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Systems Engineering Educators Workshop

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Programs in Support of Systems Engineering Education

Tagged Division

Systems Engineering

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23.1127.1 - 23.1127.9



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Valerie Maier-Speredelozzi University of Rhode Island

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Valerie Maier-Speredelozzi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. Her interests include lean manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation systems.

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Colleen Grinham

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Colleen Grinham is a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Rhode Island. Her interests include renewable energy resources for developing countries.

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manbir sodhi University of Rhode Island

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Systems Engineering Educators WorkshopA Systems Engineering Educators Workshop was developed with a target audience of middle school andhigh school teachers. The objective was to introduce topics that could be easily brought into middle andhigh school classrooms with active learning exercises related to industrial and systems engineering, withan emphasis on the aerospace industry. Teachers learned concepts of systems engineering, designnotebooks and engineering drawings, reverse engineering, transportation optimization problems, andtravelling salesman problems. They also toured a local distribution center. Several of the activities werebased on engineering education websites, and information about further resources was included so thatthe teachers could continue to integrate more engineering content into their classrooms. For the activitiesthat were introduced during the 2-day workshop, materials were provided to help the teachers adapt theactivity for their classroom, demonstrate sample student worksheets, and link to K-12 grade levelexpectations or standards. Graduate and undergraduate engineering students were hired to work with thefaculty on program development and recruiting, administration of the program, and follow-up during theschool year. To entice K-12 teachers to participate during their summer break, a stipend was provided forup to ten participants. A project work site was set up online to allow the teachers to continue tocommunicate as they implement the activities in their classrooms, and provide further feedback andimplementation assessment with different settings. Feedback after the workshop was very positive, andthe organizers hope to repeat and expand the program.

Maier-Speredelozzi, V., & Grinham, C., & sodhi, M. (2013, June), Systems Engineering Educators Workshop Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22512

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