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Outcome Assessment Process In A Manufacturing Engineering Program

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Pedagogical Issues in Manufacturing Education

Tagged Division

Manufacturing

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

13.957.1 - 13.957.11

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https://peer.asee.org/4236

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Jahangir Ansari Virginia State University

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Jahangir Ansari is an Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering in the Department of Engineering and Technology at Virginia State University. He received his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1979 and Ph. D. degree in Mechanical Design and Production Engineering in 1983 both from Seoul National University. He joined the faculty at VSU in 2002. He has over 18 years of industrial experience in different areas including shipbuilding and cement plant industries. His research interests include Structural Vibration, FEM, CAD/CAM/CNC, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

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Amir Javaheri Virginia State University

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Amir Javaheri is an Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering and a member of graduate faculty at Virginia State University. He received his M.S. degree in Operations Management from Case Western University and a PH.D. in Industrial Engineering from University of Cincinnati. His current research interests are primarily in the assessment of student learning in various stages of program objectives, program outcomes and course learning outcomes.

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Stephen S. Tompkins Virgina State University

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Stephen S. Tompkins – Currently an associate professor in Manufacturing Engineering at VSU. Areas of major interest are solid mechanics, materials and thermal sciences. Spent a number of years as a research engineer at the NASA Langley Research Center conducting research on the development and application of composite materials to aerospace applications.

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Keith Williamson Virginia State University

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Keith Williamson is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Engineering & Technology at Virginia State University. He received the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University. Dr. Williamson served as the Principal Investigator for the Graduate Students in K12 (GK12) project at Old Dominion University. In addition to research involving University/K12 partnerships, his other research interests involve thermomechanical processing using Friction Stir Welding. He has received numerous awards for teaching and research including a two-time selection as the Most Inspiring Faculty and a visionary award from the Cooperating Hampton Roads Organizations for Minorities in Engineering.

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Outcome Assessment Process in a Manufacturing Engineering Program

Abstract

To achieve the goals and objectives of program educational objectives, our Manufacturing Engineering (MANE) program at Virginia State University developed a curriculum that provides students with balanced coverage of ABET and the University core requirements. The program outcomes have been adopted considering the University and school mission, program objectives, (a) through (k) defined by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and specific outcomes for manufacturing engineering as defined by the Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME).

Our MANE program focuses on the areas of automation, quality, manufacturing process, engineering analysis and manufacturing design to prepare students for successful careers in manufacturing engineering and allied professions. This paper presents a brief description of the major components of our assessment that fulfill the ABET criteria for continuous improvement requirements. The assessment process and evaluation of the program outcomes are discussed along with the results as well.

Introduction

Although there are several papers published in the field of engineering program outcome assessment 1, 2, 3, there are very few that discuss assessment process of manufacturing engineering programs. Most of these assessment plans revolve around certain aspects of the program such as courses, capstone courses, or engineering labs. This paper presents an assessment procedure which considers all program outcomes assessment processes.

The Manufacturing Engineering (MANE) program at Virginia State University developed a curriculum that provides students with balanced coverage of ABET and the University core requirements. The outcomes have been adopted considering the University and school mission, program objectives, (a) through (k) defined by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) 4, and specific outcomes for manufacturing engineering as defined by the Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME). The program provides students with extensive experience in basic science and mathematics, engineering science, laboratories, computers, design, communication and teamwork, along with humanities and social science. To achieve the goals and objectives of the program educational objectives, we have developed an innovative model for assessing our program. The model uses both indirect measure and direct measure and is based on multiple indicators such as presentations, student portfolio, and report writing evaluated by different focused groups. The results mapped to the program objectives and course outcomes using a matrix. That matrix brings a strong alignment and a common frame of reference (the criteria), used for evaluation or the interpretation of results which identifies the areas for improvement and improvement plan.

Ansari, J., & Javaheri, A., & Tompkins, S. S., & Williamson, K. (2008, June), Outcome Assessment Process In A Manufacturing Engineering Program Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/4236

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