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Materials Education for Green Plastics Manufacturing Technology (GPMT)

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Active Learning and Demonstrations in Materials Education

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25.916.1 - 25.916.19



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Spencer Seung-Hyun Kim Rochester Institute of Technology

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Spencer Seung-Hyun Kim is Associate Professor in Manufacturing in Mechanical Engineering Technology/Packaging Science Department (MMET/PS) at RIT, and serves as Associate Director of American Packaging Corporation Center for Packaging Innovation at RIT. He previously worked in the semiconductor industry. Kim, as a PI or Co-PI, received grants and sponsorships from NSF, SME, SPE, universities, and industries. He is Advisor to RIT’s Student Chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). Kim has directed numerous undergraduate research projects.

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Elizabeth Dell Rochester Institute of Technology

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Elizabeth Dell is the Director of Women in Technology, an Assistant Professor of manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, and the Miller Endowed Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is the Program Chair for Undeclared Engineering Technology. Dell received degrees in mechanical engineering from Kettering University and macromolecular science and engineering from the University of Michigan. Research interests include sustainable materials development, selection and characterization, and increasing the diversity of the engineering workforce.

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Mario H. Castro-Cedeno Rochester Institute of Technology

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  Green Plastics Manufacturing Technology (GPMT)One of the most important subjects in any engineering technology program ismanufacturing. Manufacturing involves a complex system of materials, machines and people.Most subjects of the curriculum in manufacturing focus on teaching the fundamentals of currentmaterials (i.e., metals, ceramics, composites, and petroleum based plastics) and processes;however, few prepare students to work with a broad range of new/future materials, particularlygreen materials (such as, green nano-materials, biodegradable polymers, and eco friendly-hybridmaterials) in advanced manufacturing technology. Further, the current approach to teachingmaterials technology does not appeal to students studying new manufacturing processes andsystems for "Green Plastics Manufacturing Technology" (GPMT). A multidisciplinary field,plastics manufacturing technology deals with product design,prototyping and modeling, production and process design, materials testing and characterization,process automation and robotics, and quality control. "Green Plastics ManufacturingTechnology" (GPMT) is an emerging discipline that encompasses a range of activities, from theresearch and development of non-toxic, eco-friendly materials to the reduction of waste andpollution through changing patterns of production and consumption. The primary goal of thestudy is to transform the exiting materials and manufacturing curriculum to keep pace with thenew green technologies in the manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology/packagingscience programs at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). We will present a pilot test resultof an educational approach and undergraduate teaching modules for Green PlasticsManufacturing Technology within foundational courses in the materials and manufacturingeducation. 

Kim, S. S., & Dell, E., & Castro-Cedeno, M. H. (2012, June), Materials Education for Green Plastics Manufacturing Technology (GPMT) Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21673

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