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Design And Implementation Of The Computer Integrated Engineering Enterprise (Ciee) The Learning Factory At Robert Morris College

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.330.1 - 6.330.5

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Winston F. Erevelles

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Session 1463

Design and Implementation of the Computer Integrated Engineering Enterprise (CIEE) – the Learning Factory at Robert Morris College Winston F. Erevelles Robert Morris College

I. Introduction

The engineering initiative at Robert Morris College seeks to enhance the technical and engineering abilities of the workforce in southwestern Pennsylvania through an innovative, industry-driven, hands-on, project-based system of education and training that integrates theory and practice in Manufacturing, Software, and Logistics Engineering. These activities are centered on the Computer Integrated Engineering Enterprise (CIEE) - the Learning Factory at Robert Morris College. This new facility will be used for teaching, research, lifelong learning, and recruiting activities by creating a new paradigm in engineering education featuring the integration of all experiential learning activities.

II. The Engineering Initiative at Robert Morris College

Robert Morris College is an independent, coeducational institution founded in 1921, and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that integrate the liberal arts with professional programs in business, applied sciences, teacher education, and communications. Total enrollment at the main campus in Moon Township (in Pittsburgh’s western suburbs) and at the City of Pittsburgh Center is approximately 5,000. The College awards graduate degrees in 10 areas and undergraduate degrees in 35 areas of study.

The College began offering the Bachelor of Science in Engineering in the Fall 1999 semester. Currently three engineering disciplines are supported through the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with tracks in Software Engineering and Logistics Engineering, and the recently approved Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering degree (April 2000). The College’s Board of Trustees and industrial representatives were active participants in the development of the engineering programs. Representatives from PPG Industries, PGT Trucking, Bayer Corporation, J&L Specialty Steel, Cutler-Hammer, Westinghouse Electric Company, Mine Safety Appliances Company, and LB International have guided the engineering initiative. Statistics obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor show the importance and desirability of graduates in the disciplines supported by the College1.

The programs in Logistics, Software, and Manufacturing Engineering emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to engineering education and build on existing strengths in business, communication skills, and mathematics. The engineering programs at the College are niche programs that are not typically offered at most educational institutions. The typical student in these programs enjoys problem solving, hands on learning, and being challenged with issues

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Erevelles, W. F. (2001, June), Design And Implementation Of The Computer Integrated Engineering Enterprise (Ciee) The Learning Factory At Robert Morris College Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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