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Results of the First Six Years of a 2+2 Online BS Industrial Engineering Degree Pathway

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Industrial Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Industrial Engineering

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Diversity

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16

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Robert Kelley Bradley Lamar University

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Dr. Bradley has Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Rice University and a B.A. in Biochemistry from Beloit College. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Electrical Engineering Department at Rice University, and a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA JSC in the Materials and Processes Branch. He has previously been the Manager of the University of Houston Nanofabrication Facility and a High School Physics Teacher at South Houston High School. He has worked for several startup companies and cofounded NoPo Nanotechnologies in Bangalore India and NeuroRex in Houston Texas. He is an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Lamar University where he teaches online and face-to-face courses including senior design, technology entrepreneurship, and other graduate and undergraduate courses.

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James C. Curry Lamar University

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Dr. James Curry is an Associate Professor in the Lamar Industrial Engineering department.

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Victor Zaloom P.E. Lamar University

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Dr. Zaloom is currently Interim Chair and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Lamar University . He has previously served as Interim Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Interim Dean of the College of Engineering, and Associate Dean of Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, He completed a BSIE and Masters degree at the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Houston.

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Brian Craig P.E. Lamar University

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Brian Craig, PhD, PE, CPE, is Dean of the College of Engineering, the Director of the Mariner Safety Research Initiative and leading the startup of the Center for Midstream Management and Science at Lamar University. Dr. Craig’s expertise lies in the fields of human factors, ergonomics and safety (HFES). In collaboration with national researchers, practitioners and industry partners, he has (co)developed models, publications, training materials and procedures, etc. that enhance maritime and offshore design, usability and safety performance. Dr. Craig holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering (specializing in human factors, ergonomics and safety), a MS in Industrial Engineering, a BS in Industrial Engineering, and a BS in Bioengineering all from Texas A&M University, College Station. He has (co)authored/presented over 50 scientific journals, refereed conference proceedings, and worldwide industry guidance documents on maritime safety culture, near-miss, incident and safety performance, practice, and design and is frequent speaker at shipping and offshore industry meetings. He has been PI on over 25 industry and government supported HFES research projects totaling over $1.6M over ($2.4 M including co-PI), mostly in the maritime industry.

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Berna Eren Tokgoz Lamar University

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Dr. Berna Eren Tokgoz is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Engineering at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. She received her BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey in 1997 and 2000, respectively, and her Ph.D. in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk, VA in 2012. She was a Graduate Research Assistant during her MS and Ph.D. studies. She was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at ODU between 2013 and 2014. Her research interests include resilience, resilience quantification, risk, vulnerability, system of systems engineering, critical infrastructures, and port management.

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Alberto Marquez P.E. Lamar University

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Alberto Marquez is an associate professor in the Industrial Engineering Department at Lamar University. His previous academic appointment was Department Chair of Industrial Engineering at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico City.

His research interests include modeling for decision making and optimization, with applications to supply chain, heuristic algorithm development, effective modeling and training for decision making. His publications encompass the developing of decision support systems for supply chain design; manufacturing, transportation and warehousing optimization, manufacturing capacity modeling and forecasting, simulation, scheduling, inventory policy, and process design and optimization.

He got his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at Arizona State University in 1999 with a Fulbright-Conacyt scholarship.

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Yueqing Li Lamar University

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Yueqing Li is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Lamar University. His research focuses on human factors & ergonomics, human-computer interaction, and driving safety.

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Maryam Hamidi Lamar University

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Weihang Zhu University of Houston

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Weihang Zhu is an Associate Professor of Engineering Technology, University of Houston, USA since 2018. Previously he was a Professor of Industrial Engineering, Lamar University, from 2005 to 2018. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University (2003), USA and his M.S. (2000) and B.S. (1997) in Mechanical and Energy Engineering at Zhejiang University, China. His research interests include Engineering Education, Computer haptics, CAD/CAM, high performance computing, meta-heuristics, multi-axis NC surface machining.

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Xinyu Liu Lamar University

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Dr. Xinyu Liu is a professor in Industrial & System Engineering Department at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. Prior to joining Lamar in Fall 2007, Dr. Liu worked as a research engineer in Microlution Inc., a startup company dedicated in micromanufacturing: machine design and process optimization. He received his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. He got both his MS and BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1999 and 1997, respectively.

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Acyut Kaneria

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Abstract

This paper reports on the success and difficulties with a 2 + 2 online Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE) at Lamar University. The degree pathway was launched in fall 2014. In the 2+2 online model, students complete the first two years at a community college and the final 2 years online at Lamar University. This approach provides a pathway for students who cannot attend a traditional 4-year program due to barriers such as full-time work, location, financial limitations, and dependent care responsibilities. The final two years are online except for a one weekend manufacturing lab where students make a metal hammer in a machine shop. The remaining labs including Work Design, CAD/CAM, Simulation, Senior Design, and Automation have been adapted to online learning.

The program has grown to 15 to 20 graduates per year. Most students transfer with the lower coursework complete including math to differential equations, physics, and chemistry. Lamar University currently also offers all lower division courses online except for physics online that allows students to complete any missing requirements. The online students are a diverse population with a wide range of backgrounds. Many online students are early and mid-career students who work full-time primarily in manufacturing and chemical industries in a wide range of roles. A smaller group of students are traditional students that attend pre-engineering programs at community colleges and want to remain in their community. The department also receives students who are unable to complete at a 4-year school due to relocation and job-related issues. Placing all upper division courses online has also aided our traditional on campus students by giving students the opportunity to take a course while at co-ops and internships.

Survey feedback from face to face and online students indicates no major issues with the educational experience. Outcome assessment data and student course evaluations indicates a similar level of performance between online and face to face students. Student placement data does not indicate problems with the online program.

Bradley, R. K., & Curry, J. C., & Zaloom, V., & Craig, B., & Eren Tokgoz, B., & Marquez, A., & Li, Y., & Hamidi, M., & Zhu, W., & Liu, X., & Kaneria, A. (2021, July), Results of the First Six Years of a 2+2 Online BS Industrial Engineering Degree Pathway Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37678

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