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Kinematics For Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

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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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4.353.1 - 4.353.9

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Akihiko Kumagai

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Mukasa Ssemakula

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Session 1463

Kinematics for Manufacturing Engineering Technologists Akihiko Kumagai and Mukasa E. Ssemakula Division of Engineering Technology Wayne State University Detroit, MI 48202


This paper describes the development of a new computer-based course in Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines, designed for students pursuing BS degrees in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. The course development was based on the premise that basic science and engineering principles are best understood by demonstrating their practical applications. This was the foundation for the detailed learning objectives used throughout the course. The course was divided into modules, each of which first introduces candidates to observable practical applications of kinematics in a manufacturing setting. After these practical examples are investigated, students extend their learning to the more theoretical and analytical concepts. The complete curriculum has been implemented in computer based multimedia form, allowing for individualized self-paced learning. This includes numerous animations and simulations that allow the student to interact with the computer, ask "what if" questions, and get perspectives that would be difficult to show in the absence of a computer. The course also includes a computer- based simulation project integrating the concepts covered in the earlier modules. The first delivery of this course is planned for Fall 1999.

I. Introduction

The traditional kinematics course at a typical American university or college is aimed at mechanical engineering students whose primary interest is design. If not properly structured for the non-mechanical engineering major, it can be a very intimidating experience that discourages learning by the student. In addition to the material itself being intellectually demanding, it is frequently taught in a lecture format with little opportunity for active student participation or experimentation. Consequently, students often find it difficult to make the connection between the theoretical concepts covered in the lectures and the corresponding physical phenomena. This paper describes the development of a course in the kinematics and dynamics of machines, aimed at students pursuing BS degrees in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. The course is being developed under the auspices of the Greenfield Coalition.

The Coalition for New Manufacturing Education, also called the Greenfield Coalition; is made up of Focus:Hope’s Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) - a leading-edge manufacturing and education facility in Detroit; academic partners Wayne State University, Lawrence Technological University, Lehigh University, University of Michigan, and University of Detroit Mercy; as well as industrial partners Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Detroit Diesel and Cincinnati Milacron; and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The goal of the Coalition is to develop a new approach to the education of technicians, technologists and engineers working in the manufacturing field. The CAT is the primary delivery site for the curriculum. In this

Kumagai, A., & Ssemakula, M. (1999, June), Kinematics For Manufacturing Engineering Technologists Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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