June 23, 2013
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Continuing Professional Development
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Faculty Development Through Industrial InternshipThis paper chronicles the experiences gained and lessons learnt in completing an industrialinternship. As a key emphasis of the first author’s faculty developmental leave, the industrialinternship was undergone in a globally competing U.S. semiconductor equipment manufacturingcompany in central Texas. Engineering and engineering technology are practice orienteddisciplines in which both technical knowledge and business practices tend to rapidly changeleading to obsolescence in the knowledge base of an academician. Industrial internships willhelp to remedy the situation.The author served with the industrial engineering (IE) division of the aforementioned companyover a period of two and half months. During this period, the author participated in all IE staffmeetings and worked as the resident “IE” on two, week long projects in which leanmanufacturing techniques were deployed to improve key production related metrics. Duringthese projects the author got to work with multiple professionals within the company andexternal management consultants and thereby obtained the equivalent of a crash course on theimplementation of lean manufacturing. These experiences facilitated the development of a newcourse on lean manufacturing at _____ university and to the timely updating of technologycurriculum. In addition to discussing the experiences, the authors (two of which are from thecompany) discuss some of the lessons learnt in implementing a first such faculty internship in thecompany and offer hints on how best some of challenges that were encountered may be obviated.
Sriraman, V., & Wheatley, W. W., & Little, V. A. (2013, June), Faculty Development Through Industrial Internship Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19607
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