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Integrated Dfma And Manufacturing Management For Engineers

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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10.777.1 - 10.777.7



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Thomas Kicher

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Frank Adamo

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Dale Flowers

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Integrated DFMA and Manufacturing Management for Engineers A. Dale Flowers, Frank Adamo, Thomas P. Kicher Case Western Reserve University/Ford Motor Company/ Case Western Reserve University/ The Institute for Management and Engineering Case Western Reserve University 302 Nord Hall, 10900 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44106

The purpose of this paper is to describe an integrated engineering and management course that engineers take in the Master of Engineering and Management Degree program pioneered at Case Western Reserve University. In the first section of the paper, we will provide background about the degree program to provide the context for the specific course to be described in the following sections. In the second section of the paper, we describe the engineering part of the course, the Design for Manufacturing and Assembly component. Then we describe the Manufacturing Management component of the course, with special emphasis on how it integrates with the engineering component.

Background on the degree program

The Case School of Engineering, in partnership with the Weatherhead School of Management, launched a new Master of Engineering and Management (MEM) degree program in 2001. This unique program combines the engineering and management disciplines. The program was developed in consultation with more than 50 major companies nationwide, including more than 150 engineers from those participating companies. The input from the companies indicated that industry needs engineers with not only a solid foundation in engineering but also additional knowledge and skills in management and business.

After extensive competitive benchmarking with many of the leading programs in the country that were joint business and engineering programs, we decided to take a different approach. Virtually all other programs take advantage of existing business and engineering courses and double count them in such a way that the student earns two degrees (an M.S. in engineering and an M.B.A. in business, for example) in less time in the joint program than would be required if the student completed the programs one at a time. This means engineering courses are taught by engineering faculty, and business courses by business faculty. Thus, in these other programs, it is left up to the student to integrate the subject matter between the two degrees.

Our new approach was to design, develop, and deliver an integrated learning experience wherever the input from our corporate partners suggested that was preferable. This meant that a faculty team consisting of engineering and business faculty would work together to design an integrated learning component (course) for the program, as evidenced by the drafting of a syllabus. All of the faculty involved in developing the program would review and comment on this syllabus until it was formally approved by the team. Then the faculty designers would Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Kicher, T., & Adamo, F., & Flowers, D. (2005, June), Integrated Dfma And Manufacturing Management For Engineers Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15005

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