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The Integrated Learning Factory: An Educational Paradigm's First Year Of Operation

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.564.1 - 3.564.19



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Michael Safoutin

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Jens Jorgensen

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Joseph A. Heim

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Dale E. Calkins

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Session 3666

“The Integrated Learning Factory: An Educational Paradigm’s First Year of Operation”

Dale Calkins, Jens Jorgensen, Michael Safoutin, Joseph Heim University of Washington


The Integrated Learning Factory (ILF) is a facility that supports product realization within a new practice based engineering curriculum developed and adopted by the participating universities of the Manufacturing Engineering Education Partnership (MEEP). MEEP comprises the University of Washington, Penn State University and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez with Sandia National Laboratories. The first year of operation of the University of Washington’s ILF is described including the successes and problems.

1) Manufacturing Engineering Education Partnership (MEEP)

The Manufacturing Engineering Education Partnership (MEEP), which consists of Penn State University, University of Washington, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, and Sandia National Laboratories, was formed in order to provide a new, practice-based, manufacturing- oriented engineering curriculum. MEEP provides a new paradigm for the undergraduate engineering experience by providing a proper balance between engineering science and engineering practice. The partnership, with essential input from industry leaders, established an Integrated Learning Factory (ILF) at each school and intimately coupled it with an alternative Core Curriculum. The ILF concepts at each of the partner schools are described in DeMeter, et 1 2 al. and Lamancusa, et al.

2) Integrated Learning Factory (ILF) Description

The Integrated Learning Factory at the University of Washington is now operating in its second year. As a new instructional laboratory of the College of Engineering, it simulates a design and manufacturing workplace and supports the new interdisciplinary Product Realization minor, which encourages a hands-on approach to integrating design, manufacturing and business. The Integrated Learning Factory is a new approach to design and manufacturing engineering education. It combines curriculum revitalization with coordinated opportunities for application and hands-on experience.

Safoutin, M., & Jorgensen, J., & Heim, J. A., & Calkins, D. E. (1998, June), The Integrated Learning Factory: An Educational Paradigm's First Year Of Operation Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7204

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