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Transforming Undergraduate Curriculum for Green Plastics Manufacturing Technology

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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23.1268.1 - 23.1268.8



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Spencer Seung-hyun Kim Rochester Institute of Technology (CAST)

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Dr. Spencer Kim is an associate professor in Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering Technology/Packaging Science Department (MMET/PS) at RIT and serves as associate director of American Packaging Corporation Center for Packaging Innovation at RIT. He previously worked in the semiconductor industry. Dr. Kim, as a PI or co-PI, received grants and sponsorships from NSF, SME, SPE, universities, and industries. In 2009, he was nominated for the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, RIT’s premiere teaching award. Dr. Kim has directed numerous undergraduate research projects and undergraduate and graduate research competitions in the 2012 GPEC (Global Plastics Environment Conference; Division of Society of Plastics Engineers).

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Transforming Undergraduate Curriculum for Green Plastics Manufacturing Technology (GPMT) ABSTRACTOne of the most important subjects in engineering and technology programs is manufacturing.Manufacturing involves a complex system of materials, machines and people. Plasticsmanufacturing technology is a multidisciplinary field that deals with product design, prototypingand modeling, production and process design, materials testing and characterization, processautomation and robotics, and quality control. “Green Plastics Manufacturing Technology”(GPMT) is an emerging discipline that encompasses a range of activities, such as research anddevelopment of non-toxic and eco-friendly materials to the reduction of waste and pollutionthrough changing patterns of production and consumption.The primary goal of the project is to transform the exiting materials and manufacturingcurriculum to keep pace with the new green technologies in the manufacturing and mechanicalengineering technology/packaging science programs at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).We developed an educational approach and undergraduate teaching modules for Green PlasticsManufacturing Technology within foundational courses in the materials and manufacturingeducation. The outcomes of the project bring innovation and changes, not only in terms ofcreating an effective instructional model for the undergraduate STEM education, but also byencouraging students to do research as they prepare for careers in green plastics manufacturingtechnology (GPMT).

Kim, S. S. (2013, June), Transforming Undergraduate Curriculum for Green Plastics Manufacturing Technology Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22653

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