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Partnering With Students to Continuously Improve the Systems Engineering & Engineering Management ProgramContinuous improvement philosophy is a fundamental principle for creating a sustainable systemand education is no exception. Engineering departments have been implementing continuousimprovement processes as part of ABET accreditation requirements for many years. One of themain challenges, especially for small programs is to identify resources to carry on thesecontinuous improvement initiatives along with the ongoing teaching and research activities. Inthis paper we present an innovative approach in which systems engineering students are involvedin the improvement of the Systems Engineering & Engineering Management (SEEM) Program atthe University of X. The initiative has been carried under the junior level Systems Design andDeployment course where project teams of systems engineering students were given the task ofanalyzing the processes of the program as a consultant would do.During the semester a streamlined version of the five phased Six Sigma methodology known asDMADV (Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, and Verify) was taught and key deliverables ofeach phase were completed. The storyboards were presented to the key stakeholders within theSEEM program for approval to implement.The output of two projects resulted in redesigned websites, one for the undergraduate SystemsEngineering program and the other for the Engineering Masters program. A third project teamcreated process flow maps along with the methods and procedures to facilitate a supply chaingame for the departments’ students. The fourth project developed flow charts for five of thedepartment’s key processes and improved two of these by eliminating non value added steps.As a result of this approach the students were passionate about improving a program they careabout while learning valuable Systems Engineering design and deployment skills. At the sametime faculty and staff within the department were grateful to have four projects completed toimprove the program. Our experience shows that both students and teachers can benefit frompartnering together in their semester projects to design and deploy systems that improve theirdepartment. This approach to utilizing students to improve systems within the department couldbe replicated to other classrooms and universities in order to achieve similar results.
Mayhorn, J. P., & Ozelkan, E. C. (2013, June), Partnering With Students to Continuously Improve the Systems Engineering & Engineering Management Program Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22342
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