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Experiential Learning For Industrial Engineering Curriculum

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Reforming the Industrial Engineering Curriculum

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Industrial Engineering

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

11.619.1 - 11.619.8

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https://peer.asee.org/1451

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Sandra Furterer University of Central Florida

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Sandra L. Furterer, Ph.D. is the Assistant Department Chair in the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems department in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Furterer’s research and teaching interests are change management related to application of Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma, as well as engineering education.

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Jessica Jenness University of Central Florida

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Jessica Jenness is an IEMS Masters student in Quality Engineering at the University of Central Florida. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Statistics from UCF. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt and a Graduate Research Assistant on the NSF grant to Reengineer the Undergraduate IE Curriculum.

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Jessica Steinberg University of Central Florida

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Jessica Steinberg is an undergraduate IE student. She has worked as an intern for Lockheed Martin in Orlando, and as is currently an Undergraduate Research Assistant on the NSF grant to Reengineer the Undergraduate IE Curriculum.

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Lesia Crumpton-Young University of Central Florida

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Lesia Crumpton-Young, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests are Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering.

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Kent Williams University of Central Florida

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Kent Williams, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department at the University of Central Florida. His research interests are Simulation and Training Systems Design and Development, and Cognitive Science.

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Luis Rabelo University of Central Florida

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Luis Rabelo, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department at the University of Central Florida. His research interests are Engineering Management and Information Technology.

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Experiential Learning Opportunities Incorporated Into an Undergraduate IE Curriculum

Sandra Furterer, Ph.D., Jessica Jenness, Jessica Steinberg Lesia Crumpton-Young, Ph.D., Kent Williams, Ph.D, Luis Rabelo, Ph.D.

University of Central Florida 4000 Central Florida Blvd. P.O. Box 162993 Orlando, FL 32816-2993 furterer@mail.ucf.edu

Abstract The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems with its Industrial Advisory board has embarked upon a multi-year effort to reengineer the undergraduate Industrial Engineering program. With the onset of more service industries and Information Technology firms, Industrial Engineering programs need to revise their curriculum to educate and prepare students to meet the expected workforce demands resulting from the shift of traditional manufacturing industries to non-traditional industrial sectors, and to incorporate additional emerging topics in the field. A critical part of this research project was to obtain the voice of the customers, industry and academia, that employ and receive our graduates once they successfully complete our undergraduate IE curriculum. The customers, through a series of surveys applied within a multi-round Delphi study, defined the desired characteristics that the graduates should have when they graduate, as well as emerging topics that should be incorporated into the curriculum. Important desired characteristics included adaptable problem solving skills, creative and critical thinking, teamwork skills, decision making skills, project management and leadership awareness. One important way to help our undergraduates attain these desired characteristics is through incorporating experiential learning opportunities into the curriculum. This paper describes our approach for incorporating experiential learning opportunities into the undergrad IE curriculum. It discusses the courses, timing of the experiences, and the components of the experiences that provide application of the course materials in project-based problem solving that enhance the students’ critical thinking and adaptive problem solving skills.

Introduction:

The Industrial Engineering and Management Systems (IEMS) department in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida has incorporated several experiential learning opportunities into their curriculum. The goal of incorporating experiential learning opportunities is to provide real-world experience, projects, cases and applications to IEMS students prior to their obtaining their degrees. This will help to smooth the students’ transition to career positions after graduation.

Opportunities currently in place include senior design projects, Six Sigma projects, internships,

Furterer, S., & Jenness, J., & Steinberg, J., & Crumpton-Young, L., & Williams, K., & Rabelo, L. (2006, June), Experiential Learning For Industrial Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/1451

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