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Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce in Lightweight Materials: Properties, Optimization and Manufacturing Processes

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Conference

2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Virtual Reality, Simulation, and Optimization of Manufacturing

Tagged Division

Manufacturing

Page Count

14

DOI

10.18260/1-2--30888

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https://peer.asee.org/30888

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111

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Jimmy Ching-Ming Chen Wayne State University

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Dr. Chen is Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. He earned
Ph.D from Texas A&M University. His research area includes mechatronics, CAV, 3D printing, and lightweight materials.

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Y. Gene Liao Wayne State University

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GENE LIAO is currently Director of the Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering and Alternative Energy Technology programs and Professor at Wayne State University. He received a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University, and a doctor of engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has over 17 years of industrial practices in the automotive sector prior to becoming a faculty member. Dr. Liao has research and teaching interests in the areas of hybrid vehicles, energy storage, and advanced manufacturing.

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Brandon Roderick Tucker Washtenaw Community College

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Brandon Roderick Tucker works at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI, as the Dean of Advanced Technologies & Public Service Careers, which includes the departments of Automotive Services, Auto Body Repair, Advanced Manufacturing, Welding & Fabrication, HVACR, Criminal Justice, Child Care, and the Police Academy.

A US Air Force Veteran, Brandon his obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Toledo, Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lourdes University and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Higher Education from the University of Toledo.

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Alan R. Lecz Washtenaw Community College

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Alan (Al) Lecz is Director of the Advanced Transportation Center (ATC) at Washtenaw Community College. He is responsible for the comprehensive planning, coordination, communications and oversight of the ATC. He work’s collaboratively with credit and non-credit administrators and faculty to provide industry leadership related to training, programming and other educational services of the ATC.
Prior to joining WCC, Al was the Director of Employer Strategies at the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) for Southeast Michigan. He worked with regional businesses and workforce development professionals to meet workforce talent requirements, both short-term needs and longer-term career talent pipelines.
Al brings several years’ experience collaborating with the nine community colleges of Southeast Michigan in developing center-of-expertise regional educational programs and managing federal grants related to educational capacity building and workforce training.
Prior to this, Al worked at Ford Motor Company, Powertrain Engineering, at the Dearborn Research & Engineering Center, in product design, development and manufacturing engineering. He was a lead university recruiter for the Ford College Graduate and Summer Internship programs. Prior to Ford, he worked in the Aerospace Industry on commercial and military aircraft in the areas of aerodynamics, automated flight controls and gas turbine engine design and development.
He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt in Customer Driven Quality Processes.

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Abstract

The use of lightweight materials has been widely driven by the aerospace industry, ship building and wind turbine productions. In the automotive industry, the share of lightweight materials is expected to increase from 30 to 70 percent by the year 2030, primarily due to the aggressive new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Therefore, the use of lightweight materials in manufacturing has caught massive attentions and emerged as a transforming innovation. Lightweight materials range from high strength steel and aluminum to carbon fiber composites, polymers, foams and plastics. Understanding their various material properties is driving the development of new and modified manufacturing processes. Lightweight materials are changing the nature of advanced manufacturing, and concurrent with this shift in materials and the corresponding changes in design and manufacturing processes is the need to train the workforce of today and tomorrow in these technologies. This paper presents the collaboration between a university and a community college on an NSF project to develop an integrated curriculum in the emerging technologies surrounding lightweight materials properties, optimization and manufacturing processes. The goal of this project is to engage industry and educators in developing a talent pipeline and initial curriculum addressing the material properties, design for manufacturability and manufacturing processes, as well as optimization and manufacturing processes associated with lightweight materials at the high school, community college and university levels to meet emerging industry needs for engineers and technicians in the manufacturing industry. This paper is a report that majorly represents the development progresses and results of workshops for K-12 teachers and community college faculty, including workshop agendas, lecture and laboratory materials, and analyses of participant feedback.

Chen, J. C., & Liao, Y. G., & Tucker, B. R., & Lecz, A. R. (2018, June), Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce in Lightweight Materials: Properties, Optimization and Manufacturing Processes Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30888

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