June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
11.532.1 - 11.532.11
Emerging Topics for Industrial Engineering Curriculum
The primary purpose of this study was to identify the desired characteristics of an undergraduate Industrial Engineer as an entry-level employee, and to determine the emerging topic areas that should be incorporated into the reengineered curriculum. This research study will help determine the future focus on curriculum development to be more responsive to the needs and requirements of industry.
This paper will explain the process to validate and obtain the different emerging topics. The principal research method employed was a modified three round Delphi study that targeted Industry and Academia. The research findings obtained from the first round of the study are discussed that identify the desired characteristics, and the most important emerging topics to be incorporated into the reengineered curriculum.
1 Introduction The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to Re- engineer the curriculum of Industrial Engineering. One of the first steps is to study and to obtain the different emerging topics to be included in this curriculum.
It is very well known in the 21st Century that the new varied forces of globalization, the development of electronic commerce which is a true manifestation of World Wide Web, the appearance of new methodologies/tools to integrate engineering and business functions, supply chain management and their complex interrelationships are shaping the competitive landscape of business. This new force brings opportunities and makes it necessary to reformulate, streamline, and update Industrial Engineering. These new forces have created the need for emergent topics and modifications to existing ones, which will be covered in this paper. This paper will explain the process to validate and obtain the different emerging topics. We started with surveys including Industry and Academia. Then, we proceeded with a systematic Delphi study.
The organization of the paper is as follows. The objective of the research study is explained in section two. The methodology employed is described in section three, followed by the results and findings of the study in section four. Finally, conclusions and recommendations are given in section five.
2 Purpose of the Study The primary purpose of this study was to identify the desired characteristics of an undergraduate Industrial Engineer as an entry-level employee, and to determine the emerging topic areas that should be incorporated into the reengineered curriculum. This research study will help determine the future focus on curriculum development to be more responsive to the needs and
Rabelo, L., & Hernandez, E., & Crumpton-Young, L., & Eskandari, H., & Sala-Diakanda, S., & Furterer, S., & Williams, K. (2006, June), Emerging Topics For Industrial Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/1452
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