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Design Projects with Out-of-Town Companies

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

IE Technical Session I

Tagged Division

Industrial Engineering

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22.438.1 - 22.438.12



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Lizabeth T. Schlemer California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Lizabeth Schlemer has been teaching at Cal Poly, SLO for 18 years. She is a graduate of Cal Poly herself, and she holds a Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering and an M.B.A. from University of Southern California, and a Ph.. in Educational Research from University of California, Santa Barbara. She has 10 years of work experience at Unocal Corporation where she held positions of increasing responsibility. Most of her current research activities center around engineering education and enhancing engagement through valid contexts like project based learning and community service. She teaches a wide range of subjects from Engineering Economy to Facilities Planning and Design. She has developed good relationships with local industry and provides her students with opportunities to participate in real projects for real clients.

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Design  projects  with  out-­‐of  town  companies      The  capstone  design  class  in  the  industrial  engineering  at  Cal  Poly,  SLO  includes  projects  with  companies.  The  projects  are  large  ambiguous  facilities  design  problems  that  allow  students  to  incorporate  many  aspects  of  the  IE  curriculum.  For  the  past  15  years  students  have  been  participating  in  these  projects  with  local  companies.  Over  the  past  several  years  companies  from  out  of  town  (200  miles  to  the  north  in  Mountain  View  or  200  miles  to  the  south  in  Oxnard).  These  out  of  town  companies  have  presented  certain  logistical  issues,  but  they  have  proved  to  be  quite  beneficial  to  the  students,  the  program  and  the  companies.  This  paper  will  discuss  lessons  learned  and  illustrate  though  student  assessment  the  benefits  of  these  activities.    

Schlemer, L. T. (2011, June), Design Projects with Out-of-Town Companies Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17719

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