Infusing innovation into a manufacturing engineering course

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Manufacturing processes are essential components to realise any innovative ideas for new products. Yet, typical ways of teaching manufacturing processes are microscopic, separate from the context under which they are employed. The paper presents the teaching of manufacturing processes through a systems approach. Particularly, a semester-long project of developing new products provides a realistic context for the application of manufacturing processes. At the conclusion of the course, students present detailed product specifications and manufacturing processes along with physical prototypes. Creativity and innovative thinking are encouraged throughout the project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-50
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation and Learning
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Learning
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Systems thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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