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Integrating Manufacturing, Design, And Teamwork Into A Materials And Process Selection Course

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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7.696.1 - 7.696.9



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Lee Tuttle

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Charles White

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Gwan-Ywan Lai

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Trevor Harding

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Integrating Manufacturing, Design and Teamwork into a Materials and Process Selection Course

T.S. Harding, G.-Y. Lai, B.L. Tuttle and C.V. White

Kettering University


During the 2000 – 2001 academic year, the Manufacturing Engineering program at Kettering University underwent a significant curriculum reform in preparation for ABET accreditation. Traditionally, the program offered an introductory manufacturing processes course at the freshmen level followed by an introductory engineering materials course at the sophomore/junior level. These courses were the primary prerequisites prior to the advanced manufacturing processes courses.

During the curriculum reform discussion it was decided that an intermediate course was needed to better integrate these introductory courses with the advanced manufacturing processes courses. In addition, the course would reinforce those skills identified in the ABET criteria that are not often encountered in a traditional engineering course (e.g. design, teamwork, communication skills, contemporary issues, social impact of engineering, etc.), and that were missing from the program according to preliminary assessment results.

The resulting course, MFGG 375 Materials and Process Selection, was developed with assistance from the National Science Foundation. The course was offered for the first time during the Winter 2002 term (January – March). A second offering occurred during the Spring 2002 term (April – June). The course includes three hours of weekly discussion periods and two hours of laboratory time. The following provides an overview of the course design, teaching methodology, laboratories and projects, as well as, course and project evaluation plans.

Project Description and Objectives

The goal of the project is to develop, implement and evaluate a team-based course focused on material and process selection methods, but which also focuses on other topics relevant to practicing manufacturing and mechanical engineers. These additional topics inc lude life cycle engineering as it applies to materials, the role of materials selection in the design process, economic decision making for manufacturing processes and understanding risk and liability for materials selection. In addition the course emphasizes teamwork and communication skills through a series of team-based projects requiring written and/or oral reports. The specific project objectives are identified in the table below.

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Tuttle, L., & White, C., & Lai, G., & Harding, T. (2002, June), Integrating Manufacturing, Design, And Teamwork Into A Materials And Process Selection Course Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10196

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