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Identifying and Sharing Best Practices in International Higher Education Makerspaces

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2017 ASEE International Forum


Columbus , Ohio

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June 28, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Vincent Wilczynski Yale University

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Vincent Wilczynski is the Deputy Dean of the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science and the James S. Tyler Director of the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation & Design. As the Deputy Dean, he helps plan and implement all academic initiatives at the School. In addition, he manages the School's teaching and research resources and facilities. As the James S. Tyler Director of the Center for Engineering Innovation & Design he leads the School’s efforts to promote collaboration, creativity, design and manufacturing activities at Yale’s academic makerspace. His professional interests in Mechanical Engineering are in the areas of data acquisition/analysis and mechanical design. He is the Co-Chair of the Executive Advisory Board of the FIRST Foundation and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. Previously, he was the Dean of Engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and has had fellowships at the MIT Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, the Harvard School of Public Health and with the American Council on Education. He has also served as the Vice President of Public Awareness for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was the 2001 Baccalaureate College Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation, the only national award that recognizes outstanding college teaching.

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Malcolm N Cooke Case Western Reserve University

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Malcolm Cooke has over 35 years’ combined experience in academia both in England and for the last 21 years in the US. For most of this time he has focused on design, and advanced manufacturing, and for the last 25 years his manufacturing focus has been in the growing field of additive manufacturing.

Malcolm received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Coventry University, his Master of Science degree from Warwick University, both located in England, and his Ph.D. (2004) from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio. Malcolm has been a faculty member at CWRU for 16 years.

Malcolm is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Case Western Reserve University and the Executive Director of the Sears think[box]. Sears think[box] is CWRU’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, located in the Richey Mixon Building which is a 7-floor, 50,000 sq. ft. facility located on the edge of the campus. Malcolm and his team regularly consult on the design, management and operation of ‘Makerspaces’, and to date this is approximately 200 academic institutions and other organizations.

Malcolm’s research interests are focused on applying additive manufacturing technologies to address biomedical challenges, and in particular the design and manufacture of biocompatible, biodegradable implantable porous scaffolds for the repair of hard and soft tissue defects. Also Malcolm collaborates with local surgeons to provide 3D printed anatomical models from patient CT and MRI data that are used for resident training, patient communication and research-based surgical planning.

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Academic makerspaces are being added to college and university campuses around the world. While this trend began in the United States, it has rapidly spread internationally with a growing number of higher education institutions adding these facilities to create communities where participants learn, fabricate, and share knowledge. As more institutions add these spaces to their infrastructure, there is a greater need to identify and share best practices in this growing field of engineering education. As one example, the 1st International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces was held in Cambridge, Massachusetts in November, 2016 and drew 300 participants from 115 universities, 20 companies, and 6 continents. The symposium included 19 sessions of papers and workshops with presenters from Austria, Brazil, Bolivia, China, Canada, Guatemala, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, South Korea, and the United States. This paper details the history of the collaboration that created and delivered this inaugural symposium. In this paper, the symposium’s international papers are reviewed to identify common practices in, and challenges for, international academic makerspace. Finally, additional plans to share best practices in international higher education makerspaces are presented.

Wilczynski, V., & Cooke, M. N. (2017, June), Identifying and Sharing Best Practices in International Higher Education Makerspaces Paper presented at 2017 ASEE International Forum, Columbus , Ohio.

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