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Development of a Senior Design and Internship Integrated University-Industry Collaborative Program to Address the Skills Gap in Advanced Manufacturing

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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ET Projects

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Immanuel Edinbarough P.E. University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

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Immanuel A. Edinbarough received his B.Sc. (Applied Sciences) degree from PSG College of Technology, University of Madras, India, his B.E.. (M.E.) degree from the Institution of Engineers, India, M.E. (Production Engineering) degree from PSG College of Technology, Bharathiar University, India, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Bharathiar University, India. He is currently a professor and director of engineering technology at the University of Texas, Brownsville (UTB). Prior to joining the UTB faculty he was a visiting professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology and an associate professor of production engineering technology at PSG College of Technology, Bharathiar University, India, where he served as the director of the Computer Vision Laboratory and National Cadet Corps – Engineering Division Director. With over 29 years of teaching and research experience in manufacturing/mechanical engineering and engineering technology, he currently teaches in the areas of CAD/CAM/CIM, robotics and automation, product and process design, materials and manufacturing processes, machine design, renewable energy and micro-manufacturing. His current research interests include robotics, CIM, sustainable manufacturing, micro machining and engineering and technology education. He has published several papers in these areas in various national and international conferences and journals. He has worked in heavy and light manufacturing industries, manufacturing pumps, motors, and CNC machine tools in the areas of system design, production planning, and control and manufacturing. Edinbarough also served in paramilitary forces and in the Air Force. He is a Life Member of the ISTE, a senior life member of the IE (India), a member of ASEE and SME, and a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Texas.

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Adriana Rios Santiago University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley Orcid 16x16

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Adriana Olvera is currently a lecturer of Manufacturing Engineering at the College of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). She received her Masters in Architecture from the School of Architecture of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), in 2011. She received her Bachelor’s in Architecture from Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), in 2007. Her current research interests include sustainable building design, building automation, and smart environments.

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Jesus Gonzalez-Rodriguez University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

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Dr. Jesus Gonzalez is currently a lecturer in the Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. He holds a PhD from The University of Sheffield in United Kingdom in Materials Science and Engineering. During the PhD, he received the Foster Research Prize given to the best PhD thesis related to glass technology. His research interest is in the mechanical properties of glass at room and high temperature.
Dr. Gonzalez has also a broad experience in the glass industry, specifically in fabrication of automotive safety glass. He worked for Vitro Glass Company for more than 19 years where he held different positions such as Process Engineer, Materials Planning and Logistics Manager, Production Superintendent, Manufacturing Engineer and Glass Technologist. During his time in the company, he co-authored two patents related to glass fabrication and glass coatings processing.
Dr. Gonzalez is a Six-Sigma Black Belt and has participated in numerous process improvement projects. He has been trained as well in the Methodology of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) that he applied to solve complex problems. In the manufacturing operations field, he is certified in Production and Inventory Management by APICS, which is the professional association for supply chain management.
He is a member of the Society of Glass Technology, based in Sheffield England. He is also affiliated to the alumni society of Armourers & Brasiers' Company, London UK, which is a society that promotes the study of Materials Science.

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Development of Senior Design & Internship Integrated University-Industry Collaborative Program to address the skills gap in Advanced Manufacturing

Immanuel A. Edinbarough, Jesus A. Gonzalez, Adriana Olvera,

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Brownsville, Texas - 78520

Abstract Quality assurance and the related technology are vital for the functioning of multifarious products, including cars and computers that govern the daily aspects of human life. Manufacturing ensures the creation of these products through the production of hundreds or thousands of parts each week. In modern manufacturing, all these parts are produced to high precision to ensure the quality of finished products. A quality assurance engineer or a metrologist ensures that the specifications required for the finished parts meet the stringent tolerance requirements. This is an ongoing process in advanced manufacturing. Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) are the back bones of coordinate metrology and the related inspection process. These high precision machines demand technical skills in metrology and computer programming that enable the metrologist or engineer to successfully complete the programming for quick and automated inspection processes in industries. There are not enough highly trained engineering and technology personnel available to meet the industry demand in this advanced manufacturing sector. At the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, an initiative has been undertaken to address the skills gap in this very important area of manufacturing. The paper presents the details on the development of senior design and internship integrated program that has successfully addressed the skills gap in metrology and advanced manufacturing through the university and industry partnership. The senior design project and internship are integrated with the engineering technology curriculum to address this challenging problem of developing human power in the PC-DMS (Personal Computer-Dimensional Measurement Standard) programming and CMM operation. The outcome of this program is a win-win for both university and industry. Also, discussed in detail in the paper are the pedagogical aspects of senior design project that includes the industry accepted CMM training and the subsequent internship in the metrological department of the industry.

Edinbarough, I., & Rios Santiago, A., & Gonzalez-Rodriguez, J. (2019, June), Development of a Senior Design and Internship Integrated University-Industry Collaborative Program to Address the Skills Gap in Advanced Manufacturing Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32650

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