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Product-based Learning: Bundling Goods and Services for an Integrated Context-rich Industrial Engineering Curriculum

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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IED Technical Session: Preparing for the Future Through Projects and Research

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Industrial Engineering

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19

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https://peer.asee.org/30895

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Janis P. Terpenny Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Janis Terpenny is the Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Department Chair and Head of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State. She is also director of the Center for e-Design, an NSF industry/university cooperative research center (I/UCRC). She is a Fellow of IISE and of ASME, and a member of ASEE, INFORMS, Alpha Pi Mu, and Tau Beta Pi. She serves as an associate editor for the Engineering Economist.

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Catherine M. Harmonosky Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Catherine M. Harmonosky is an Associate Professor in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Harmonosky's research interests are manufacturing and healthcare systems analysis, scheduling and simulation. Current and completed funded projects have been in the areas of scheduling/production control, healthcare systems analysis, and real-time simulation applications. Dr. Harmonosky received her B.S.I.E. from Penn State in 1981 and her M.S.I.E. and Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1982 and 1987, respectively.

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Amine Lehtihet Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Amine Lehtihet is Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State with teaching and research interests in Design and Manufacturing.

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Vittal Prabhu Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Vittaldas Prabhu is currently a Professor in the Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Prabhu works in the area of distributed control systems with a focus on manufacturing and service enterprises consisting of discrete-events, physical processes, and service processes. He teaches courses in manufacturing systems, service systems, and distributed controls.

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Andris Freivalds Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Andris Freivalds is the Lucas Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State University and Director of the CTD Center, which has provided ergonomic assistance to over 90 Pennsylvania companies. He is the author of Methods, Standards, and Work Design and Biomechanics of the Upper Limbs and has mentored 43 MS and 27 PhD students.

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Elena M. Joshi Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Elena M. Joshi is a Senior Instructor and the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State.

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Jose A. Ventura Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Dr. Jose A. Ventura received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Polytechnic University of Cataluña (Barcelona, Spain), and his M.E. in Operations Research and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering both from University of Florida. Since 1989 he has been at Pennsylvania State University, where he is currently Professor of Industrial Engineering. He has also held faculty positions at Polytechnic University of Cataluña, University of Missouri, and Auckland University (New Zealand). Dr. Ventura teaches courses in operations research and logistics to undergraduate and graduate students. He specializes in supply chain management, energy logistics, infrastructure development and traffic equilibrium in transportation networks, and facility layout and location. His research has been published in a number of journals, including Mathematical Programming, Management Science, Discrete Applied Mathematics, Naval Research Logistics, and IIE Transactions. His research work has been funded by industry (General Electric, McDonnell Douglas Co., etc.) and government agencies (National Science Foundation, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, etc.). He has been an associate editor of several journals, including IIE Transactions and Journal of Manufacturing Systems. He is a fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and is a former Chair of the IISE Council of Fellows.

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Abstract

This paper reports on current progress of the redesign of the undergraduate Industrial Engineering (IE) curriculum at one of the nation’s top ranked IE programs around a set of complex products that bundle goods and services together and facilitate an integrated product-based learning approach. The use of real-life product-based problems provides student learning with context and a common thread throughout core courses. This approach enables students to learn technical content in an integrated manner with a foundation of professional, real-world problems, unlike the relatively disjointed silo-style approach to learning individual topics that has been the cornerstone of engineering programs nationwide. Overall, the strategy aids students in integrating and synthesizing industrial engineering concepts, methods and tools that leverage problem and project-based learning. Ultimately, the goal is to have students understand, discover and practice the connectedness and mutual dependencies of core subjects in the successful realization and delivery of goods and services. This approach is predicated upon the development of a set of products which reflect the global dimension of product design, ergonomics, and manufacturing, as well as the symbiotic relationship between manufactured goods and the consumer services built around the goods. The project launched FALL 2017 with 80 junior level students in a required undergraduate course in design and manufacturing dissecting and creating CAD models of consumer products. Two classes of goods, hand power tool sets and power washers, were selected driven by two broad considerations: (1) their realization reflects current industrial practices of the global economy, including the range of design, manufacturing and services required to support successful realization and commercialization of a product, and (2) manufacturing processes involved in the production of a range of components in these products map well with the manufacturing capabilities of our laboratories; students will therefore be able to prototype some components in future manufacturing processes courses. Students working in groups disassemble each product and create solid models for all parts. These models will allow students to create some of the outputs generated by the design function such as component drawings, assembly models, exploded assemblies, bill of materials and assembly charts. They will be stored in an electronic repository for concurrent and subsequent access supporting activities performed in other classes. In Human Factors, students focus on grip design. As students acquire Engineering Economics, Manufacturing Systems and Mathematical Modeling expertise, they then concentrate on decisions regarding the optimal make/buy mix of product components, inventory management, and the design and implementation of manufacturing processes needed for the realization of in house components. Similarly, Supply Chain and Service Engineering knowledge is then applied to the global sourcing of “buy” components and the design and management of services attached to the product. Throughout these activities, students will maintain and upgrade a portfolio documenting all the work and deliverables produced in various classes around these products. This portfolio will help them realize the connectedness and complementary nature of core IE concepts, methods and tools for the successful realization of a consumer product.

Terpenny, J. P., & Harmonosky, C. M., & Lehtihet, A., & Prabhu, V., & Freivalds, A., & Joshi, E. M., & Ventura, J. A. (2018, June), Product-based Learning: Bundling Goods and Services for an Integrated Context-rich Industrial Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30895

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