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Using Design Contests To Enhance Manufacturing Education

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.689.1 - 5.689.8



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Devdas M. Pai

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Shih-Liang Wang

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Juri Filatovs

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Richard Layton

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Session 3263

Using Design Contests to Enhance Manufacturing Education

Devdas M. Pai, Juri Filatovs & Richard Layton North Carolina A&T State University


Synthesis and design of new materials, devices and processes is typically considered the capstone of the engineering education experience. Design contests of one sort or another proliferate engineering societies of all disciplines. Less emphasis is placed on manufacturing - the basic enabling technology required to reduce art to part. For curricula that allocate insufficient curricular credits for courses explicitly labeled as manufacturing; invention, as a wag has remarked, becomes the necessity of mother. In this paper, the authors describe their experiences with the use of design contests as a tool for manufacturing engineering education.


Since engineers are valued for their creative and problem-solving skills, it is but natural that project work constitutes a large part of their professional training. The undergraduate mechanical engineering curriculum at NC A&T State University is no exception to this norm. The mechanical systems stem of this curriculum begins with a manufacturing and instrumentation lab course, followed by courses in machine design, manufacturing processes and industrial automation. Most of these courses entail design projects. Having to work on many diverse short-term projects hinders the student’s development of depth in understanding. We have been experimenting with the use of selected aspects of a national professional society sponsored design contest problem to emphasize important principles in design and manufacturing across several courses.

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Pai, D. M., & Wang, S., & Filatovs, J., & Layton, R. (2000, June), Using Design Contests To Enhance Manufacturing Education Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8807

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