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Teaching Control Charts for Attributes Using the Mouse Factory

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Technology and Equipment to Improve IE Instruction

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Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering

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25.1244.1 - 25.1244.13



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Douglas H. Timmer University of Texas, Pan American

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Douglas Timmer is a professor in manufacturing engineering and the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas, Pan American.

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Miguel Gonzalez University of Texas, Pan American

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Miguel A. Gonzalez serves as the Interim Vice Provost for Research and Sponsored Projects at the University of Texas, Pan American. He has a significant amount of executive industry experience where he held managerial and executive positions including President and CEO of a large citrus processor, and throughout his experience, Gonzalez’ professional and academic activities are focused on an overall mission to provide opportunities for student involvement by developing and maintaining a strong reputation of excellence. In the area of professional achievement, he has been able to obtain over $6 million in funding for his academic activities from various sources including NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Advanced Research Program, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, and the U.S. Department of Labor. He has been engaged in the assessment and training of human factors associated with healthcare systems from the time of his doctoral dissertation. He has developed simulators for labs and healthcare providers together with integrated Logistics support systems for Advanced Cardiac Life Support. One of his current interests is in the area of manufacturing systems for rapid product design and development in international production. An extension of this work is the current effort that established the UTPA Rapid Response Manufacturing Center in a consortium of academic institutions, economic development corporations, industry, local, state, and federal governments. This initiative is an integral component of the North American Advanced Manufacturing and Research Initiative (NAAMREI). In addition, he has served and continues to serve in leadership positions in technology based economic development in the Rio South Texas region.

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Connie M. Borror Arizona State University, West


Douglas C. Montgomery Arizona State University

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Douglas C. Montgomery is Regents’ Professor of industrial engineering and statistics and Foundation Professor of engineering at Arizona State University. His research and teaching interests are in industrial statistics. Montgomery is a Fellow of the ASA, a Fellow of the ASQ, a Fellow of the RSS, a Fellow of IIE, a Member of the ISI, and an Academician of the IAQ. He has received several teaching and research awards, including the Shewhart Medal, the Brumbaugh Award and the Lloyd Nelson Award from the ASQ, the George Box medal from ENBIS, the Greenfeld medal from the Royal Statistical Society, and the Deming Lecture award from the American Statistical Association.

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Teaching Control Charts for Attributes using the Mouse FactoryAbstractThe Mouse Factory contains a set of web-based, active learning modules for teaching statisticalquality control. This paper will present teaching control charts for attributes using the MouseFactory. The current pedagogy in today’s classrooms is based upon lectures and homeworkproblems from textbooks. This approach typically focuses on the knowledge and applicationdomains of Bloom’s Taxonomy. The current pedagogy removes students from applying higherorder cognitive skills. By using the Mouse Factory, students must select the most appropriateimprovement project to undertake, design a sampling plan, implement a control chart andevaluate the effectiveness of the implement control chart. Assessment of student behavior andattitudes will be discussed and evaluated.

Timmer, D. H., & Gonzalez, M., & Borror, C. M., & Montgomery, D. C. (2012, June), Teaching Control Charts for Attributes Using the Mouse Factory Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22001

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