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Trends In Manufacturing Education Programs: 2011 Report

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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State of Manufacturing Engineering Education

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22.1553.1 - 22.1553.8



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Steven Wendel Sinclair Community College

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Steve Wendel
Director, National Center for Manufacturing Education

Director, Project Lead The Way - Ohio Affiliate

Sinclair Community College
444 W. Third St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402

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TRENDS IN MANUFACTURING EDUCATION PROGRAMS: 2011 REPORTFollowing up on its 2009 research, the National Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME)continues to explore trends in manufacturing education programs. This paper presents acompilation of results from the “Question(s) of the Week” framework designed to preface the2011 study and move the trends report towards and ongoing, dynamic source of relevantinformation for engineering technology educators engaged in the design and delivery ofmanufacturing education.An overview of previous studies will be presented, specifically: Trends in ManufacturingEducation Programs (Feola and Hardin, 2009, NCME); The State of Manufacturing EngineeringTechnology Education (Danielson and Georgeou, 2007, ASEE); and Reinventing ManufacturingEngineering: Refocusing and Exploring Future Opportunities for Students (Davis and Jack,2005, ASEE). This earlier research provided insight regarding the health of post-secondarymanufacturing programs and factors influencing these programs.In conjunction with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME); SME ManufacturingEducation & Research (MER) Community; and the American Society for Engineering Education(ASEE) Manufacturing Division, the objective of the 2011 NCME study is to continue andexpand on the research efforts from 2005 to 2009. This most recent study again provides analysisof industry needs in manufacturing education, and aims to foster communication amongeducation programs and other groups interested in strengthening the manufacturing sector of theUS economy.Manufacturing education programs continue to change and evolve to meet what seems to bemany of the same challenges faced since the initial research in 2005, such as negativeinformation and images in the mass media about manufacturing, the effects of the 2008 financialcrisis and the ongoing struggles with economic recovery, and declining enrollments. Despitethese and other issues, manufacturing engineering and technology education programs continueto meet the technological and organizational needs of their industry, business, and governmentcustomers within and beyond the United States.The 2011 survey respondents provide valuable data that explores program trends to help us betterunderstand the health of our manufacturing education programs. For example, open responsesoffered by schools describe program strengths and challenges and keys to attracting newstudents, among other pertinent information. Manufacturing educators across the country areinvited to use this report to gain insight and to benchmark their own programs.

Wendel, S. (2011, June), Trends In Manufacturing Education Programs: 2011 Report Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18826

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