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Engineering Problem Solving In Industrial Engineering Curriculum Reform, Veronica J. Dark, Frank Peters, Sarah M. Ryan, John K. Jackman, Sigurdur Olafsson Jun 2005

Engineering Problem Solving In Industrial Engineering Curriculum Reform, Veronica J. Dark, Frank Peters, Sarah M. Ryan, John K. Jackman, Sigurdur Olafsson

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

Problem solving is a major focus of the engineering profession, and upon graduation new engineers are faced with increasingly complex problems. Yet, existing engineering education practices often fall short in preparing students to tackle complex engineering problems that may be ambiguous, open-ended and ill-structured. In this paper, we describe a newly developed learning environment called the Engineering Learning Portal (ELP), which focuses on improving engineering problem solving throughout the industrial engineering curriculum. In the ELP, students are engaged in a structured process for solving unstructured problems while encouraging metacognitive activities, such as planning, monitoring, and evaluating. This helps students acquire ...


Selection Of Products And Prices In Manufacturing And Remanufacturing Environment, Sasidhar Malladi, K. Jo Min Jan 2005

Selection Of Products And Prices In Manufacturing And Remanufacturing Environment, Sasidhar Malladi, K. Jo Min

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In this paper, we consider a manufacturer who produces both new and remanufactured products facing a group of heterogeneous customers who self-select their optimal choices of products. Under such circumstances, we formulate a mathematical programming model that determines the products, prices, and acquisition prices for used products. Based on this model, we will discuss conditions under which remanufacturing can be encouraged.


Detecting Inconsistency In Functional Software Requirements, Gboyega Sanni, John K. Jackman Jan 2005

Detecting Inconsistency In Functional Software Requirements, Gboyega Sanni, John K. Jackman

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Success in software development depends on the availability of complete, consistent, and unambiguous functional software requirements. Inconsistencies in software requirements can propagate problems throughout the development cycle. We introduce the concept of a quantitative measure for detecting inconsistencies, namely, Potential Structural Inconsistency (PSI). This measure is derived from a structural model for a given set of requirements. We show how this measure can be determined using a case study with known inconsistencies.


The Use Of Sacrificial Support Structures In A Rapid Machining Process, Wutthigrai Boonsuk, Matthew C. Frank Jan 2005

The Use Of Sacrificial Support Structures In A Rapid Machining Process, Wutthigrai Boonsuk, Matthew C. Frank

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Rapid prototyping techniques for CNC machining have been developed in an effort to produce functional prototypes in appropriate materials. One of the major challenges is to develop an automatic fixturing system for the part during the milling process. The current proposed method, sacrificial support fixturing, is similar to the support structures used in existing rapid processes, such as Stereolithography. During the machining process, the sacrificial supports emerge incrementally and, at the end of the process, are the only entities connecting the part to the stock material. In this paper, we propose methodologies for the design of sacrificial support structures for ...


Coordinating Forward And Reverse Flows Of Products For A Manufacturer-Retailer Supply Chain Model, Jie Li, K. Jo Min Jan 2005

Coordinating Forward And Reverse Flows Of Products For A Manufacturer-Retailer Supply Chain Model, Jie Li, K. Jo Min

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In this paper, we formulate and analyze a manufacturer-retailer supply chain model with product remanufacturing. This model takes into account both forward flow of the new product as well as reverse flow of the used product. Specifically, we assume that the manufacturer can control the wholesale price of the new product as well the transfer price of the used product from the retailer while the retailer can control the retail price of the new product and the collecting price of the used product. Under this assumption, we compare and contrast the coordinated scenario vs. the uncoordinated scenario. Managerial insights and ...


Capacity Expansion For Uncertain Demand With Initial Shortages, Rahul R. Marathe, Sarah M. Ryan Jan 2005

Capacity Expansion For Uncertain Demand With Initial Shortages, Rahul R. Marathe, Sarah M. Ryan

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

For service providers, uncertain demand for capacity and expansion lead time may create unavoidable capacity shortages, which may be allowed to accumulate before initiating an expansion. For the demand following a geometric Brownian motion process, we assume a stationary expansion policy where the timing and size of expansion are determined as fixed proportions of the capacity position. We define the service level in terms of the capacity shortages, which can be evaluated by applying pricing formulae for barrier options in finance. We observe the relationship between the two policy parameters at different specified service levels and for other model parameters.