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Enhancing Industrial and Systems Engineering Education through Academic-Industry Alliances

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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Engineering Management: Project Management and Partnerships

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Engineering Management

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Mark Angolia East Carolina University Orcid 16x16

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Mark Angolia, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Industrial Distribution and Logistics degree program in the College of Engineering and Technology at East Carolina University (ECU). Prior to entering academia in 2005, he held industrial positions in engineering, manufacturing, quality, materials, and operations management for manufacturing companies within the automotive supply chain. Dr. Angolia’s teaching focuses on Enterprise Resource Planning with SAP software, Distributor Sales and Branch Management, and Transportation Logistics. His research interests include improvement of supply chain efficiency through the application of technology and best practices for logistics and inventory management. Dr. Angolia is highly engaged with regional and national companies in recruiting students from ECU for both internships and full time positions. In addition to a PhD from Indiana State, he holds a Master of Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and professional certifications of CPIM and CSCP from APICS, The Association for Operations Management, and a PMP from the Project Management Institute. Dr. Angolia also conducts consulting projects and professional development seminars for local industry on topics including forecasting, inventory control, production planning, project management, transportation logistics, procurement, and supply chain management.

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Leslie Pagliari East Carolina University

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Dr. Leslie Pagliari serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering and Technology and Associate Professor in the Department of Technology Systems. Her research interests center on STEM initiatives, leadership, global supply chain issues, and new technologies in the distribution and logistics sector. She was one of three professors in the United States recognized in an Inbound Logistics Article featuring leading professors in today’s supply chain curriculum.

She has worked with a team of colleagues throughout other colleges at East Carolina University to plan a STEM initiative for 8th grade girls. This initiative helps bring more than 100 Pitt County girls to campus to engage them in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. She has also worked with ECU’s Global Academic Initiatives to collaborate with other institutions throughout the world.

In addition, Dr. Pagliari collaborates with many external organizations. She is past president of APICS (Association of Operations Management) and past Education Chair for the CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals). She also served as a board member for the Museum of the Marine in Jacksonville, NC and the Eastern Carolina Safety and Health School. She continues to serves on multiple organizations with the University, College, and Department. Dr. Pagliari was selected and completed the BRIDGES Academic Leadership for Women hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill and was recently nominated for the Women of Distinction award at East Carolina University.

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Industrial and System Engineers (ISE) utilize a wide breadth of knowledge and problem solving skills to engage people, technology, and organizations with the goal of understanding a system to improve performance. Since an efficient supply chain is critical to business success, ISE curriculum typically includes supply chain management concepts to effectively prepare students to work within manufacturing operations. At the heart of a manufacturing supply chain are production, distribution, and logistics systems, which are thus integral parts of supply chain management education. Typical textbook approaches employ situational analysis and chapter problems to convey mathematical models and heuristics. However, case studies and simulation methods are preferred approaches to enhance learning, problems solving, teamwork, and foster concept retention.

This paper will introduce the SAP University Alliance (UA) as a key strategic academic-industry collaboration partner with a global support system and pedagogy to teach supply chain management through case studies and simulations. The SAP UA has more than 2,300 member institutions in over 89 countries, promoting practical and future-oriented education while providing access to the latest SAP technologies. Case studies integrating SAP enterprise management software provide hands-on experience, conceptual development, and an understanding of key business process often impacted by engineering initiatives. A manufacturing simulation is also used to engage students in key supply chain management concepts including demand planning, production planning, materials requirement planning, bill of materials management, and managerial accounting. The simulation operates a manufacturing company in a commercial software environment, and requires teamwork and coordination of effort vital to good systems engineering.

The paper will detail the resources needed by a University to engage with the UA, the curricula and simulations available, training methods, and start up plans. An undergraduate course framework designed to provide a comprehensive pedagogy for supply chain management concepts within an engineering discipline is also provided.

Angolia, M., & Pagliari, L. (2016, June), Enhancing Industrial and Systems Engineering Education through Academic-Industry Alliances Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26698

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