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Faculty Development Through Industrial Internship

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Distance Education and Engineering Workforce Professional Development

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Continuing Professional Development

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23.593.1 - 23.593.10



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Vedaraman Sriraman Texas State University, San Marcos

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Vedaraman Sriraman is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology at Texas State University-
San Marcos. In the past, he has served as the Manufacturing Engineering program coordinator, Chair of the Department of Engineering Technology and Assistant Dean in the College of Science at Texas State University. He has received several gramts form the NSF and SME-EF to initiate new curriculum and laboratories. Dr. Sriraman has received several teaching awards and has served as the faculty advisor to the student chapters of SME, SWE and AFS.

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Wayne W. Wheatley

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Engineering Director at Applied Materials

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Valerie Ann Little

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Ms. Little currently holds the position of Industrial Engineering Manager for Applied Materials with responsibility for manufacturing and logistics space planning, tooling development and factory layout and design. She received a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Engineering from the University of Texas – Permian Basin. She is currently working towards Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification through Purdue University Engineering Professional Development programs.

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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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