Manufacturing Education Leadership Forum: Vision for Progress
26th and 27th of June 2008 at
Robert Morris University

The Hat Trick Club room

The Island Sports Center ( )

7600 Grand Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15225, phone (412) 397-3335.

In the first SME meeting on manufacturing education strat­egies in more than a decade, invited delegates will examine key issues for post-secondary learning in manufacturing for the 21st century. The Forum will assess progress and changes in manufacturing education since the landmark "Curriculum 2002" workshop [preface, ch1, ch2, ch3, ch4, ch5, ch6, ch7 ] held in 1994 and lay crucial groundwork for a) widespread improvement in both content and access and b) a future comprehensive conference on manufacturing education.

Key objectives of the Forum are illuminating critical linkages among manufacturing education, a vibrant industrial sector and a healthy economy and development of guidance for vitalizing college and university manufacturing education programs. Invited keynote speakers and panelists will pro­vide perspectives and challenges for delegates to deliber­ate.

The principal business of the Forum will be conducted through a series of invited panels, discussing emerging manufacturing technologies; research-to-instruction bridg­ing; methods of delivery; program design; curriculum con­tent; manufacturing education for other disciplines; attracting students. The Forum will publish guidance for use by educators, administrators, industry planners, and public policy makers.

7:30am - Bus Departs from Doubletree Hotel

8:00 am to 8:30 am - Registration

Attendee Biographies - Note: these are optional

8:30 am to 9:00 am – Opening [Video 38MB]

Welcome – Purpose of conference – Review of agenda - presentation:"Opening Remarks"

Hugh Jack, Professor and Chair, Grand Valley State University

Welcome from forum host and comments on importance to SME

Winston Erevelles, Dean - School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, Robert Morris University

Overview of past conferences with a focus on Curricula 2000/2002 - paper:"A Twenty-Five-Year Journey (and Counting) for Manufacturing Education"

David Wells, Professor, North Dakota State University


            Curriculum 2002 [preface, ch1, ch2, ch3, ch4, ch5, ch6, ch7],

            Curriculum 2000 [intro, MFE courses, MFT courses, Team report ]

    Recorder: Val Hawks (notes)

9:00 am to 10:20 am: Session 1 - Addressing Emerging Technologies in Manufacturing Education [Video 77MB]

Panelists with a broad view will introduce the focus of manufacturing in the 21st century. Ideally the session will identify topics that will define the manufacturing curriculum of the 21st century. The format of this session will be brief presentations by the panelists followed by a group-wide discussion with a focus on attendee contributions. Panelists will explore emerging manufacturing technologies and their integration into manufacturing curricula and other disciplines in engineering and engineering technology education. This may include manufacturing technologies that are not in common usage today, topics currently taught that are still valuable, or on major enhancements of current manufacturing technologies, new product families, green manufacturing, mass customization and other societal-driven concepts, as well as the on-going romance with lean.

Session Leader: Gary Conkol, Conkol Computing Services - "Addressing Emerging Technologies in Manufacturing Education"

Panelist: Richard Morley, R. Morley Inc. - "Emerging Technologies in Education"

Panelist: Gene Meieran, Senior Fellow, Intel Corporation - "21st Century Challenges and Opportunities"

Panelist: Gary Conkol, Conkol Computing Services - "Educational Challenges of Emerging Technologies"(PPT ) (WORD )


SME MER Technology Watch Group

Integration of Simulation Technology into the Engineering Curriculum: A University- Industry Workshop
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, July 25-26, 2008

Recorder: Ryan Schwoch - notes

10:20 am to 10:30 am: – Break

10:30 am to 11:50 am: Session 2 - Bridging Research-to- Classroom. [Video 65MB]

The objective is to recommend ways in which research in manufacturing can be quickly and effectively transferred from research projects or industry developments into manufacturing curricula. Panelists are asked to talk about manufacturing research in general and not only about their own industry/institution

Session Leader: Jay Lee, Professor, University of Cincinnati - "Accelerating Innovation Through Industry/University Partnership" (Paper)(Slides)

Session Co-Leader: Bob Wolff, Professor, University of Dayton

Panelists: Scott Smith, Professor, University of North Carolina - Charlotte - "Bridging Research to Classroom"

Panelists: George Hazelrigg, Deputy Division Director CMMI, National Science Foundation - "Bridging the Educational Gap"

Panelists: Dianne Chong, Director of Engineering, Boeing - "Accelerating Technology Transition"

Recorder: Val Hawks - notes

12:00 pm to 1:20 pm: Luncheon

What's Missing? (slides )(paper)

Introduction: Robert Mott, Professor Emeritus, University of Dayton

Keynote Speaker: LaRoux Gillespie - Professional Writer and Metalworking Consultant

1:30 pm to 2:50 pm: Session 3 - Emerging Methods of Educational Delivery. [Video A 58MB][Video B 30MB]

Discussion on alternatives to lecture-based instruction; activity- based learning; project-based learning; case-study based learning; role of laboratories – projected changes, distance learning – Web based; distributed hybrid; role of cooperative education; internships; industry-based education; continuing education, etc.

