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Author Stuart, J.A.
Source IEEE Xplore Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1997
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Education ♦ Technology ♦ Engineering & allied operations
Subject Keyword Education ♦ Chemical industry ♦ Laboratories ♦ Cleaning ♦ Internet ♦ Industrial economics ♦ Loudspeakers ♦ Videoconference ♦ Welding ♦ Systems engineering and theory
Abstract Unaware that a team of engineers had failed to obtain approval for any of their six proposed renovations, the author excitedly approached his first instructions, "Design a laboratory layout for an old building". Less than two weeks into the project, he presented plant management with a new problem statement, "How do we perform the ten critical chemical tests quickly and economically" and proposed a creative location for a new laboratory. By crossing disciplines to identify the true problem and a new solution, he became their first summer intern to lead a major capital project which was approved before he began fall classes. Over the past five years, the company saved millions of dollars with his proposed laboratory. As an engineering educator, the author wants his students to achieve similar success in identifying the problem drivers and developing approaches. One of his greatest concerns for engineering students is that they learn how to assess a problem and determine an appropriate solution method. Too often students and even practicing engineers expect a problem to come with a problem type label.
Description Author affiliation: Dept. of Ind. & Syst. Eng., Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH, USA (Stuart, J.A.)
ISBN 0780340868
ISSN 01905848
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research ♦ Reading
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1997-11-05
Publisher Place USA
Rights Holder Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
Size (in Bytes) 157.42 kB
Page Count 2
Starting Page 1487
Ending Page 1488


Source: IEEE Xplore Digital Library