June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
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NKU/Mazak Corp. Joint Senior Project ProgramMazak is the global leader in the design and manufacture of highly productive CNC machinetools and automation systems established in Northern Kentucky since 1974, and has spent thepast several decades continuously improving its manufacturing operations and enhancing itstechnology to be able to immediately address its customers’ changing needs.Founded in 1968, Northern Kentucky University (NKU) is a metropolitan university with 16,000students, located in Highland Heights, KY, in the greater Cincinnati area. NKU currently offersBachelors of Science degrees in Engineering Technology (Electronics - EET and Mechanical andManufacturing - MMET), with the support of local industry, who provide most of the studentswith Co-op opportunities.Mazak in cooperation with NKU Engineering Technology is carrying an innovative trainingprogram aimed to provide students with ‘hands-on’ industrial experience, as part of graduationrequirements. This innovative learning experience incorporates many elements of the casemethod in experiential learning, which have been largely used in a variety of disciplines.What makes this university-industry cooperation novel is that it is a part of our academicprogram, being taught under NKU faculty and Mazak management supervision, at their facility.The students will utilize all knowledge acquired through the program and as a culminating efforttowards graduation they will submit a senior project to be built and tested on Mazak site.Eighteen students have been assigned to nine different industrial projects ranging from productimprovement to optimization of manufacturing processes. Example of the project titles are:Automatic Assembly of Dangerous Materials, Robot Electrical Test Box for CNC Machines, etc.The advantages for this university-industry joint effort are: 1. The resources available to students and the hand on experience provided to the students in the Mazak facility cannot be emulated in school, even in the laboratory type classes. 2. From the students’ side there is no additional cost involved as the project is fully sponsored by Mazak. 3. Mazak benefits from this program by the opportunity of their employees interact with highly academically trained students, fully dedicated to experimental initiatives.Using data obtained from surveys conducted during the semester we will assess student’sperformance, analyzing items such as the ability to solve problems using technical knowledge,pace of the work, ability to manage time and resources, and the degree of achievement of theprojects objectives. A midterm assessment rubric will be designed and implemented to evaluatestudents’ progress in their projects. If adjustments are necessary to help the success of theprojects, they will be applied according to the outcome.Feedback from Mazak staff will be used to measure their general satisfaction with our student’sprofessional conduct, and finally we will evaluate the extent to which these projects will help theMMET Program addressing the attainment of its’ Student Learning Outcomes.
Sadat-Hossieny, M., & Torres, M. (2014, June), NKU-Mazak Corp. Joint Senior Project Program Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/22869
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