Manufacturing Education Leadership Forums

Hugh Jack, Venkitaswamy Raju, David Wells, Robert Mott
2009 Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
Two invited forums were held during 2008 to explore the future directions for educational programs that include manufacturing as a major content feature. The forums were organized and conducted by the Manufacturing Education & Research Community of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and many of the planners and participants are also active members of the ASEE Manufacturing Division. The recent activity builds on significant work done during the 1990s that resulted in documents that
more » ... n documents that have made large impacts on manufacturing education. This paper will summarize the goals, agendas, and results from these forums. Topics included are: ≠ Emerging technologies in manufacturing ≠ Industry needs from manufacturing graduates ≠ Bridging research to classroom ≠ Emerging methods of educational delivery ≠ Manufacturing topics in non-manufacturing named programs ≠ Manufacturing education programs; associate, baccalaureate, masters ≠ Integrating bio-, nano-, and electronics-manufacturing in curricula ≠ Manufacturing education within non-manufacturing named programs ≠ Pipeline development and recruiting into manufacturing careers ≠ Collaboration among relevant professional societies with interest in manufacturing The two forums are part of a longer term plan for regular similar gatherings and larger, openattendance conferences. Plans are being developed for a large conference in the summer of 2009. Overview There has been massive change in global manufacturing professions. Many skills taught a decade ago are now obsolete and have been replaced by a number of new demands that are as yet inconsistently addressed by educators. These changes have resulted in a new urgency to keep manufacturing education healthy and forward focused as the core of the manufacturing engineering field continues to be essential to the success and growth of industries worldwide.
doi:10.18260/1-2--5316 fatcat:5cgapslno5bz7gs2xw6xfjekfa