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Investing in the Future: Bringing Research and Industry into Simulation-based Manufacturing Education

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Faisal Aqlan Pennsylvania State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Faisal Aqlan is an assistant professor of Industrial Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College. He received his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering form The State University of New York at Binghamton in 2013. He has industry experience with IBM Corporation and Innovation Associates Company. His research interests include manufacturing education, simulation and automation, process improvement, ergonomics, supply chain, and cyberlearning. He has published more than 115 peer-reviewed research articles in reputed conferences and journals and received multiple best paper awards. Aqlan also holds 7 U.S. patents/patent applications and is the recipient of two NSF grants ($800K) and several internal and in-kind grants ($30M). He has received numerous awards and honors including the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence Award, Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Young Researcher Award, School of Engineering Distinguished Award for Excellence in Research, Council of Fellows Faculty Research Award, IBM Vice President Award for Innovation Excellence, IBM Lean Recognition Award, Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research, and Outstanding Academic Achievement in Graduate Studies. He was recently named 40 Under 40: Class of 2019 by the Erie Reader. His projects and achievements have been recognized by U.S. Senators and Representatives. Aqlan is a member of ASEE, ASQ, SME, and IEOM. He is also a senior member of IISE and has served as president of IISE Logistics and Supply Chain Division, co-founder of IISE Modeling and Simulation Division, director of IISE Young Professionals Group, founder and faculty advisor of IISE Behrend Chapter, faculty chair of IISE Northeast Conference, and track chair in IISE Annual Conference. He currently serves as IISE Vice President of Student Development and holds a seat on IISE Board of Trustees. He also serves on IISE Technical Operations Board and leads IISE Cup initiative, which is an international competition to recognize organizations for innovative and effective implementation of industrial and systems engineering principles and practices that deliver exemplary business performance improvement.

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Qi Dunsworth Pennsylvania State University

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Qi Dunsworth is the Director of Center for Teaching Initiatives at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College. She holds a master's degree in Communication Studies and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology. At Behrend she supports faculty in classroom teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has created a series of faculty teaching workshops and is the recipient of several grants for course revision, educational research, and professional development.

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Jessica Resig

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Dr. Jessica Resig is an instructional designer with Penn State World Campus. In addition to maintaining an online course portfolio, she currently supports research initiatives and technology pilots related to digital pedagogy. Dr. Resig holds a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from Old Dominion University.

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Manufacturing makes tremendous contributions to the economy as it increases gross domestic product and exports, creates high-paying jobs, generates meaningful return on investment, and supports many other sectors. The future of manufacturing depends on preparing younger generations for innovation and skill-intensive jobs through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. However, there is a dearth of manufacturing presence in the current curricular content as most STEM high school and community college educators do not have training in manufacturing concepts and likely have not worked in the modern manufacturing industry. An effective way of bringing manufacturing to the curriculum is to include simulation and automation hands-on experimentation. This paper presents the second year of an ongoing Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site in Manufacturing Simulation and Automation. The objectives of the program are to 1) improve instructors’ research and professional skills, and 2) help them translate the cutting-edge manufacturing research to their classrooms by creating and implementing new curricula. This will stimulate students’ interest in the topic and strengthen manufacturing education.

Aqlan, F., & Dunsworth, Q., & Resig, J. (2020, June), Investing in the Future: Bringing Research and Industry into Simulation-based Manufacturing Education Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34884

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