Discipline: Technology & Engineering
Subcategory: STEM Research
Zhenhua Wu - Virginia State University
Virginia State University (VSU) was awarded an NSF grant on ‘Infuse Cybermanufacturing Concepts to Manufacturing Processes and Automation Courses’ in June 2018. In the first year of project period, fruitful outcomes have been yield through this grant. Two new elective courses, MANE 201-Sophomore Laboratory and MANE 301-Junior Laboratory I, have been offered in the Spring and Fall 2019 respectively. MANE 201 focuses on Manufacturing Processes lab and MANE 301 is for CAD/CAM lab (three Manufacturing Engineering students have taken these two courses). The third elective lab course, MANE 302-Junior Laboratory II, will be offered in Spring 2020 for Automation lab. Over 10 undergraduate students have been involved in the research projects of digital design and manufacturing, data analytics, virtual reality, etc. Numerous publications and posters have been disseminated. An ‘4+1’ agreement, which builds the pathway for VSU engineering bachelor graduates spending one extra year at Virginia Tech (VT) to earn the Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, has been signed between VT Industrial System Engineering (ISE) and VSU College of Engineering and Technology in Fall 2018. Two VSU Manufacturing Engineering graduates are pursuing their degrees (one in Master’s and the other in PhD) at VT ISE through the ‘4+1’ program. The Laboratory enhancement and research infrastructures at VSU have been greatly strengthened also. New equipment has been purchased for research and education projects. With the pilot results from this TIP project, new grants from ARO, ONR, and NASA have been awarded to VSU in 2019. This poster summarizes the outcome and challenges of the TIP project.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1818655. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,
NSF Affiliation: HBCU-UP