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Introduction and Application of Lean Manufacturing Techniques in Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Practicum

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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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Student Division Early Introduction to Engineering Technical Session

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Jamison Taylor Bair Colorado State University

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Jamison Bair is a Graduate Student pursuing a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in May 2016. Jamison is one of the GTAs for MECH-468, the senior design capstone class at CSU. He is also the Project Manager for the CSU Vehicle Innovation Team competing in the intercollegiate automotive engineering competition EcoCAR3 and the President of the CSU Student Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE). His areas of research include manufacturing education, advanced composite material structure design and manufacturing, and design and assembly of energy storage systems. He most recently completed an internship at Tesla Motors and hopes to work in the transportation or renewable energy industry after completing his MS.

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Thomas H. Bradley Colorado State University

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Thomas H. Bradley is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Colorado State University, where he conducts research and teaches a variety of courses in analysis, design and policy for sustainable energy systems. In 2013, Bradley was awarded the Ralph R. Teetor Award for Excellence in Engineering Education and the US Dept of Energy EcoCAR2 Outstanding Incoming Faculty Advisor Award.

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Manufacturers have adopted lean manufacturing principles in order to reduce operating costs, decrease production time, and improve customer satisfaction. As lean manufacturing methodology becomes more commonplace in industry, introducing undergraduate students to these practices becomes increasingly important. This case study aimed to evaluate a module of a senior design curriculum and give undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students an introduction to lean manufacturing goals, tools, and best practices. This was accomplished through an in-class lecture, group discussions, along with pre and post surveys. Survey results demonstrated that students were able to develop an effective understanding of lean manufacturing, could successfully identify wastes according to lean principles, and propose ways to implement lean tools and techniques on university-scale design projects. This allowed us to validate that students could apply lean manufacturing principles to a variety of prototype projects, giving them hands-on experience with lean practices. From the results of this study, a number of suggestions were recorded for implementing lean ideas thus improving the structure of a mechanical engineering capstone class. Incorporating these suggestions will enhance the efficiency of the course and provide students practical experience with lean manufacturing.

Bair, J. T., & Bradley, T. H. (2017, June), Introduction and Application of Lean Manufacturing Techniques in Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Practicum Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28581

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