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Using Kaizen Process to Improve Learning Outcomes Manufacturing Simulation Projects

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Learning Strategies

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Zhenhua Wu Virginia State University

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Dr. Zhenhua Wu, is currently an Associate Professor in Manufacturing Engineering at Virginia State University. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. His current research interests focus on cybermanufacturing, sustainable manufacturing, adaptive machining.

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Amir Javaheri Virginia State University

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Simulation is a core course for many Manufacturing Engineering related programs. This course introduces discrete event simulation methods with emphasis on application in manufacturing systems or service systems. The topic of queueing theory in operations research is used to illustrate the importance of simulation as a problem-solving tool. Concepts and techniques of simulation modeling are covered. It also requires statistical concepts and techniques to obtain representative data, to apply the data and statistics to the modeling, and evaluate the results. To help the course learning, term projects are usually assigned to the students. The authors have been teaching this course for over ten years. Kaizen process has been used in the Simulation course project to continuously improve learning outcome. This paper details Kaizen process, which includes 1) identification of problems, 2) displaying of problems, 3) action to clear problems, and 4) check and acknowledge, in improving student learning in simulation project. This continuous improvement process can be used not only for teaching Simulation course, but also be referred for other course education.

Wu, Z., & Javaheri, A. (2020, June), Using Kaizen Process to Improve Learning Outcomes Manufacturing Simulation Projects Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35465

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