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Responding to Emergencies Using Local Industry: Service Learning with Manufacturing EngineersABSTRACTA very successful Engineering College has revised its Mission Statement to include a focus on"benefiting humanity." This is a result of several successful efforts and projects undertaken toserve the local community and reach out to communities in need in developing countries andelsewhere. The most recent project relates to disaster preparedness and has been launched fromwithin the Manufacturing Engineering program. It involves the creation of the RELI Center; i.e.,Responding to Emergencies using Local Industry. The mission of the center is “to revolutionizethe way communities respond to emergencies by developing products and systems that mitigatedisastrous effects and that will be produced and implemented as needed by local industry.”Although the concept of just-in-time has worked well for manufacturers by cutting costs andreducing inventory, it has been a difficult development for those government agencies chargedwith responding to large-scale emergencies and disasters since there are fewer storagewarehouses on hand that are full of supplies that could be used on short notice. The first goal ofthis project is to make just-in-time work for these government responders by setting up a systemof ready production within the capabilities of local manufacturers who can provide neededsupplies in the event of an emergency. The project has the potential for drastically reducing thecosts of disaster preparedness by having the correct supplies ready to be produced and distributedlocally, rather than needing to be stored in bulk or flown in at a moments notice from elsewhere.In addition, the supplies themselves would be cheaper for the government to purchase sincemuch of the design and development work for the products will have been performed as acommunity service by university students as part of their educational experience. The secondgoal of the project is to engage these engineering students in designing and developing newproducts that may be used for emergencies in the local community. The entire effort ismotivating a variety of students to take on aspects of the problem as capstone projects and toparticipate in these “service learning” activities.This paper describes the first two years of projects for the RELI Center, undertaken by a team ofIndustrial and Manufacturing Engineering students at the University. The first project involvedthe design and prototype of a bicycle-powered electric generator for fabrication and use duringemergency extended power outages. The project was successful in bringing enthusiasm andinterest into manufacturing engineering education in a new way, focused on service tocommunity. The second project is attempting to design and develop a mobile water filtrationsystem in collaboration with a local company. The system would be produced rapidly anddeployed in the event of a major disaster that compromised water sources. The educationalobjective of the RELI Center is provide a framework for an endless stream of products andservices that excite current and future engineering students to complete multi-disciplinaryprojects that serve the community in the area of disaster preparedness and response.
Waldorf, D. J. (2011, June), Responding to Emergencies Using Local Industry: Service Learning with Manufacturing Engineers Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18831
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