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Lessons Learned in Implementing and Accrediting a Manufacturing Engineering Program

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Design Education II

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22.1010.1 - 22.1010.11



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Vedaraman Sriraman Texas State University, San Marcos

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Vedaraman Sriraman is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology at Texas State University, San Marocs. In the past, he has served as the Manufacturing Engineering program coordinator. He has received several grants form the NSF and SME-EF to initiate new curriculum and laboratories. Dr. Sriraman has received several teaching awards and has served as the faculty advisor to the student chapter of SME.

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William A. Stapleton Texas State University

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Dr. William A. Stapleton received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Alabama in 1997. He is a member of ASEE, IEEE, ACM, and ISCA. His areas of research include computer architecture, especially embedded computing architecture, sensors and sensor networks, parallel and distributed computing, and image processing. He has also published on engineering pedagogy including the IEEE Education Society 2009 Best Transactions Paper. Dr. Stapleton was part of the team which created the Computer Engineering program at the University of South Alabama and led its initial accreditation in 1999 to become the first engineering program in the state of Alabama to be accredited under the ABET EC2000 criteria. Dr. Stapleton was the first faculty member of the Electrical Engineering program at Texas State University, San Marcos.

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Lessons learned in implementing and accrediting a Manufacturing Engineering program. Vedaraman Sriraman Bill Stapleton Texas State University-San MarcosSpurred on by an explosive growth in high technology and semiconductor manufacturing industriesin the State of Texas and central Texas in particular in the 1990s, Texas State University – SanMarcos established its first engineering program in Manufacturing Engineering in 2000. Since,significant changes have occurred in the world of manufacturing both globally and locally. Theadvent of intense global competition has placed unprecedented demands on the US manufacturingsector. The most conspicuous result of these developments is the movement of manufacturingindustries from across the nation and central Texas to other parts of the world. During this period,our program grew and prepared itself for the ABET accreditation process. This process entailedrevisiting our program’s goals and objectives in the context of the input we received from ourindustrial advisory committee, students and graduates, faculty, and ABET as well as changes thatoccurred in the manufacturing sector in the last decade. This paper presents an analysis of changesthat were necessitated owing to aforementioned input in order to achieve accreditation by ABET.

Sriraman, V., & Stapleton, W. A. (2011, June), Lessons Learned in Implementing and Accrediting a Manufacturing Engineering Program Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18275

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