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Integrating Industry Projects into a Manufacturing Systems Course

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Strategies for Effective Education in Manufacturing

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Faisal Aqlan Pennsylvania State University, Behrend College Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Faisal Aqlan is an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Penn State Behrend. He earned the B.S. and M.S. in industrial engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2007 and 2010, respectively and the Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at Behrend, Dr. Aqlan was a faculty member in industrial and system engineering at the University of New Haven where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. Aqlan has also worked on industry projects with Innovation Associates Company and IBM Corporation. His work has resulted in both business value and intellectual property. He has published several papers in reputed journals and conferences. Dr. Aqlan is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and has received numerous awards and honors including the IBM Vice President award for innovation excellence.

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Omar Ashour Pennsylvania State University, Behrend College Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Omar Ashour is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College, Erie, PA. He earned his MEng in Industrial Engineering/Ergonomics and Human Factors and PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Pennsylvania State University in 2010 and 2012, respectively. He earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering/Design and Manufacturing and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Dr. Ashour is the first recipient of William and Wendy Korb Early Career Professorships in Industrial Engineering at Penn State Behrend. His research interest mainly includes process improvement, modeling and simulation, and decision making modeling of manufacturing and healthcare systems. He is a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), Jordanian Engineering Association (JEA), and Society of Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM). Currently, Dr. Ashour serves as a co-Chair for the Modeling and Simulation track in the 2016 IISE Annual Conference and Expo, a chair for the Sustainable Manufacturing track in the 2016 Detroit IEOM conference, a Director of the IISE Logistic and Supply Chain division, and a Director of the IISE Engineering Economy division.

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Keegan O'Bannon Urick Ductile Solutions

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Keegan O’Bannon is the sales and product manager for Urick Foundry in Erie, PA. He earned his BS in Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing from California State University, Fresno, CA and his MBA from Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College, Erie, PA. He has worked in the foundry industry for 20 years as a toolmaker, and has managed several departments including the tool shop, R&D, production, product, quality and sales.

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In order to fill the existing skills gap in U.S. manufacturing, effective teaching techniques of manufacturing courses should be considered by academic institutions. Hands-on experiments and real life projects can be incorporated into the curriculums in order to produce new graduates with adequate knowledge of manufacturing skills. In this paper, we discuss project-based learning in an undergraduate manufacturing systems course. The course includes lectures, labs and industry projects. The lectures provide students with theoretical and technical content on manufacturing systems. The labs provide students with hands-on experience on design, analysis, and improvement of manufacturing systems. The industry projects enhance students understanding of manufacturing systems and provide them with real life experience. Students were divided into groups and a manufacturing project was assigned to each group. Moreover, an industry advisor was assigned to each group. Students, supervised by the course instructor, worked with local industry to identify project ideas, define problems, and set the goals for the projects. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected and analyzed to assess the learning outcomes and the impact of the industry projects. Course assessment is based on exams, quizzes, lab reports, and successful completion of the industry projects.

Aqlan, F., & Ashour, O., & O'Bannon, K. (2017, June), Integrating Industry Projects into a Manufacturing Systems Course Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28555

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