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Excogitating A New Category Of Computer Users To Benefit Cad/Cam Industry

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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International Collaborative Efforts in Engineering Education

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8.547.1 - 8.547.8



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Mohamed Gadalla

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Kamal Shahrabi

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Session Number 2660

Excogitating a new Category of Computer Users to benefit CAD/CAM Industry

Dr. Mohamed Gadalla Kean University, Department of Technology, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, NJ 07083 Tel: 908-737-3508, E-mail:,

Abstract Job categories in computer systems particularly Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) have been classified into: users (operators) and programmers (administrators). In spite of the broad definition of such a classification, it is widely used in industry, consultant and engineering firms to describe the workforce needed to operate CAD/CAM systems.

Giving the industry a broader and deeper look, the need to excogitate a new category of computer systems users is of great importance due to many reasons; of these reasons, the rapid growth of computer systems usage, the increased demand to enhance and improve efficiency and productivity, and the need to develop the existing systems.

In this paper a preliminary investigation is launched to: explore the need for the new intelligent user workforce, recognize and define the main features of this workforce individuals, and finally provide some scientific experimentations to verify that the intelligent user is an independent user category.

1. Introduction

Modern industry has been characterized with the adoption of CAD/CAM systems to automate (or partially automate) company’s design and manufacturing activities.

As a historical background, Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) was introduced in the mid 50’s by the American Air force to aid the military radar system and was accelerated by the invention of sketchpad systems by Ivan Sutherland at the early 60’s [5]. Initially the R&D costs for CAD/CAM systems were very high and requires high investment cost. It also required extensive training and sophisticated hardware and software that were not available for small companies. By the end of the 1970’s and beginning of 1980’s many companies started to realize the importance of the CAD/CAM systems to the future of their companies. Tremendous effort

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Gadalla, M., & Shahrabi, K. (2003, June), Excogitating A New Category Of Computer Users To Benefit Cad/Cam Industry Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11582

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