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Teaching Lean Principles through Simulation Games

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Manufacturing Curriculum and Course Innovations

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Faisal Aqlan Penn State Behrend Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Faisal Aqlan is an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Penn State Behrend. He earned the B.S. and M.S. in industrial engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2007 and 2010, respectively and the Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at Behrend, Dr. Aqlan was a faculty member in industrial and system engineering at the University of New Haven where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. Aqlan has also worked on industry projects with Innovation Associates Company and IBM Corporation. His work has resulted in both business value and intellectual property. He has published several papers in reputed journals and conferences. Dr. Aqlan is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and has received numerous awards and honors including the IBM Vice President award for innovation excellence.

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E. George Walters III P.E. Penn State Behrend

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Dr. George Walters is an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from Penn State Harrisburg, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, both from Lehigh University. He has been a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania since 1998.

Dr. Walters worked in industry as a controls and automation engineer for eighteen years prior to joining the faculty at Behrend in 2010. Most of his experience is in the design, development, and commissioning of PLC-based control systems for the food & beverage and cement industries. He has developed and teaches a course on PLC-based control systems for engineers. He also teaches a course on advanced digital design using FPGAs, a course on embedded systems using 8- and 32-bit microcontrollers, and the two-semester capstone project sequence for electrical and computer engineers at Behrend.

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In recent years, several training simulation games have been developed by academic and industry experts to support the teaching and learning activities of Lean philosophy. Using simulation games to teach Lean philosophy is an effective tool to convey the concepts to students. This paper discusses the teaching of Lean manufacturing principles to high school and undergraduate students through hands-on simulation experiments. Several Lean workshops and simulation games are offered to the students. Lean workshops aim to teach students the basics of Lean manufacturing as well as different Lean tools and techniques. Lean factory simulations include a set of hands-on experiments to teach students about manufacturing systems and Lean process improvement. In addition, Lean projects are implemented by undergraduate students in partnership with local industry. For each Lean activity, qualitative and quantitative data are collected and analyzed to assess the outcomes of the simulations, projects, and workshops.

Aqlan, F., & Walters, E. G. (2017, June), Teaching Lean Principles through Simulation Games Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28921

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