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My Summer Industry Internship Experience

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.741.1 - 6.741.4

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Zhongming Liang

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Session 1150

My Summer Industry Internship Experience Zhongming (Wilson) Liang Purdue University Fort Wayne

I. Introduction

I call my work at local companies in the last two summers as industry internship because of the type of the employment. As the companies stated, the purpose of hiring me was twofold: the company could benefit from my expertise but also support engineering education by helping faculty gain practical experience.

While engineering technology faculty working in local industry in summer time is not new, this paper discusses my experience from the point of view of internship rather than of summer employment.

I had a good record of industrial experience before these two summers. I worked for ten years in a manufacturing company as a mechanical engineer from 1968 to 1978. I became a registered professional engineer in my state in 1993. Nevertheless I felt that I gained a lot of new knowledge and new ideas during the summer interns.

The four areas in which I benefited from the summer interns were: • Teaching method improvement • Teaching material enrichment • Continuous professional development • Application of mathematics in manufacturing technology Each of them will be slightly discussed in the following sections.

The summer interns were in two large orthopedics manufacturing companies. The working areas were automated production.

II. Summer intern outcome one: teaching method improvement

Through my own practice during the interns I came to realize that some of my teaching methods should be improved in order to better prepare students for their jobs.

Let me use the robotics course to explain it. Part of my robotics lab teaches how to use the Mitsubishi RV-M1 robot with Movemaster control. I taught the students how the commands worked using examples in the robot manual and examples of my own. For example, • Command MJ is to move joint. The line MJ +90, -30, 0, +20, 0 moves the robot about the first, second and fourth joints. • Command HE is to assign a position number to the current location. The line HE 11 defines the current location as position 11 and records it in the memory.

Liang, Z. (2001, June), My Summer Industry Internship Experience Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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