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Hands-On Manufacturing Engineering Education: An Analytical Study

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Design Education II

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22.767.1 - 22.767.11



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Sabah Razouk Abro Laurence Tecnological University, Department of Engineering Tecnology

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Dr. Sabah Abro is an internationally educated math professor and program Director at Lawrence Technological University. He graduated with a Bachelor degree from the University of Baghdad, pursued a post graduate diploma in planning from the United Nations institute in the middle east, Went to Wales in the United kingdom to get his Masters degree and then to Belgium for his Ph.D. He has also international work experience; he served as Faculty at Al Mustansiria University in Baghdad, a regional consultant at the Arab Institute for Statistics, a position that enabled him to lecture in a number Arab countries.
In Jordan, he served as the Chairman of the Math and Computer Science department at Al-Isra University. In the United States, he worked as an adjunct faculty at Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland Community College. He held a position of the Math program leader at Focus: HOPE for several years.
Sabah has been involved in engineering education paradigms since 1996, he coordinated work with university partners to develop new curriculum in engineering education with a support of NSF grant. Dr. Abro has work as a consultant in six sigma training and certification where he was exposed to manufacturing facilities and their practices. He has many publications related to education and statistics. He is a member of several professional organizations like the American Mathematical Society.
Sabah has participated in 2010 in AESS conference with a paper jointly with Ken Cook.

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Jerry Cuper Lawrence Technological University

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Jerry Cuper is a Professor and advisor in the Department of Engineering Technology in the College of Engineering. His education includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, and completion of a technology apprenticeship program. Mr. Cuper’s career has spanned a wealth of experience in the machine shop, on the drawing board, in construction, and many years in engineering design, testing and development, management, and planning. Most of his career was with the Ford Motor Company. Mr. Cuper’s last assignment was managing the Ford Technology Review Center to help implement suppliers’ new technologies. He developed and led the implementation of a new supplier process to dramatically change the way supplier technologies were integrated into Ford products. This supported Ford’s vision to change from being a fast follower to being a leader in technology. Mr. Cuper developed the first-production automotive application of Graphite Fiber Reinforced Plastic; this bracket was given the Materials Engineering “Award of Merit.” Cuper has taught courses in engineering and business at Lawrence Tech evening programs as an adjunct instructor since 1978. He has demonstrated the ability to work extremely well with students to focus their efforts on academic achievement and long-term career goals. Mr. Cuper’s passion is muscle cars. He has owned 20 Mustangs over the years, starting with the 1965 2+2 Fastback and now has a 2010 GT convertible.

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Hand on manufacturing Engineering, An analytical studyA new paradigm in manufacturing engineering education was born as a result of long and diversemeetings and discussion between five academic educational institutes and five new industrial partnersin Michigan. In 1993 the above mentioned entities came out join in the Greenfield coalition for newmanufacturing engineering education. The Coalition was one of several coalitions through out theNation sponsored by a good grant from NSFThe objective was to help training and educating our students to be the “renaissance Engineers”.To reach that very challenging objectives, the Greenfield coalition started building the new paradigm ina non classical academic approach.The paradigm consisted of two avenues: • The Academic Curriculum. • The Hands on Program.The curriculum was structured in a reverse order process were the skills of the graduate weredetermined through a series of meeting between educators ( the university partners) and the costumers( the Industrial partners). Once the skills were agreed upon, knowledge areas were identifies which ledto choose the courses needed to serve the goal.The hands on program was very rigorously designed to help students acquire the best possibleexperience in real world manufacturing. All students in the program worked 40 hours a week in the CATa state of the art factory which manufactured parts for the industrial partners. Each student have tofollow a comprehensive rotation plan that will expose him or her to various department from shippingand receiving through engineering.Teaching by objective was a theme that was used in development of cources. These objective werereflected in the design of the syllabi of the courses and were served through well defined outlines.Just in time math and science notion and self paced learning were introduced in these programs to helpinterrelations between engineering courses and the math and science prerequisites.The nontraditional approach to education was borrowed by some universities, were self paced and oneroom math schoolhouse type of classes were introduced.The programs curry a lot of challenges and open many roots for success for students, yet theadministrative challenges were also considerable.The experience proved that the collaboration between Academic institutions and industrial partnerscould work for the benefit of both and above all for the students benefits.Coordination of work among different academic institutes was one of the biggest challenges. Eachinstitution would be part of the degree offered by other institution which created many problems, yet itopened a door for possible improvement of inter academic institution relations.

Abro, S. R., & Cuper, J. (2011, June), Hands-On Manufacturing Engineering Education: An Analytical Study Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18048

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