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Enhancing Students Learning through MILL Concept

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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Engineering Technology Curriculum Issues

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Engineering Technology

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25.573.1 - 25.573.14



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MD B. Sarder University of Southern Mississippi

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MD Sarder is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Industrial Engineering Technology program at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). He is also an Associate Director of the Center for Logistics, Trade, and Transportation. At the USM, he revamped his program by developing as many as 14 new courses, implementing hands-on experience in courses, and delivering online courses for distant students. Sarder is very active in engineering and technology education research. He has published a book and more than 50 articles in various areas of industrial engineering. He is involved with editorial and professional society activities, including ASEE. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Logistics & Transportation Research.

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Shahdad Naghshpour University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park

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Enhancing Students’ Learning in Logistics using MILL ModelThe lack of hands-on experiences in specific engineering processes has been identified as one of themajor competency gaps in engineering & technology education. Manufacturing Integrated LearningLaboratory (MILL) concept, developed by the Wayne State University, is designed to improvestudents’ learning. The core of the MILL concept is the use of projects spanning multiple courses tohelp students gain hands‐on experiences in design and manufacturing. It involves the coordinationof realistic hands-on activities in targeted courses around the unifying theme of designing andfabricating a functional product. These activities are suited for easy implementation in a typicaldesign and manufacturing teaching lab. Even though the MILL model was designed andimplemented in manufacturing education but can be used in other engineering and Technologydisciplines such as logistics and supply chain.The Industrial Engineering Technology (IET) program at the University of Southern Mississippi(USM) implemented the MILL approach in its curriculum. This implementation improved the waysof learning for their engineering technology students, focusing on implementing the MILL model ina series of courses that cover not only traditional manufacturing courses but also cost control andsupply chain courses. Nowadays engineering and technology graduates are performing multi-disciplinary tasks in their work place. Implementing the MILL in a multi-disciplinary area willprepare them to do the challenging job. The implementation of MILL was done in several coursesthat was proven effective for students to connect the dots of real life job environment. They aremore prepared to do the real life work immediately after their graduation. This paper will discuss thedetail of MILL implementation at the USM and its assessment of students’ learning.

Sarder, M. B., & Naghshpour, S. (2012, June), Enhancing Students Learning through MILL Concept Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21330

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