Session Leader: Henry Kraebber, Professor, Purdue University - "Emerging Methods of Delivery for Manufacturing Education"

Panelist: Stephen G. Shank, Chancellor of Capella University - "Emerging Methods of Delivery for Manufacturing Engineering"

Recorder:    Arif Sirinterlikci - notes

                                Kraebber and Shank Post Session Notes


        Connecticut Region "Next Generation Manufacturing" (including links to a second life simulation), and the "Center for Life Support and Sustainability"

        A manufacturing center facebook page (an account is needed - see what your a majority of your students are using)

2:50 pm to 3:00 pm: Break

3:00 pm to 4:20 pm: Session 4 - Manufacturing Topics in Other Engineering Disciplines [Video 53MB]

Manufacturing immersed in other (non-manufacturing-named) engineering curricula (mechanical, industrial, electrical, etc.) will be explored including the essential principles and practices of manufacturing; discipline-specific aspects of manufacturing (Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, etc.); curriculum design to ensure that all engineering graduates obtain adequate knowledge and skills in manufacturing along with their primary discipline, and; global education for manufacturing professionals.

Session Leader: Ronald Bennett, University of St. Thomas - "Manufacturing Topics in Other Manufacturing Disciplines"

Session Co-Leader: Marshal Gartenlaub, California Community Colleges

Panelist: David Wells, Professor, North Dakota State University - "A Twenty-Five-Year Journey (and Counting) for Manufacturing Education"

Panelist: Marshal Gartenlaub, California Community Colleges - "Community Colleges' Influence on the Future of the Engineering Profession"

Recorder: Dianne Chong - notes

4:30 pm to 5:20 pm: - Pre-Dinner Reception Hosted by Robert Morris University

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm: Dinner with Keynote Speaker [Audio 24MB]

Manufacturing Engineering Education in a Global Environment

Introduction: Ronald Bennett, Dean of Engineering University of St. Thomas

Speaker: Sidney (Chip) Emery, Chairman of MTS

    Recorder: Val Hawks - notes

7:00 pm to 8:15pm pm: Session 5 - Enhancing the Manufacturing Career Pipeline [Audio 24MB]

Enhancing the pipeline of qualified and interested people into manufacturing education programs and manufacturing careers. An informal ‘Cracker Barrel’ style exchange session. Enjoy light refreshments.

Session leader: Winston Erevelles, Dean - School of Engineer­ing, Mathematics, and Science, Robert Morris Univer­sity - "Enhancing the Manufacturing Career Pipeline"

Resources: Engineering for a Changing World: A Roadmap to the Future of Engineering Practice, Research, and Education. The Millennium Project, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2008.(PDF)

Recorder: Val Hawks with LaRoux Gillespie and/or Dick Morley - notes 

9:15pm - Bus Departs for Doubletree Hotel

7:30am - Bus Departs from Doubletree Hotel - Bring your bags if going directly to the airport

8:30 am to 11:50 am: Session 6a/b/c - Manufacturing Education Programs (Three parallel sessions in different rooms)

Develop an outline of a plan (an agenda) for revising the curriculum 2002 plan through future MER Community events including conferences, workshops, forums, webinars, etc.. This may include developing new strategies, replacement strategies, and definitions. The 'first-level topics' would set the basis for a more in-depth examination later.

Chief Facilitator: Hugh Jack

Sessions: Propose a strategy to change the existing manufacturing education delivery, content, and curriculum design, building from Thursday’s session results and Curricula 2000 and 2002 documents relative to:

6a. Associate degree programs in manufacturing, manufacturing engineering technicians and programs and development for non- degreed manufacturing personnel [Audio 32MB]

Session Leader: Steve Wendel, Director of the National Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME)

Session Co-Leader: Marshall Gartenlaub, California Community Colleges

Recorder: Steve Wendel and Marshall Gartenlaub - slides notes

6b. Baccalaureate degree programs in manufacturing, manufacturing engineers and manufacturing technologists [Audio A 32MB] [Audio B 32MB]

Session Leader: Rich Rothaupt, Professor, University of Wisconsin - Stout,

Session Co-Leader: Venkitaswamy Raju, Professor, SUNY at Farmingdale

Resources: Wells, D.L. "SME and Accreditation." Fargo, N.D.: North Dakota State Univ., Sept. 2007. (PDF)

Recorder: Rich Rothaupt and Venkitaswamy Raju - notes

6c. Post-baccalaureate degree programs and research in manufacturing [Audio A 32MB] [Audio B 32MB] [Audio C 6MB]

