Asee peer logo

Impact of an Updated Robotics Laboratory in an Industrial Engineering Program

Download Paper |

Conference

2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Technology and Equipment to Improve IE Instruction

Tagged Divisions

Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering

Page Count

13

Page Numbers

25.715.1 - 25.715.13

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/21472

Download Count

28

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Richard A. Pitts Jr. Morgan State University

visit author page

Richard Pitts, Jr. is currently an Associate Professor in the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department at Morgan State University (MSU). He received his B.S.I.E. degree from MSU in 1991. Later, he received both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial engineering from yhe Pennsylvania State University in 1995 and 2006, respectively.

visit author page

Download Paper |

Abstract

Impact of an Updated Robotics Laboratory in an Industrial Engineering ProgramAbstractRobotics is the study of the design, manufacture and application of robots used in a variety ofexisting systems or systems to be created. The impact and benefits of robotics in education at alllevels have been documented by many researchers and educators all across the country, as wellas, the world. Several universities have developed robotics programs which provide uniqueopportunities for students to learn about robotic systems through coursework and conduct high-level research. When these courses are combined with hands-on laboratory modules, roboticsprovides a means for student to utilize their analytical skills learned in other Science,Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses to solve real-world problems in the areas oftransportation, scheduling, manufacturing, logistics, and many others.With a Course, Curriculum and Lab Improvement (CCLI) grant project sponsored by theNational Science Foundation from 2009 - 2011, an updated Industrial Robotics and AutomatedManufacturing (IRAM) laboratory was developed. Utilizing this newly updated laboratory at XUniversity, students are now able to use modern equipment within a set of courses specificallydesigned around the facility. These courses are in the areas of advanced material handlingsystems, robotics and automation, computer-aided manufacturing, and flexible manufacturingsystems. The integration of these courses with a hands-on laboratory approach into the IndustrialEngineering undergraduate curriculum allows the student population to get a new and innovativetype of training and preparation for the engineering workforce, and to strengthen it throughincreased awareness in learning how to use robotic-related software to model systems. Inaddition, students can determine solutions for various manufacturing and service scenarios and toengage in realistic applications of manufacturing systems through the new lab modules.The CCLI project has had a significant and broad impact as the engineering students haveparticipated in these courses and the results show that the students have gained much from them.The number of under-represented students (women and minorities) has been increased due to theinterest from successfully completing the courses which utilize the IRAM lab, as well as thenumber and readiness of engineering students entering into graduate programs and engineeringworld.

Pitts, R. A. (2012, June), Impact of an Updated Robotics Laboratory in an Industrial Engineering Program Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21472

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2012 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015