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.
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"
Overview of past conferences with a focus on Curricula 2000/2002 - paper:"A Twenty-Five-Year Journey (and Counting) for Manufacturing Education"
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"
of Simulation Technology into the Engineering Curriculum: A
University- Industry Workshop
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, July 25-26, 2008
Recorder: Ryan Schwoch - notes
10:30 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
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
Keynote Speaker: LaRoux Gillespie - Professional Writer and Metalworking Consultant
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
A manufacturing center facebook page (an account is needed - see what your a majority of your students are using)
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"
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
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm: Dinner with Keynote Speaker [Audio 24MB]
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
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.
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]
Resources: Wells, D.L. "SME and Accreditation." Fargo, N.D.: North Dakota State Univ., Sept. 2007. (PDF)
Recorder: Rich Rothaupt and Venkitaswamy Raju - notes
Recorder: David Wells and Ronald Bennett - notes
12:00 pm to 1:20 pm: Luncheon [Audio 41MB]
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"
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
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.
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 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.
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.
Documents generated from the forum will be available from the website for the SME Manufacturing Education and Research Community ( www.sme.org/edu ) and on the Manufacturing Education Resource Center clearinghouse of manufacturing education resources ( www.MERConline.net ).
To register for the forum contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (www.rmu.edu 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 (http://www.pitairport.com/ ).
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.
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.
Hugh Jack, Professor, Grand Valley State University