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Integration of Systems Engineering Training Modules into Capstone Courses across College of Engineering Departments

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

IE Technical Session II

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Industrial Engineering

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22.932.1 - 22.932.7



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Dean Walton Pichette Wayne State University

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Dean Pichette,
Senior Lecturer,
Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering.

Teaching Interests:
Systems Engineering, Project/Program Management, Engineering Economics & Lifecycle Costing, and Introduction to Design.

Professional Preparation:
1995, M.S., Electronics and Computer Control Systems, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
1990, M.B.A., Business Administration, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
1972, B.S., Electrical Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Professional Experience:
2007 - Present, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI,
Senior Lecturer,
Full-time IE 4850 Engineering Economics, IE 6840 Project Management, IE 6490 and IE 7490 Systems Engineering, IE4800 Senior Design, and BE1200 Design in Engineering instructor. Support EMMP (Engineering Master’s Management Program) Leadership Projects. Served on Faculty Review Committee. Co-Author for MINDSET (High School Math textbook) Critical Path Method chapter. Author for Value Added Decision Making (Master’s level Engineering Decision & Risk textbook) Ethical Decisions Chapter. Project Manager/Launch Leader for Global Executive Track Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering. Member, ISE Lecture Capture Task Force, ISE Undergraduate Program Committee, College of Engineering Climate Working Group, and Increase ISE Undergraduate Program Committee.

2005 - 2007, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI,
Part-Time Faculty
Taught Project Management in the EMMP and as an elective in the Engineering Master’s Program,

1973 - 2006, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI,
Project Engineering Manager.
Delivered Electrical Edge/MKX and Fusion/Milan/Zephyr launches with no significant issues.
Served as acting Chief l Engineer for Electrical Engineering Large Vehicle Center.
Launched Lincoln-Mercury Product Development Electrical Engineering Organization Structure and Interface.

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Darin Ellis Wayne State University

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Darin Ellis is a faculty member in the Wayne State University Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, where he teaches and conducts research in the area of human factors engineering. In addition to his human factors research interests, he has been involved in numerous pedagogical research efforts and curriculum improvement projects. In addition to his faculty assignment, Dr. Ellis serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering. He is a member of the IIE, HFES, INCOSE, and ASEE.

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Walter Bryzik Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University

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Dr. Bryzik has been serving as DeVlieg Chairman and Professor of Mechanical Engineering , College of Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan from February 2008 to present.
He leads the Wayne State University Mechanical Engineering Department from both an educational and research prospective. Dr. Bryzik also personally executes major, state-of-the-art research projects at Wayne State University in areas such as: defense systems engineering and advanced automotive technology, primarily within innovative propulsion systems and alternative fuels areas.

Dr. Bryzik was Chief Scientist of the US Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren, Michigan, encompassing all Army aspects of ground vehicle technology. He represented the Army worldwide within government, industry, and academia as its chief technical officer in the overall area of DoD ground vehicles. Upon retirement from TARDEC, Dr. Bryzik held the Army/DoD's highest Scientific/Technical rank, a rank which was competitively selected by the Secretary of the Army in recognition of his numerous pioneering technical achievements as an internationally respected leader in the area of advanced ground vehicles. He has authored and co-authored over 200 peer reviewed publications and has contributed to over 20 separate book issues through editing and individual technical paper contributions. He has chaired and/or organized numerous technical international and inter-government conferences responsible for dealing with worldwide advanced automotive technology, and was technical chair of various senior level government committees, particularly with Japan, Germany, and France. He has served at TARDEC for 40 years in various capacities of increasing responsibility. Dr. Bryzik is a Fellow Grade member of the Society of Automotive Engineers(SAE), an editorial reviewer for SAE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Combustion Institute. He has been an Adjunct Professor and Graduate Faculty Member of Mechanical Engineering at Wayne State University for 30 years, both continuously teaching graduate courses and performing advanced research. Dr. Bryzik has served as a member of numerous significant National Academy of Engineering (NAE) panels on advanced automotive technology, and is on the Board of Visitors within the University of Michigan College of Engineering. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2004, with the award personally presented by President Bush in Washington, DC. This is the highest award given by the U.S. Government for exceptional science and technology and its impact on society, Dr. Bryzik received a bachelors (highest honors), masters, and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Detroit.

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Kyoung-Yun Kim Wayne State University


Ming-Chia D. Lai Wayne State University

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Dr. Ming-Chia Lai received his B.S.M.E. from National Taiwan University (1975), M.S. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University(1985). He also carried out post-doctoral research at Gas Dynamics Lab. at University of Michigan (1985) and Energy Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1986). He has a faculty of Wayne State University since 1987. Prof. Ming-Chia Lai’s research has been on the thermal-fluid engineering, automotive powertrain, and alternative energy applications. His research has been sponsored by both government agencies (DOE, DOD, NASA, NSF, and NIST) and industry (GM, Ford, Chrysler, General Dynamics, Detroit Diesel, John Deere, Delphi, Visteon, Eaton, Continental, Bosch, Hyundai, Honda, TIAX, DuPont, and Ferrari). He has authored or co-authored more than 300 refereed journal and conference publications. His awards include Charles DeVlieg Distinguished Endowed Professorship, WSU Career Development Chair Award, ASME Young Engineer of the Year, SE Michigan, American Natural Resources Research Award, WSU Faculty Research Award, and The Best Paper Award, 23rd Nat’l Heat Transfer Conference (ASME and AIChE), SAE Forest R. McFarland Award, and SAE Fellow.

He is also active in student capstone design and national student competition projects, including Ethanol Challenge, Hydrogen Student Design, SAE Formula Car, and DOD System Engineering Capstone Design. In addition to Mechanical Engineering, he is also a faculty of the the interdisciplinary Alternative Energy Technology (AET), and the Electric-Drive Vehicle Engineering (EVE) Degree programs.

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Yun Seon Kim Wayne State University

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Title: Integration of Systems Engineering Training Modules into Capstone Courses across College of Engineering DepartmentsPromotion of Systems Engineering (SE) knowledge and career path awareness forundergraduate engineering students has been identified as a key strategic initiative by theDepartment of Defense (DoD). Since capstone projects are required for all ABET-certifiedcolleges of engineering in the United States, exposing engineering students to systemsengineering training in capstone courses is an effective method to achieve the DoD’sobjective. A novel approach to achieving this objective was used by introducing SE trainingmodules into existing capstone courses across both the Industrial and Systems Engineeringand Mechanical Engineering departments starting in the Fall Semester, 2010. Instructors ofthe courses collaborated to approach a DoD-relevant design problem, i.e. development ofhumanitarian assistance/disaster relief kit elements, from multiple perspectives. Thesemodules were developed by one instructor and either taught in joint class sessions or inindividual classes where scheduling conflicts could not be overcome. Beyond the Departmentof Defense objectives, these training modules are being used as a method of achievingcontinuous improvement in the capstone courses. The first module is an introduction tosystems engineering while other modules relate to systems engineering tools that are taught‘just-in-time’ to support completion of the capstone design projects.

Pichette, D. W., & Ellis, D., & Bryzik, W., & Kim, K., & Lai, M. D., & Kim, Y. S. (2011, June), Integration of Systems Engineering Training Modules into Capstone Courses across College of Engineering Departments Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18280

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