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Enhancing Undergraduate Engineering Education of Lean Methods using Simulation Learning Modules within a Virtual Environment

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

IE Technical Session I

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Industrial Engineering

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22.628.1 - 22.628.12



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Elizabeth A. Cudney Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Dr. Elizabeth Cudney is an Assistant Professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University, Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration from the University of Hartford, and her doctorate in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri, Rolla. In 2010, Dr. Cudney was inducted into the ASQ International Academy for Quality. She received the 2008 ASQ A.V. Feigenbaum Medal and the 2006 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineering Award. She is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, Manager of Quality/Operational Excellence, and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. She is a member of the ASEM, ASME, ASQ, IIE, SAE, and the Japan Quality Engineering Society (JQES).

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Steven Michael Corns Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Jennifer A. Farris Texas Tech University


Stephen Gent South Dakota State University

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Stephen Gent is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at South Dakota State University. While at SDSU, Stephen has been working to establish a research program that utilizes high-fidelity simulation models for thermo-fluids and energy systems applications. In the fall semester of 2010, Stephen developed and taught a cross-listed undergraduate and graduate level course on simulation-based modeling and design using computational fluid dynamics. Prior to being at South Dakota State University, Stephen worked with the Simulation, Modeling, and Decision Science Division at Iowa State University’s Virtual Reality Application Center. His research while at these institutions included modeling complex multiphase fluid flows and systems of models to optimize engineering designs of energy systems. Stephen has been a coordinating instructor for undergraduate engineering laboratories, including fluid mechanics and heat transfer laboratories. Also, Stephen is actively involved with the ASEE and has earned several awards for excellence in teaching.

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Scott E. Grasman Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Ivan G. Guardiola Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Enhancing Undergraduate Engineering Education of Lean Methods using Simulation Learning Modules within a Virtual EnvironmentThe paper highlights the use of an integrated user-centered virtual learning environmentthrough extensible simulation learning modules that was developed to enhanceundergraduate curricula to meet the industrial needs for engineers with education in lean.The purpose of the research is to address these expectations by developing curricula thatincorporate lean simulation models into various Engineering Management, IndustrialEngineering, and Mechanical Engineering courses at Missouri S&T, Texas Tech, andSouth Dakota State, respectively. This virtual learning environment enhancesundergraduate engineering education by utilizing technology as a learning tool in lean, byfostering student development through active learning in the classroom, and throughprojects based on current real-world challenges, thus improving student learning,motivation, and retention.In recent years, increasing global competition, rapidly changing technology, and a deficitof U.S. engineering graduates have intensified the need to produce graduating engineerswho are effective problem solvers and analytical thinkers, and who can also collaborateon interdisciplinary teams to address complex, real-world systems. A key area ofcompetence for many engineering undergraduate, as well as graduate, disciplines is theapplication of structured problem solving methods, e.g., lean, to improve the performanceof organizational processes.This virtual learning environment enhances undergraduate engineering education byutilizing technology as a learning tool in lean, by fostering student development throughactive learning in the classroom, and through projects based on current real-worldchallenges, thus improving student learning, motivation, and retention. The paperhighlights the learning modules, evaluations of the impact of the curriculum changes onstudent learning, outreach, and industrial collaboration.

Cudney, E. A., & Corns, S. M., & Farris, J. A., & Gent, S., & Grasman, S. E., & Guardiola, I. G. (2011, June), Enhancing Undergraduate Engineering Education of Lean Methods using Simulation Learning Modules within a Virtual Environment Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17909

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