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Innovation In Information Based Manufacturing Engineering Education

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Information Integration and Security

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9.736.1 - 9.736.17

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J. Cecil

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Session 1658

Innovation in Information Based Manufacturing Engineering Education

Dr. J. Cecil Industrial Engineering New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM 88011

1. Introduction

This paper discusses curriculum innovation in an emerging area of engineering, which can be described as ‘Information Based Manufacturing Engineering’ (INBM). The key curriculum and research activities outlined in this paper are part of continuing efforts in the department of industrial engineering at New Mexico State University (NMSU) to develop a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate curriculum in INBM.

In today’s evolving global manufacturing environment, there is a need to educate engineering students in emerging Information Technology (IT) concepts and technologies, which are revolutionizing product development practices. The emergence of the Internet as a powerful communication vehicle has catalyzed the adoption of virtual engineering methods, which in turn have enabled organizations to become more agile. In this context, engineering students need to be knowledgeable in topics such as information modeling, distributed manufacturing and Internet based engineering. At New Mexico State University, several course modules dealing with these subjects have been introduced at the undergraduate senior and graduate levels (for mechanical, manufacturing and industrial engineering students).

The term ‘Information Based Manufacturing’ (or INBM) broadly refers to the Information Technology based principles, modeling approaches and computing frameworks, which are enabling the creation and deployment of global virtual manufacturing enterprises. INBM recognizes the substantial impact that information (and its seamless exchange) has on the accomplishment of manufacturing activities (especially in a Virtual Enterprise oriented context). Today, the role of information in a manufacturing enterprise has changed dramatically: information is recognized as a powerful entity, which drives the accomplishment of manufacturing activities and integrates various life-cycle activities. This information-centric perspective of manufacturing has its origins in the Integrated Computer Aided Manufacturing (ICAM) program of the US Air Force, D. Ross’s Structured Analysis and Design Technique Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering

Cecil, J. (2004, June), Innovation In Information Based Manufacturing Engineering Education Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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