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Design, Implementation, And Integration Of An Experiential Assembly System Engineering Laboratory Module

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Innovative Teaching Methods in Industrial Engineering

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8.382.1 - 8.382.8



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Michael Kuhl

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Matthew Marshall

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Andres Carrano

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Session 2357


Andres L. Carrano, Michael E. Kuhl, Matthew M. Marshall

Industrial & Systems Engineering Department Rochester Institute of Techno logy Rochester, NY 14623 USA


Curriculum integration and multidisciplinary studies have become key issues in improving engineering education. This paper presents the design and implementation of laboratory material that integrates three traditionally independent courses in the industrial engineering curriculum, manufacturing, ergonomics, and simulation, utilizing an experiential assembly system. This collaborative project incorporates a team-based learn-by-doing approach to the theoretical knowledge in these subject areas1,3. These components are implemented in a dynamic and reconfigurable environment in which the students are given the opportunity of contrasting his/her design against the working reality. The results of this project are discussed along with the impact on the curriculum.

1. Introduction

In industry, there is a constantly growing need for engineers possessing both academic and technical proficiencies. Meeting this need requires different and more innovative ways to impart knowledge. Traditional lecturing is an excellent mechanism for delivering large amounts of information but it also encourages passivity in students and compromises their interaction in class2 . This also dulls student creativity since the instructor is expected to provide all the necessary material and ideas. On the other hand, traditional laboratory experiences tend to be very focused and rigid on a specific topic, consequently lacking an integrative approach that comprises different fields of academic instruction. The aim of this paper is to present a collaborative project in which we develop an interactive laboratory module that integrates course material from three traditionally independent areas within industrial engineering.

This effort involves the collaboration of faculty to develop integrated laboratory-based teaching modules in the areas of manufacturing, ergonomics, and simulation that utilize a common experimental assembly system. The manufacturing module addresses assembly systems engineering issues, production volume and rate considerations, and assembly quality considerations. The ergonomics component focuses on evaluating the physical demands of the system and how these relate to the physical capabilities and attributes of the human worker. The simulation component, focuses on creating computer-based simulation models of the system, “Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Kuhl, M., & Marshall, M., & Carrano, A. (2003, June), Design, Implementation, And Integration Of An Experiential Assembly System Engineering Laboratory Module Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12486

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