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Integrating a Product Life-Cycle Management System into a Freshman Level Classroom Environment

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Engineering Design Graphics Division Technical Session 2 - Design & Manufacturing Topics

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Engineering Design Graphics

Page Count

11

DOI

10.18260/1-2--32981

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https://www.jee.org/32981

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62

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Kevin James Del Re Purdue University

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I am a first year Masters student in Purdue's Polytechnic Institute, I am currently getting my degree in PLM.

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Soho Yun Purdue University

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I am a master's student at Purdue University Polytechnic Institute majoring in Product Lifecycle Management.

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Eric Joseph Kozikowski Indiana-Purdue University

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I am a first year graduate student at Purdue University majoring in Product Life cycle Management (PLM). I graduated with a bachelors of science in engineering technology from Illinois State University with a minor in computer systems. Currently, I work in the PLM Center at Purdue, where I focus my research on integrating new PLM systems with new manufacturing technology and emphasis on developing a digital enterprise testbed.

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Travis Fuerst Purdue University

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Travis J. Fuerst is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice with the Department of Computer Graphics Technology in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Purdue University, West Lafayette campus. He received his BS in Computer Graphics Technology in 2000, and his Master of Science in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in 2002 from Purdue University. In 2013 he earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) Before returning to Purdue in 2017 Professor Fuerst spent over 13 years working for The Boeing Company as an Engineering Workplace Coach, IT Project Manager, and Continuous Improvement Leader. He stared his career in marketing as an Applications Engineer for ENOVIA Corp. Additionally he served 21 years in the U.S. Army Reserves as both an NCO and Officer retiring in 2017 as a Major from the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) where he served as a Cyber Operation Watch Officer. Professor Fuerst is a skilled leader & project manager with experience in standing up and leading cross-functional teams, accurately analyzing risk, identifying available resources, determining acceptable courses of actions, and applying lean manufacturing principles & practices in all elements of the business to achieve the goals of leadership. His in depth experience with PLM, Project Management, Continuous Improvement and Leadership filters into his instruction style where he is educating and mentoring industry professionals, undergraduate and graduate students.

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Jorge D. Camba Purdue University

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Jorge D. Camba is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

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Abstract

This paper explores the implementation of a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system in an academic scenario similar to the way it is used in industry. The goal is to familiarize students with the specific workflows and processes associated with these systems, so they can be better prepared for their future roles within industry. Students in the Virtual Project Integration (VPI) major in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University become skilled at using standalone Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and receive basic instruction in the concepts PLM and the Digital Thread. However, they are not sufficiently exposed to CAD in the context of PLM. Consequently, when VPI students enter the workforce in the form of internships or full-time employment, their limited knowledge of and lack of experience with PLM systems are not sufficient to be able to effectively work within the context of one. To address this issue, we will use Aras Innovator, a highly customizable open-source web-based PLM system, to administrate a freshman level CAD course at Purdue University. Nearly everything that the course involves (e.g., weekly course content, assignment submissions and group projects) is managed through Aras Innovator instead of Blackboard Learn, Purdue’s standard web-based Learning Management System (LMS). Through the PLM environment, students will be introduced to predesigned workflows used for releasing parts, revision management, and question submission through collaboration tools. Implementation of the system is being performed gradually and still ongoing. The success of the project will be determined by how well the students are able to learn, navigate and utilize the PLM system to complete their course work. This will be reported by the student’s achievement in the class as well as feedback from the students themselves. We aim to integrate an industry level PLM system into an academic environment which can better prepare students for their future careers than current strategies that do not actively use PLM systems. Our system could be the basis of a new way to teach PLM that will allow students to consistently interact with workflows, experience part release and revision creating in a PLM environment, and gain experience using these key industry tasks.

Del Re, K. J., & Yun, S., & Kozikowski, E. J., & Fuerst, T., & Camba, J. D. (2019, June), Integrating a Product Life-Cycle Management System into a Freshman Level Classroom Environment Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32981

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