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Facilitating Additive Manufacturing Engagement and Outreach

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Integrating Curriculum and Labs in ET Programs

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Engineering Technology

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26.749.1 - 26.749.13



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Ranjeet Agarwala East Carolina University

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Ranjeet Agarwala serves as a Teaching Instructor in the Department of Technology Systems at East Carolina University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1997 from Bangalore University and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2000. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2014. He has about 15 years of university teaching, industry, and industry consulting experience. Since 2001 he has taught courses in Engineering Graphics, 3D Printing, GD&T, Electro-Mechanical Systems, Statics and Dynamics, Thermal and Fluid Systems, Controls and Engineering Measurements. His research interests are in the area of advanced manufacturing, exploration of 3D Printing as an innovation, engagement, and outreach tool, applications of 3D printing in multi-disciplinary areas such as healthcare and robotics, and in the renewable energy sector. He is married with two daughters and lives in the state of North Carolina.

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Robert A. Chin East Carolina University

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Robert A. ”Bob” Chin is a full professor in the Department of Technology Systems, College of Engineering and Technology, East Carolina University, where he has taught since 1986. He is the current director of publications for the Engineering Design Graphics Division and the editor for the Engineering Design Graphics Journal. Chin has also served as the Engineering Design Graphics Division’s annual and mid-year conference program chair, and he has served as a review board member for several journals including the EDGJ. He has been a program chair for the Southeastern Section and has served as the Engineering Design Graphics Division’s vice chair and chair and as the Instructional Unit’s secretary, vice chair, and chair. His ongoing involvement with ASEE focuses primarily on annual conference paper presentation themes associated with the Engineering Design Graphics, the Engineering Technology, and the New Engineering Educators Divisions and their education and instructional agendas.

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Facilitating Additive Manufacturing Engagement and OutreachIn addition to delivering instruction on the technical dimensions of additive manufacturing,engineering technology can, and some say must play a role in delivering instruction on additivemanufacturing’s role in stimulating economic development, regional transformation, anddomestic competitiveness. That is, the technology must be brought out of the lab and madeaccessible to those who have or can potentially have a role to play in the political and economicprocess. In the spring of 2014, an initiative was launched to improve accessibility to additivemanufacturing. The engagement and outreach efforts not only focused on internal outreach topromote awareness within a general population but also to the general public. An additivemanufacturing workshop was completed by selected member of a general population during thesummer. Over the course of time, those who completed the workshop became advocates onbehalf of the technology. Those advocates continue to be monitored with respect to their impacton their engagement and outreach efforts as they relate to additive manufacturing. In the fall of2014, industrial grade additive manufacturing equipment was deployed to a more public facilityand one in which members of the community would have greater access to the technology. Inaddition, personnel, including students, staff, and lay faculty, were trained on the equipment andtechnology. In response, as additional advocates are trained and then educated, their impact willcontinue to be monitored and additional engagement and outreach initiatives deployed. Atpresent, key is the sustainability of the engagement and outreach initiatives. That is how canthese engagement and outreach initiatives be developed further and matured ecologically,economically, politically, and culturally. The literature is rich with models that can be deployed.These models include initiatives that pair up selected advocates and other personnel withexternal constituents from industry, innovation hubs, non-profits, and academic institutions. Thisinitiative is also exploring opportunities to deploy additive manufacturing “vending machines” aspart of greater community engagement model for stimulating economic development, regionaltransformation, and domestic competitiveness.

Agarwala, R., & Chin, R. A. (2015, June), Facilitating Additive Manufacturing Engagement and Outreach Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24086

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