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Integration of Manufacturing into Mechanical Engineering Education Curricula

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Manufacturing and Machine Component Design

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Mechanical Engineering

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24.788.1 - 24.788.14



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Robert L. Mott University of Dayton

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Robert L. Mott, P.E. is professor emeritus of engineering technology at the University of Dayton. He is a member of ASME, SME, and ASEE. He is a Fellow of ASEE. He holds the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from General Motors Institute (Now Kettering University) and the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He serves the Society of Manufacturing Engineers through the Manufacturing Education & Research Community and the SME Center for Education and he is a recipient of the SME Education Award. He has authored four textbooks. Applied Fluid Mechanics 7th ed, Applied Strength of Materials 5th ed, Statics and Strength of Materials, 1st ed, and Machine Elements in Mechanical Design 5rd ed, all published by Pearson/Prentice-Hall.

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Ronald J. Bennett F.ASEE, F.ABET P.E. University of St. Thomas

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Dr. Ronald J. Bennett is Founding Dean and Professor Emeritus of the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. Prior to entering academia, Bennett held leadership positions for three decades in the appliance, electronics, medical device and knowledge engineering industries, as well as in several entrepreneurial organizations. His responsibilities ranged from R&D, engineering and manufacturing to sales, marketing and general management.

He founded the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas, and teaches and publishes in the areas of materials engineering, innovation, strategy, technology transfer, leadership and engineering education. His current focus is on webinars and workshops on leadership for engineers in industry and academia.

Bennett is a member of numerous scientific and professional societies, is an ABET program evaluator and commissioner.

He has a wide variety of academic publications, and is co-author with Elaine Millam of the 2012 McGraw-Hill book 'Leadership for Engineers: The Magic of Mindset.'

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Mark J. Stratton SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers)


Scott Danielson Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus

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Dr. Scott Danielson is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Technology and Innovation at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus. Before assuming that role, he had been the Interim Chair of Engineering Department for half a year and the Chair of the Engineering Technology Department for over 12 years. He has been active in the ASEE in the Mechanics Division and the Engineering Technology Division, currently a member at large on the Engineering Technology Division Executive Committee. He serves on the SME’s Manufacturing Education and Research Community steering committee. He is active in the ASME; awarded the Ben C. Sparks Medal in 2009 and 2013 for excellence in mechanical engineering education, serving as a member of the Vision 2030 Task Force, serving on the Committee on Engineering Technology Accreditation in a variety of roles, serving on the Board of Directors of the ASME Center for Education for several years, and as a member of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Head Committee. He has been a program evaluator for both the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and ASME, served on the Engineering Technology Accreditation Council (ETAC) of ABET, representing ASME, and currently is on the ETAC Executive Committee. Before joining ASU, he had been at North Dakota State University where he was a faculty member in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering department. His research interests include machining, effective teaching and engineering mechanics. Before coming to academia, he was a design engineer, maintenance supervisor, and plant engineer. He is a registered professional engineer.

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INTEGRATION OF MANUFACTURING INTO MECHANICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION CURRICULARobert MottUniversity of DaytonDayton, OhioRonald BennettUniversity of St. ThomasSt. Paul, MinnesotaMark StrattonSociety of ManufacturingEngineersDearborn, MichiganScott DanielsonArizona State University-Polytechnic CampusMesa, ArizonaABSTRACTThis paper focuses on enhancing the integration of manufacturing principles and concepts withincurricula in mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology education programs.The field of manufacturing engineering covers the broad spectrum of topics derived from thedefinition from the ABET Manufacturing Engineering program criteria: Manufacturing requiresthat a modification of the shape, form, or properties of a material that takes place in a way thatadds value. The ASME’s Vision 2030 surveys of industry engineering supervisors and earlycareer mechanical engineers have illustrated that the curricula of mechanical engineering andrelated programs have an urgent need to enhance students’ comprehension of ‘how things aremade and work,’ e.g., the knowledge and skills needed to design and efficiently produce productsvia high-performance systems. This session is designed to be primarily a dialog among theparticipants and the presenters, focusing on a model for the manufacturing field called The FourPillars of Manufacturing Knowledge, developed by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers(SME 2011), and how it relates to mechanical engineering education. Broader issues andresources related to enhancing manufacturing education are also presented.

Mott, R. L., & Bennett, R. J., & Stratton, M. J., & Danielson, S. (2014, June), Integration of Manufacturing into Mechanical Engineering Education Curricula Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20680

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