and other professional societies having interest in manufacturing education is essential to the success of this work.

Jack, H., & Raju, V., & Wells, D., & Mott, R. (2009, June), Curricula 2015: Moving Manufacturing Curricula Forward Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5309

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