Friday, January 21 • 9:30am - 10:00am
Research and Practice: Scaling to Broaden the Impact to Industry and Education

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As the demand for Micro-technology technicians continues to increase, there is a critical need for a standardized/readily available Microsystems curriculum to facilitate rapid dissemination of these highly skilled individuals. In an effort to lay the foundation for Microsystems education, the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded the creation of the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) under its Advanced Technological Education program in 2004 and 2009 (DUE Grant Nos. 0402651, 0902411). Since the SCME has developed dozens of Learning Modules and several hands-on kits, it has become apparent that there is a need to improve the promulgation of these materials to educational organizations on a national scale in order to impact a larger segment of the student population. Utilizing lessons from the “Research, Practice and Transformation through Synergy Project” (DUE No 0903224) and “lean” manufacturing methodologies, the SCME is beginning to experience broader impact from their educational offerings that are now being duplicated by other projects/centers (scale). The presentation describes how SCME has actively engaged industry to improve their instructional materials design and delivery which will reduce the time to market, and increase penetration.


Friday January 21, 2011 9:30am - 10:00am
Sabine Lower Floor

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