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Development of an Online Master’s Degree Program in Manufacturing Systems Engineering

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Latest Trends and Implementations in Manufacturing Education

Tagged Division

Manufacturing

Page Count

21

Page Numbers

26.532.1 - 26.532.21

DOI

10.18260/p.23871

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https://peer.asee.org/23871

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75

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Fazleena Badurdeen University of Kentucky

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Fazleena Badurdeen is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and also affiliated to the Institute
for Sustainable Manufacturing at University of Kentucky where she leads the Sustainable Manufacturing
Systems and Supply Chains Research Group. She is also the Director for Graduate Studies in
Manufacturing Systems Engineering, a multidisciplinary program in the College of Engineering. With
backgrounds in Engineering and Business, Dr. Badurdeen is particularly interested in promoting multidisciplinary
education.

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John R. Baker University of Kentucky

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John R. Baker is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky Extended Campus Program in Paducah, KY. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. After obtaining his B.S., he spent three years working in the Plastics Division of Eastman Chemical Products, Inc. He entered his current position in July 2000.

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Keith E. Rouch University of Kentucky

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Keith E. Rouch, P.E., has been a professor at the University of Kentucky for the past 29 years, following 19 years with Allis-Chalmers Corp, and served as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering for twelve years. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is registered as a professional engineer in Kentucky and Wisconsin. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. (1977) from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. His research interests are in finite element methods in mechanical design, rotor-bearing system dynamics, vibrations, and machining chatter. He has advised nine PhD students and 18 masters students, authored or co-authored more than 80 journal papers, conference proceedings, and book chapters. He has five U.S. patents in addition to several international patents. More than 170 reports in industry and consulting have been authored.

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Christine F. Goble University of Kentucky

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Christine F. Goble is a lecturer of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. She received her BS and MS degrees from the University of Kentucky and Ph.D. degree from Purdue University all in Civil Engineering. She has extensive experience in distance learning in both a synchronous, interactive format and in a fully online, asynchronous format. Dr. Goble has received teaching awards from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tau Beta Pi, and NSBE at the University of Kentucky.

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Gerry M. Swan II University of Kentucky

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Dr. Swan serves as assistant dean and associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Through the OTIS initiative, he has developed assessment tools for the College and beyond which translate research-based ideas into practice for tens of thousands of students and instructors from kindergarten to college. His research interests include use of interactive media with instruction and computer-managed instruction.

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Adam Brown University of Kentucky

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Adam Brown is a Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering. He completed
the face-to-face version of the MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Kentucky in 2012, and is helping in development of online course content for the online version of the degree. His current research interest is
supply chain risk and disruption management.

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I. S. Jawahir University of Kentucky

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James F. Hardymon Chair in Manufacturing Systems,
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and
Director, Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing (ISM)
University of Kentucky

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Abstract

Development of an Online Master’s Degree Program in Manufacturing Systems EngineeringThis paper reports on a newly developed online master’s degree program inManufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of XYZ. Funding for programdevelopment has been provided through an internal university grant as part of auniversity-wide initiative. Classes will begin in the spring semester of 2015. Withincreased emphasis on manufacturing in recent years, including the establishmentfor four national institutes for manufacturing innovation, a resurgence of demand formanufacturing engineers with the required knowledge is expected. Because thisprogram will be entirely online, it will increase accessibility and provide anopportunity for career enhancement and advancement for practicing engineers whomay not otherwise have access to a graduate degree in manufacturing engineering.The primary focus of this paper is program development, including the motivationfor the program’s development, the program’s educational objectives, admissionsrequirements, degree requirements, curriculum planning, student recruitment,student orientation, selection of an online learning management system, facultytraining in required teaching technology and online teaching techniques, andmethods of assessment. Being a manufacturing systems engineering degree, anumber of courses in the program involve laboratory experiments or hands-onsimulations. The challenges involved and approach used to transition these activitiesto the virtual environment for use in online courses will also be covered.Regarding training, a formal university-wide program for faculty engaging in onlineand blended teaching methods will be described. A standard course template to beimplemented in a learning management system for use in the online courses will alsobe overviewed. While the online classes begin in spring 2015, faculty in the onlinemaster’s program are teaching in a blended format in related classes in the fall of2014, with significant portions of course content provided online for courses that areprimarily taught in a traditional face-to-face format, or by the synchronous distanceteaching method, Instructional Television (ITV). Assessment data is being collectedand will be used for improvement of online course content in future course offerings.This online content, and the assessment results, from fall of 2014 will be discussed,and plans for improvements in response to the assessments will be overviewed.

Badurdeen, F., & Baker, J. R., & Rouch, K. E., & Goble, C. F., & Swan, G. M., & Brown, A., & Jawahir, I. S. (2015, June), Development of an Online Master’s Degree Program in Manufacturing Systems Engineering Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23871

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