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On Development Of A New Manufacturing Engineering Program At Washington State University

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.430.1 - 3.430.13

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Jack Swearengen

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Hakan Gürocak

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Session 2263

On Development of a New Manufacturing Engineering Program at Washington State University

Jack Swearengen*, Hakan Gürocak

Washington State University 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave. Vancouver, WA 98686-9600

Abstract: A new Bachelor of Science degree program in Manufacturing Engineering at Washington State University branch campus in Vancouver is described. We discuss industrial participation in curriculum and program development, and review cooperation with community colleges. A planned center for research in semiconductor manufacturing is introduced, and some of the lessons we have learned in starting the new program are discussed. Suggested metrics for outcomes assessments are described.


Washington State University (WSU) is developing a new branch campus in the southwestern region of the State, to serve the Washington segment of the fast-growing Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Area. A new curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Manufacturing Engineering is being introduced on the new campus. In this paper we describe the structure and innovative aspects of the new program, summarize the developmental process, and report on the lessons learned during the development. Growth forecast and future plans for the program are also discussed.

Background Southwest Washington is growing rapidly: in 1990 Clark County was projected to reach a population of 295,000 by the year 2000. In 1997, however, the population was already well over 300,000 and is growing 4% a year. Manufacturing in the metropolitan region includes companies in nearly every Standard Industrial Classification (SIC), from primary metal production and fabrication of structural shapes to electronics, integrated circuit fabrication, and snack foods. Existing plants are expanding and new plants are opening. In particular, the regional semiconductor industry plans to hire 6600 more engineers and plant workers by the year

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Swearengen, J., & Gürocak, H. (1998, June), On Development Of A New Manufacturing Engineering Program At Washington State University Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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