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Using Transparent Factory Design Projects to Enhance Engineering Management Teaching

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Engineering Management Division Technical Session 3

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Engineering Management

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26.1690.1 - 26.1690.10



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S. Gary Teng University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Dr. S. Gary Teng is Professor of Systems Engineering & Engineering Management and Director of Center for Lean Logistics and Engineered Systems at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds a P.E. license in the State of Wisconsin. His research interests are in engineering system design, analysis and management, supply chain management, lean systems, and risk management. Dr. Teng received the Bernard R. Sarchet Award in the Engineering Management Division of ASEE in June 2012 for his accomplishment in engineering management education.

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Using Transparent Plant Project to Enhance Engineering Management TeachingThe objective of this paper is to discuss the effect of using a transparent factory concept as a termproject to enhance the teaching of engineering management principles and practices in classwork that can enrich students’ understanding of the current issues in engineering managementand project management. In today’s global business environment, engineering managers need tohandle projects and engineering tasks which involve multiple collaborating parties and broaderengineering and business issues. These issues consist of not only technical related engineeringand management issues, but also much broader concerns, such as marketing and branding of thework, prospective upcoming values generated by the work, and potential economic issuesconnecting local and regional communities as well as the company.It is critical for engineering management professionals and students to understand thesignificance of these broader concerns in their work. This paper aims at showing an effectiveway to cover these broader issues in engineering management education by using term projects,for instance, transparent plant projects, in engineering management courses. The intention hereis to show the student project work on launching a transparent plant in the local area and toreveal how the change in project requirement’s emphasis alters the approach of their projectwork from traditional factory design for production to factory design for marketing, branding,and business development. The discussion also points to the ways to enhance engineeringmanagement education and training in order to obtain an adequate level of skills to cope with awide-ranging engineering management concerns in today’s global business environment.

Teng, S. G. (2015, June), Using Transparent Factory Design Projects to Enhance Engineering Management Teaching Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25026

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