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The Four Pillars of Manufacturing Engineering: What Engineering and Technology Graduates Should Know About Manufacturing

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Four Pillars of Manufacturing Engineering

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Manufacturing

Page Count

14

Page Numbers

25.1299.1 - 25.1299.14

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https://peer.asee.org/22056

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Robert L. Mott University of Dayton

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Robert L. Mott is Professor Emeritus of engineering technology at the University of Dayton, member of the Steering Committee of the SME Manufacturing Education & Research Community, Senior Staff of the NSF-sponsored National Center for Manufacturing Education, author of four textbooks in the mechanical engineering technology field, and a Fellow of ASEE.

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Ronald J. Bennett Ph.D. Univeristy of Saint Thomas

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Ronald J. Bennett holds the Honeywell Chair in Global Technology Management in the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas after having served as the Founding Dean. He holds a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering and an M.B.A. With a background of more than 20 years in industry, Bennett teaches and publishes on diverse topics including materials engineering, technical innovation, technology transfer, manufacturing, leadership, and engineering education. He is an EAC of ABET Commissioner for SME and leads the SME Center for Education.

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Hugh Jack P.Eng. Grand Valley State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4299-8561

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Hugh Jack is a professor of product design and manufacturing engineering at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. His specialties include automation, design projects, and internet application development.

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Steve Wendel Sinclair Community College

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Mark J. Stratton Society of Manufacturing Engineers

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Mark Stratton is a member and Industry Relations Manager of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers at their international headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. He serves the manufacturing education and research community and the SME Center for Education, coordinating the role of SME in higher education and workforce development. He is engaged in initiatives that focus input from industry and academia on curricula that prepare graduates for employment in manufacturing industries, assessing the quality of manufacturing education programs through accreditation, faculty development, resource development, publication of manufacturing research, and recognition programs in education and research. He was Manager then Executive Director of the SME Education Foundation when it was established and has served in a variety of management roles at SME in professional development and continuing education, membership, student membership and chapter development, and relations with colleges and universities.

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V. Raju VIT University

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V. Raju is the current Vice Chancellor of VIT University, Vellore, India. As a member of SME and ASEE, in the past, he has worked as a faculty member, researcher, or administrator at RIT, Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University-Purdue University, MIT, Florida A&M University, and the State University of New York.

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Winston F. Erevelles St.Mary's University

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Winston F. Erevelles is a professor of engineering and the Dean of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at St. Mary’s University. Erevelles earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Bangalore University, India, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in engineering management (manufacturing engineering emphasis) from the University of Missouri, Rolla. His interests are in the areas of automation, industrial robotics, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, and manufacturing processes.

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Phil Waldrop Georgia Southern University

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Phil Waldrop is an appointed leadership member of the SME Manufacturing Education and Research Community. He received his B.S. degree from Ball State University and a Ph.D. degree from Purdue University. He has taught industrial technology, manufacturing engineering, and industrial management courses at the University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, Ohio University, and Georgia Southern University. Having retired in May 2011, he continues to be involved in teaching online graduate courses and in consulting. He has more than 12 years of direct experience in industry, primarily in management of advanced manufacturing R&D in the aerospace field. Waldrop is an author or co-author of numerous related papers and journal articles and is a co-author of two textbooks. He has served as President of two divisions of ATMAE. Among his several significant awards are the SME Award of Merit and the Freedoms Foundation Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education.

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Abstract

THE FOUR PILLARS OF MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING: WHAT ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY GRADUATES SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MANUFACTURING The Four Pillars of Manufacturing Engineering essentially differentiates the uniquecharacter of manufacturing, manufacturing engineering and manufacturing engineeringtechnology, defines the standard for advanced manufacturing topics, and provides a body ofknowledge concept with which all those engaged in advanced manufacturing education canalign. Developed by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) through its Center forEducation, the four pillars are derived from the ABET accreditation criteria for manufacturingengineering programs and build on the topics in the SME-defined body of knowledge for thecertification of manufacturing engineers and manufacturing technologists. The concept of thefour pillars encompasses: 1) Materials and manufacturing processes; 2) Product, tooling, andassembly engineering; 3) Manufacturing systems and operations; and 4) Manufacturingcompetitiveness. The Four Pillars of Manufacturing Engineering is a tool for promoting greaterunderstanding of the breadth and depth of the field of manufacturing engineering. Initiatives areunderway, led by the SME Center for Education, to build on this foundation, to promulgate theconcept broadly within SME, and to engage in dialog with other professional societies thatrepresent engineering, engineering technology, industrial technology, and related educationalprograms from whose graduates enter manufacturing-related career paths. Supporting materialsare to be developed to aid in helping to inform a broader array of manufacturing professionals,post-secondary educators, high school educators, public policy officials, media representatives,governmental agencies, and the general public about the manufacturing engineering field. Thispaper will provide a status report on these efforts, demonstrate how the Four Pillars may be usedby various audiences to position their organizations and initiatives, and outline additional plansfor future implementation.

Mott, R. L., & Bennett, R. J., & Jack, H., & Wendel, S., & Stratton, M. J., & Raju, V., & Erevelles, W. F., & Waldrop, P. (2012, June), The Four Pillars of Manufacturing Engineering: What Engineering and Technology Graduates Should Know About Manufacturing Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/22056

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