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Theme-based Teaching /Learning: A New Approach in Teaching Manufacturing Processes

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Teaching - Best Practices

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23.1245.1 - 23.1245.12



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Masud Salimian Morgan State University

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Faculty at the department of industrial engineering, Morgan State University

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Yaseen Mahmud Morgan State University


Avis L. Ransom Morgan State University School of Engineering

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Early career engagement as a systems and logistics engineer by Department of Defense contractors, Avis Ransom, applied a bachelor's degree in chemistry and an M.B.A. in the management and development of technology and in the application of engineering to address DoD requirements. Following fifteen years of self employment as a business development consultant, she joined Morgan State University's School of Engineering. As Principle Investigator for a Department of Energy contract to transform the building services industry she works with a team to improve training and education for careers related to the high performance (energy efficient) building industry, develops related curricula, enhances career awareness and develops business strategies to help the industry transformation processes. She seeks to explore the postulate that the industrial engineering core competencies offer significant advantages when learning the complex set of skills and knowledge required to audit and analyze buildings for energy efficiency. As staff for the Dean of the School of Engineering, she develops projects, plans and implements strategies and develops and documents reports, newsletters and proposals.

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Theme-based Teaching /Learning: A New Approach in Teaching Manufacturing ProcessesOne of the most challenging aspects of teaching manufacturing processes is the lack oflaboratory equipment for the vast variety of the processes and techniques involved. In fact,economically it is almost impossible to have the vast range of facilities for presenting even asmall portion of the wide spectrum of those techniques. Additionally, new and improvedprocesses with the focus on nanotechnology, green technology, and sustainable manufacturingrequire a whole new set of facilities and approaches. To rectify the situation, a theme-basedapproach has been introduced into an undergraduate manufacturing processes class with threemain goals: 1. To get students involved in literature research around one major theme related to manufacturing; 2. To investigate, in some depth, the pros and cons of different approaches of the theme topic to the process under discussion; 3. Apply the knowledge gained to improve understanding of the complexity of the issues involved in manufacturing systems.We have selected the theme of “Energy used in manufacturing processes”. Students are requiredto investigate, write reports, produce presentations (both PowerPoint and poster) and discuss therole of energy in manufacturing. This includes the cost of production, its environmental impact,and where savings can be garnered through efficiency related to energy use. This themeembraces the idea of training ‘energy engineers’ who are skilled in assessing energy efficienciesand sustainability related to manufacturing. Laboratory experiments have also been developedusing a multi-disciplinary approach to give students hands-on experience in energymeasurements and economic calculations related to the cost of energy given various processes. We are collecting data from an engineering education standpoint and assessing student learningin the class as well as the laboratory environment with a goal of developing the group of skilledstudents that might be the nuclei of a new ‘Energy Engineering and Management Concentration’.

Salimian, M., & Mahmud, Y., & Ransom, A. L. (2013, June), Theme-based Teaching /Learning: A New Approach in Teaching Manufacturing Processes Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22630

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