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Design Project Validation For The Greenfield Coalition For New Manufacturing Education

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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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3.190.1 - 3.190.7



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Ece Yaprak

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Attila Yaprak

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David Wells

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Ece Yaprak Wayne State University

Attila Yaprak Wayne State University

David L. Wells Focus:HOPE Center for Advanced Technologies

ABSTRACT The Greenfield Coalition is a National Science Foundation funded coalition which sets a new paradigm in manufacturing engineering education. One of the key goals of the coalition is the development of a unique, experiential, learner-centered curricula which is designed and delivered through the collaboration of university and industry partners. Engineering technologist candidates are full time employees of the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) Center where their real world experience plays an important role in their educational program. In this paper, we discuss our experience in the development of a portfolio of validation methods in the Design Project Knowledge area, a senior capstone design course in engineering technology at Wayne State University (WSU) by validating these candidates’ manufacturing experiences at the CAT Center.

1. INTRODUCTION The last two decades have been marked by the globalization of markets, technology, and competition. This transformation has necessitated sharpened skills and competencies in engineering technologies that are relevant to the business community’s needs, An important area in which the need for sharper competencies has increased recently is engineering technology. This is due to at least two reasons: (1) engineering technology has become a more critical value-adding activity and cost containment domain in the manufacturing value chain, and (2) integrating continuously improving design competencies into the manufacturing process, indeed the entire value chain, has become a lucrative source of competitive advantage in competing against relevant rivals. This is evidenced by the following: (i) many Michigan manufacturers have recently embarked upon improved design methodologies as key components of their quest to achieve manufacturing excellence; (ii) many universities have incorporated (or are incorporating) quality concepts into their curricula, research, and administrative processes; and (iii) many industry-university-government partnerships, such as the Greenfield Coalition (CC), are


Yaprak, E., & Yaprak, A., & Wells, D. (1998, June), Design Project Validation For The Greenfield Coalition For New Manufacturing Education Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7020

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