Summer Institutes In Collaborative Design and Rapid Tooling and Manufacturing
development project for engineering technology faculty is submitted
by Sinclair Community College (Dayton, OH) and Ventura College (Ventura,
CA). The goal of the project is to provide comprehensive professional
development on Collaborative Design and Rapid Tooling and Manufacturing
for engineering and design technology faculty. During the summer of
2006, engineering faculty will participate in Summer Institutes
offered concurrently in Dayton and Ventura in the two tracks. Extensive
academic year follow-up activities are also planned. Each year 40 engineering
technology faculty members (20 in Dayton and 20 in Ventura) will participate.
Faculty teams in Ohio and California will participate in collaborative
industrial design teams via the Internet to design parts and use rapid
prototyping technologies to manufacture the parts. This experience will
provide an accurate simulation of the Collaborative Design Network and Rapid
Tooling and Manufacturing processes routinely used in business and industry.
Participating faculty will use the processes and simulations in their
classrooms to enhance the laboratory components.
Intellectual Merit: Advanced
Discovery and Understanding
The project provides comprehensive faculty professional development
in two emerging engineering technology processes used extensively in
business and industry but are often not included in the associate degree
Intellectual Merit: Creative and Original Concepts
A unique feature is that the Dayton and Ventura workshops will be held
simultaneously permitting real-time cross-continental faculty collaboration.
Faculty will be able to e-mail files to Sinclair which will produce
parts on down-time of its rapid prototyping equipment.
Intellectual Merit: Extensive
Sinclair Community College and Ventura College have experienced faculty,
extensive laboratory facilities, and conferencing facilities to conduct
Broader Impacts: Project Addresses Future Needs of Business and Industry
New design technicians need experience in Collaborative Design and Rapid
Tooling and Manufacturing processes. Faculty from community colleges
will engage in hands-on learning that will result in curriculum enhancements
and improved student learning back on their home campuses.
Broader Impacts: Participation of Undeserved Populations
The project will recruit faculty who are from undeserved populations
and who teach at institutions with large numbers of undeserved populations.
Faculty will infuse curriculum improvements developed during the Summer
Institutes, providing undeserved students with cutting-edge learning
Broader Impacts: Dissemination of Technological Understanding
All lessons and laboratory experiences created will be posted to the
web site for the project. Eighty faculty will have access to state-of-the
art software through their participation in the institutes, and access
to equipment through the equipment collaboration feature of website.