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Role Of Manufacturing Programs In Engineering Workforce Development

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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Manufacturing Curricula for the Year 2015 and Beyond

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14.1036.1 - 14.1036.23



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Venkitaswamy Raju State University of New York-Farmingdale

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The author is a Professor of Manufacturing Engineering Technology and the Director of Science and Technology Programs at the State University of New York† Farmingdale. His prior assignments include teaching and research at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Purdue School of Engineering Technology at the Indiana University† Purdue University, Indianapolis, and the Florida A&M University. He is a member of the Manufacturing Higher Education Task Force and the Accreditation Committee of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. His current research interests are in nanofabrication, enterprise resource planning, software applications for ERP and supply chain, technology policy and manufacturing education.

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Role of Manufacturing Programs in Engineering Workforce Development

V. Raju, Ph.D. Professor, Manufacturing Engineering Technology Director, Science and Technology Programs ( ) State University of New York – Farmingdale, NY 11735


The project leading to this paper was carried out as part of SME’s efforts to prepare the manufacturing curricula for the year 2015 and beyond. In doing so, it considered the role of manufacturing in the global economy, the factors affecting the scope of manufacturing, and the current efforts to revitalize manufacturing in the various parts of the world. It then reviewed the curricular models proposed to address the needs of the manufacturing industry. As an extension of the analysis, recommendations were made on the key aspects of a manufacturing curriculum with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. Further, the recommendations included the creation of a flexible degree program that emphasized learning over teaching, development of a network of academic institutions around the globe to deliver the program, use of communication technologies to provide access to the program to anyone at anytime and anywhere in the world, and an outreach to future manufacturing professionals. The paper presents the results of the study.


1. Introduction 2. Current Context of Manufacturing 3. Transformation in Manufacturing 4. Global Strategies for the Growth of Manufacturing 5. Worldwide Educational Programs to Promote Manufacturing 6. Manufacturing Competencies – A Recommendation 7. Strategies for Enhancing the Role of Manufacturing Education 8. 8. Summary 9. References

Raju, V. (2009, June), Role Of Manufacturing Programs In Engineering Workforce Development Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5151

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