Session Leader: David Wells

Session Co-Leader: Ronald Bennett

Recorder: David Wells and Ronald Bennett - notes

10:30 am to 10:45 am: Break in Session 6

10:45 am to 11:50 am: Session 6 continued

12:00 pm to 1:20 pm: Luncheon [Audio 41MB]

Transforming the Workforce through Global Corporate Education

Introduction: Ronald Bennett, Dean of Engineering University of St. Thomas

Keynote Speaker: Gary L. Henby, Caterpillar University, Dean of College of Caterpillar Production System

Recorder: LaRoux Gillespie - notes

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Session 7 - Summarizing Session [Video 78MB]

Leaders of sessions 6a, b & c present the output of their sub-group discussions and summarize the crucial conclusions. All participants are encouraged to participate to propose the format, place, time, and program for follow-up events. It is expected that the outcomes will include plans for an open-invitation conference.

Session Leader: – Robert Mott - "Curriculum Planning for Manufacturing Programs"

Presenters: All Session Leaders


Summary and review planning document for session 6 leaders

Presentation slide templates for session 6 leaders

3:00 pm: Post-noter - Perspectives from Observation of the Forum & Final Comments [Video 56MB]

Final Comments: Hugh Jack "postnote" and Winston Erevelles

4:00 pm: Adjourn

4:00 pm: Bus Departs for Doubletree Hotel and Pittsburgh Airport

5:30-8:00 pm: Outcomes Meeting

Attendee Information:

Attendees will receive Internet access to white papers approximately 2 weeks before the forum. They are expected to read these and prepare to actively participate in the sessions. During the sessions discussions will be recorded and compiled into a set of recommendations. Expect outcomes of the conference are a publication of the recommendations, plans for one or more following conferences or other needed events.

Recorder Information:

The recorder has the responsibility of capturing the discussion that occurs in a session. This will require coordination with the Session Leader before the forum. During the session they will capture the notes in written form. After the session the Recorder and Session Leader will work together to develop a written summary of the session to be part of an SME Publication. In addition, Recorders will be asked to stay for the evening of June 27 for a working session to compile the conference results.

Session Leader Information:

Session Leaders are expected to work with the Panelists to prepare a highly effective session, as described in the agenda. This will include providing vision and direction for each of the sessions, and the preparation of the white papers. The Session Leader will also work with the recorder to ensure that high quality notes are taken during each of the sessions. After the session the Recorder and Session Leader will work together to develop a written summary of the session to be part of an SME Publication.

Panelist Information:

Panelists are expected to work with the Session Leader and prepare a white paper due June 1. The white papers will be circulated to the attendees to be read before they arrive. During the sessions panelists will be asked to present a brief outline of the paper, typically 5 minutes in duration. After the conference the white papers will be compiled as part of an SME publication on the forum. Outside of the invited session, Panelists are expected to participate.


The proceedings of the conference will be available on MERC as a compiled/edited document.

Documents generated from the forum will be available from the website for the SME Manufacturing Education and Research Community ( ) and on the Manufacturing Education Resource Center clearinghouse of manufacturing education resources ( ).

To register for the forum contact or call (800) 733- 4763. The fees for the forum are $200 and include morning and afternoon breaks, lunch on both days and the reception and dinner on Thursday evening.


The event will be held at the Island Sports Center that is located near the campus of Robert Morris University. Directions for travel and facilities information are available on the university home page ( under the ‘About RMU’ tab). The campus is located 13 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, and 2 miles from the Pittsburgh Intl Airport (PGH), Moon Township ( ).


A block of rooms at the reduced rate of $99 is being held at the Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh Airport for attendees of this forum. The Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh Airport is a short distance from where the forum will be held at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Complex. Rooms in the SME block not reserved by June 4, 2008 will be released. After this date, reservations will be accepted but not guaranteed at SME’s group rate. Make your reservation by calling the hotel directly.

Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh Airport

8402 University Boulevard

Moon Twp., PA 15108

(412) 329-1400


Arrangements are made for a “yellow school bus” transportation from the Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh Airport to the Island Sports Center in the mornings and return to the hotel at the conclusion of the meeting each day. Plan on meeting in the hotel lobby by 7:00 a.m. each morning.

Forum Co-Chairs:

Hugh Jack, Professor, Grand Valley State University

Robert Mott, Professor Emeritus, University of Dayton

David Wells, Professor, North Dakota State University

Organizing Committee:

Danny Bee, University of Wisconsin Stout

Ronald Bennett, University of St. Thomas

Steve Coe, Boeing

Gary Conkol, Conkol Computing Services

Winston Erevelles, Robert Morris University

Marshall Gartenlaub, California Community Colleges

Val Hawks, Brigham Young University

Henry Kraebber, Purdue University

Arif Sirinterlikci, Robert Morris University

Mark Stratton, Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Robert Wolff, University of Dayton