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Introduction Of System Simulation Techniques Into The Mechanical Engineering Technology Programs

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.348.1 - 4.348.6

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Digendra K. Das

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Introduction of System Simulation Techniques into the Mechanical Engineering Technology Programs Digendra K. Das Associate Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome P.O. Box 3050, Utica, NY 13504-3050 Phone: (315) 792-7421 e-mail:


The paper addresses the various aspects of the introduction of Simulation Techniques into the Mechanical Engineering Technology programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The topics presented in the paper include the development of the simulation laboratory, the curriculum, students’ response and future plans.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology at SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, N.Y., has established a successful baccalaureate degree program over the past two decades. The department offers B. S. and B. Tech. degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology and the program is accredited by TAC/ABET. Recently a new Master of Science in Advanced Technology (MSAT) degree program has been initiated. All of these programs are supported by fifteen well equipped laboratories as a consequence of the fact that the department emphasizes the concept of offering mostly laboratory-based courses in Engineering Technology.

The rapid advancement of computer technology, both hardware and software, in the past few years, has made it possible to use simulation techniques in the study of a variety of systems in engineering technology. The department introduced simulation applications in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fall of the 1998/1999 academic year. The various aspects of that endeavor have been addressed in the following sections.

The Development of the Simulation Laboratory

A new simulation lab, named The Advanced Environments Lab, was developed in summer 1998. The lab consists of twenty-four (24) Pentium computers connected to two file servers by NT Network. Each station is a Pentium Pro 200 equipped with 64MB of RAM, a 3.2GB hard drive, a 17 inch monitor at 1024 x 768 resolution, a 4MB graphics card and a sound card with the headphone adapter located below each monitor.

The two file servers are Dual Pentium Pro 200’s, each with 256KB cache, 128MB RAM and a 9GB hard drive. The file servers are named “Post” and “Turing”.

Das, D. K. (1999, June), Introduction Of System Simulation Techniques Into The Mechanical Engineering Technology Programs Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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