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University/Industry Partnership: Customized Electrical Engineering Fundamentals Program For Non Electrical Engineers At Delco Electronics

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.569.1 - 4.569.5

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Chi-Wook Lee

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Session 2322

University/Industry Partnership: Customized Electrical Engineering Fundamentals Program For Non-Electrical Engineers at Delco Electronics

Chi-Wook Lee

Department of Mechanical Engineering University of the Pacific


Engineering curriculum must stay abreast with changes taking place throughout industry in the way products are designed, developed, and manufactured. As technology advances, new and more challenging problems force manufacturing companies to adapt and overcome obstacles in order to stay competitive. This may be accomplished by emphasizing education and training. More companies are shifting much of the education and training responsibilities back to the educational institutions. The new advances in technology must be studied and understood by universities so that engineering curriculum incorporates them while maintaining the principle of coherence. Universities and industry need better communication and closer interactions. Engineering students must be exposed to the leading advances in technology, and be familiar with the latest trend in design, fabrication, and implementation of various manufacturing processes. This paper discusses a specific university/industry partnership that uses the resources efficiently in meeting the spectrum of needs of industry. The objective of this partnership is to develop and implement a customized electrical engineering fundamentals program for non-electrical engineers at Delco Electronics in Flint, Michigan.

I. Introduction

Today’s products and manufacturing systems are complex, because they are composed of integrated mechanical and electronic components, and operate with the aid of control and decision making software. The design and fabrication of such products and manufacturing systems require knowledge in all relevant areas such as manufacturing processes, materials, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. An integrated multidisciplinary approach to the design of products and manufacturing systems is needed, and presents a challenge for today’s engineers1. In addition, there exist increasing problems when engineers work as a team. Since most engineers were trained in one of the traditional engineering fields (e.g., mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and so on), they may not be able to communicate effectively among team members. For example, mechanical engineers may not understand how the mechanical components should work with the electrical and electronic components as a system. Within both the industrial and academic sectors in this country there are significant motivations for strategic alliances. One of the factors motivating these alliances is an increased appreciation

Lee, C. (1999, June), University/Industry Partnership: Customized Electrical Engineering Fundamentals Program For Non Electrical Engineers At Delco Electronics Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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