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Manufacturing Integrated Learning Lab (MILL): A Curriculum Model for Hands-On Manufacturing Education

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011

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2153-5965

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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9

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22.1039.1 - 22.1039.9

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https://peer.asee.org/18320

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Mukasa E. Ssemakula Wayne State University

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Dr. Ssemakula received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. in Manufacturing Technology, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering all from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (England). After working in industry, he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland where he taught courses in the areas of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering as well as conducting research in Manufacturing Systems. Since 1993, he has been on the faculty of Wayne State University’s Division of Engineering Technology where he has been a leader in developing and implementing fresh pedagogical approaches to engineering education. He is currently teaching courses in Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, and continuing his research in Manufacturing Systems.

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Celestine Chukwuemeka Aguwa Wayne State University

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Dr. Aguwa has been at Wayne State University as a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching graduate courses in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. His core research focuses on applying traditional engineering concepts to healthcare product design and manufacturing. He is currently working on several research projects under healthcare design technology. He is also in collaboration with other faculty working on NSF sponsored research on curriculum development among other projects. Dr Aguwa has an extensive teaching and application experience in probability and statistics. He has a cross functional industrial experience at Ford Motor Company and extensive professional experience as an Architect. Dr. Aguwa has a Ph.D. and MSIE in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from University of Pittsburgh and Massachusetts, Amherst, respectively. He also has a B.Arch. degree in Architecture from University of Nigeria. Dr. Aguwa has several awards, including a patent, and has written several published papers. He is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Alpha Pi Mu National Industrial Engineering Honor Society, and Beta Sigma Fraternity.

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Darin Ellis Wayne State University

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Dr. Ellis is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Wayne State University. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1994. His teaching and research interests include human factors engineering and ergonomics. In addition to his research in engineering education, Dr. Ellis conducts research on the interaction between human operators and intelligent and robotic systems.

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Kyoung-Yun Kim Wayne State University

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Kyoung-Yun Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Wayne State University, where he directs the Computational Intelligence and Design Informatics (CInDI) Laboratory and the Product Development and System Engineering Consortium (PDSEC). Dr. Kim’s research focuses on assembly design; collaborative product development; computational intelligence and informatics for product design and development; sustainable and renewable energy product design; and design and manufacturing of soft products. Dr. Kim has received over $5.9M by external funding from several U.S. federal agencies including NSF, NIDRR, and Department of Energy, the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy, and industries including Ford and GM. Currently, Dr. Kim is a planning site director for the NSF Industry and University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for e-Design.

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Gene Liao Wayne State University

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Y. Gene Liao received the B.S.M.E. from National Central University, Taiwan, Mechanical Engineer from Columbia University, and Doctor of Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently an Associate Professor at Wayne State University. He has over 15 years of industrial practices in the automotive sector prior to becoming a faculty member. Dr. Liao has research and teaching interests in the areas of multi-body dynamics, hybrid vehicle powertrain, and CAE applications in products development and manufacturing.

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Abstract

MANUFACTURING INTEGRATED LEARNING LAB (MILL): A CURRICULUM MODEL FOR HANDS-ON MANUFACTURING EDUCATIONABSTRACTThe lack of hands-on experiences in specific manufacturing processes has been identified as oneof the major competency gaps in manufacturing engineering education. Partly in response to this,the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) launched its Manufacturing Education Plan toaddress the competency gaps of new graduates. The National Science Foundation (NSF) andother funding agencies have also been heavily involved in efforts to address these concerns.The Manufacturing Integrated Learning Lab (MILL) is an outcome of these efforts. MILL is anNSF‐funded multi‐institutional project, whose focus is the development of a hands-on approachto manufacturing education. At the heart of the MILL concept is the use of team‐based projectsthat help students gain hands‐on experiences in design and manufacturing. It involves thecoordination of realistic hands-on activities in multiple targeted courses around the unifyingtheme of designing and fabricating a selected functional product. These activities are suited foreasy implementation in the setting of a typical design and manufacturing teaching laboratory.This offers students practical skills that directly prepare them for careers in manufacturing,design and product realization.Four knowledge areas with corresponding detailed learning outcomes were identified for study,namely: (1) drafting/design, (2) manufacturing process, (3) process engineering, and (4)CAD/CAM. A curriculum writing process undertaken at the beginning of the project resulted ina set of core learning outcomes common to all consortia schools. Based on these, we developed acore curriculum shared between the partner institutions. This encapsulates our MILLmanufacturing competency model. Subsequently, this educational model was integrated intorelevant courses at each participating institution. We also developed assessment instruments tomeasure student learning.The four knowledge areas previously identified constituted the subscales of the assessmentinstruments. Each subscale contains multiple competencies as detailed in the curriculum model,and this formed the test blueprint. Subsequent to the finalization of the test blueprint, a table ofspecifications was developed to delineate the taxonomy of cognitive abilities to serve as aprompt in item development to assess varying (and generally higher) cognitive levels. Sampleitems were developed for all competencies in a series of internal meetings held among MILLProject staff. It was determined that all items would follow a paper and pencil multiple-choiceformat to simplify subsequent analysis.We have conducted content reliability and validity studies for the assessment instruments. Thepreliminary results from a field test indicate excellent structure of the assessment instruments.We are now in the process of expanding our range of testing by involving additional institutionsin the project.

Ssemakula, M. E., & Aguwa, C. C., & Ellis, D., & Kim, K., & Liao, G., & Sawilowsky, S. S. (2011, June), Manufacturing Integrated Learning Lab (MILL): A Curriculum Model for Hands-On Manufacturing Education Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18320

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