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Innovative Baccalaureate Degree Program in Advanced Manufacturing Sciences

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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Multidisciplinary Engineering Programs

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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Robert M. Park Metropolitan State University of Denver

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Dr. Robert Park is the Lockheed Martin Endowed Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute at MSU Denver. He previously held executive and management positions at manufacturing companies and was a tenured professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Florida. He has published over 70 peer reviewed papers and has received over $2M in sponsored research support.

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Ananda Mani Paudel Metropolitan State University of Denver Orcid 16x16

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Ananda Mani Paudel is Assistant Professor of Engineering at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He was formerly on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He has a B.S in mechanical engineering from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, a M.S. in Mechatronics from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea, and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Western Michigan University.

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A nationally unique B.S. degree program in Advanced Manufacturing Sciences (AMS) has been designed and implemented at MSU Denver under the auspices of a newly created Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute (AMSI). The goal of the new AMS degree program is to educate the next generation of manufacturing professionals who will be in high-demand by regional and statewide manufacturing companies, as well as by manufacturers nationally and internationally. Exposing students to the production-grade, state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and materials that are driving advanced manufacturing in the U.S. and around the world, in both the additive and subtractive manufacturing areas, lies at the heart of the program. In addition to a focus on technical skills development, the new program emphasizes soft skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, leadership and communication, which represent skills that are in high demand by the industry partners of the program. In addition, cyber risk and manufacturing data protection issues are integrated into the curriculum in order to expose AMS degree students to system vulnerabilities on the manufacturing side. In an exciting time of cloud computing, rapid developments in additive manufacturing, robotics and the Industrial Internet of Things, it is vital, with respect to U.S. manufacturing, that we produce graduates well prepared to fill the professional manufacturing jobs of the future.

The multidisciplinary nature of the degree program is highlighted in the paper, as are the program’s core competencies and skill set development emphases. In addition, the various industry partnerships formed to-date under the AMSI umbrella, with a view to supporting the degree program in a sustainable fashion, are highlighted.

Park, R. M., & Paudel, A. M. (2019, June), Innovative Baccalaureate Degree Program in Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32966

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