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Enhancing Ergonomic Design Skills among Undergraduate Students by Integrating Computer Aided Design and Digital Human Modeling

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

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Industrial Engineering Division Tech Session 1: IE-ing a Broader Perspective

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Engineering Management, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering

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15

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https://peer.asee.org/28273

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Faisal Aqlan Pennsylvania State University, Erie (Behrend College) Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-0695-5364

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Dr. Faisal Aqlan is an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Penn State Behrend. He earned the B.S. and M.S. in industrial engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2007 and 2010, respectively and the Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at Behrend, Dr. Aqlan was a faculty member in industrial and system engineering at the University of New Haven where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. Aqlan has also worked on industry projects with Innovation Associates Company and IBM Corporation. His work has resulted in both business value and intellectual property. He has published several papers in reputed journals and conferences. Dr. Aqlan is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and has received numerous awards and honors including the IBM Vice President award for innovation excellence.

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Yuan-Han Huang Pennsylvania State University, Erie (Behrend College)

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Dr. Yuan-Han Huang is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State Behrend since 2013. He received the B.S. in Industrial Engineering from I-Shou University, Taiwan; the M.B.A. in Industrial Management from the National Taiwan University Science & Technology, Taiwan; and the M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo. Dr. Huang received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Human Factors Engineering from Clemson University in 2013. Dr. Huang’s research focuses on improving the quality of care in the healthcare community and on supporting the long-term sustainability of clinical practice evolution. He investigates the evolution of workflows in the inpatient, outpatient, and long-term healthcare settings based on the usage of new technology and communication strategies.

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E. George Walters III P.E. Pennsylvania State University, Erie (Behrend College)

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Dr. George Walters is an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from Penn State Harrisburg, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, both from Lehigh University. He has been a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania since 1998.

Dr. Walters worked in industry as a controls and automation engineer for eighteen years prior to joining the faculty at Behrend in 2010. Most of his experience is in the design, development, and commissioning of PLC-based control systems for the food & beverage and cement industries. He has developed and teaches a course on PLC-based control systems for engineers. He also teaches a course on advanced digital design using FPGAs, a course on embedded systems using 8- and 32-bit microcontrollers, and the two-semester capstone project sequence for electrical and computer engineers at Behrend.

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Osama T. Al Meanazel The Hashemite University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-3002-3513

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Dr. Osama T. Al Meanazel is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at The Hashemite University since September 2013. He received the B.S. in Industrial Engineering from The University of Jordan, Jordan; the M.S. in Engineering Management from Sunderland University, UK, and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton, New York, USA. Dr. Osama’s research focuses on human factors and health and safety engineer.

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Abstract

Teaching ergonomic design to undergraduate students can be challenging. One effective strategy for teaching ergonomic design is to incorporate the conceptual, technical, and procedural foundations of ergonomics into the design of products. In this paper, we discuss the integration of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Digital Human Modeling (DHM) to improve the understanding of ergonomic principles among undergraduate students. The curriculum of two undergraduate courses, Product Design and Work Design, were revised to include a course project that combines concepts from both courses to assess students’ knowledge of ergonomic design. The Product Design course focuses on the principles required for designing a product and developing the specifications for its components. The Work Design course focuses on ergonomic analysis and design of workplace and job. Students were asked to create different CAD designs for a single-channel pipette while considering ergonomics and then evaluate the designs using DHM. The design process involves gathering of customer requirements, identifying product specifications, generating design concepts, evaluating the designs, and selecting the best design. Results show that students’ design skills can be greatly enhanced by integrating the two courses.

Aqlan, F., & Huang, Y., & Walters, E. G., & Al Meanazel, O. T. (2017, June), Enhancing Ergonomic Design Skills among Undergraduate Students by Integrating Computer Aided Design and Digital Human Modeling Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28273

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