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Ime, Inc. A New Course For Integrating Design, Manufacturing, And Production Into The Engineering Curriculum

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.548.1 - 6.548.15



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Sanjay Joshi

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Richard Wysk

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D.J. Medeiros

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Amine Lehtihet

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Timothy Simpson

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Session 3266

IME, Inc. – A New Course for Integrating Design, Manufacturing, and Production into the Engineering Curriculum

Timothy W. Simpson, D. J. Medeiros, Sanjay Joshi, Amine Lehtihet, Richard A. Wysk The Pennsylvania State University


IME, Inc. is a new two-semester undergraduate course in which multidisciplinary student teams first design and prototype new products, and then produce them in volume. The objective in the course is to provide students with manufacturing and production experiences analogous to those obtained by an English student working on a student-run newspaper. The course integrates the traditional capstone design experience with hands-on experience in volume production and manufacturing; students must consider all aspects of manufacturing – including process planning, tooling, assembly, outsourcing, and final costs – so that they can produce approximately 100 units using the new Factory for Advanced Manufacturing Education. The course also focuses on creating an environment that promotes self-directed learning, problem solving, teamwork, project planning, communication, and presentation skills. Assessment strategies for evaluating team performance and the impact on students’ learning readiness are discussed. In particular, design notebooks and frequent design reviews are used throughout the course to monitor progress during design and production as well as evaluate team performance. Finally, plans for using IME, Inc. as a “living factory” and involving students from other majors (e.g., business and information technology) are also discussed.

I. Introduction and Motivation

English majors can run their own newspaper, communication majors can produce their own television or radio shows, and business majors can create their own business plans, but where can engineering students, interested in design and manufacture, design and produce their own products? Co-op is one possibility, but exposure to the intricacies of the product realization process is limited at best and non-existent at worst when spending so little time in industry. Senior capstone design courses and student projects like SAE Formula Car or Hybrid Electric Vehicle have been created to provide engineering students with “real world” and “hands-on” design experiences. For instance, Shah, et al.1 describe a virtual corporation designed to simulate real world collaborative design and build a product from scratch. Similarly, the Learning Factories at Penn State, University of Washington, and University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez were developed to integrate design and manufacturing into the engineering curriculum as part of the Manufacturing Engineering Education Partnership.2 The product being realized in facilities like these and in student design projects, however, is often only a prototype. Rarely will students

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Joshi, S., & Wysk, R., & Medeiros, D., & Lehtihet, A., & Simpson, T. (2001, June), Ime, Inc. A New Course For Integrating Design, Manufacturing, And Production Into The Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9339

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