WPI Offers Workshops in Industry-University Collaboration, Distance Learning and Women in Engineering

Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Three special events designed to improve engineering education will be offered during spring break at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

  • "The Learning Factory and ABET 2000 Workshop," focusing on outcomes-based curriculum planning, will be held Monday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Gordon Library Seminar Room. The workshop features Lueny Morell, Jorge I. Velez and Miguel A. Torres of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and John S. Lamancusa of Pennsylvania State University.

    The Learning Factory Workshop takes participants through the steps that helped the Manufacturing Engineering Education Partnership (a coalition of the University of Puerto Rico, Penn State and the University of Washington) develop an undergraduate manufacturing engineering-product realization program. The program integrates laboratory facilities with industry collaboration.

  • "The Engineering Design in Non-collocated Teams Workshop" will look at on engineering design using distance-learning technology. It will be held Tuesday, March 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Higgins Laboratories, room 218. Speakers include Miguel A. Torres, Jorge I. Velez and Lueny Morell of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.

    This workshop explores the challenges of today's design teams working in different locations. It introduces the technology utilized by engineering and business organizations to maintain team cohesiveness, access technical information and expand mobility. Participants will be divided into three groups and will be physically separated. Each individual group will then form a virtual company specialized in a particular aspect of the product design cycle.

  • "Women in Engineering: The Extraordinary Case of the College of Engineering of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez," will be held Tuesday, March 7, at 3 p.m. in Higgins Laboratories, room 116. Presented by Lueny Morell of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, the workshop will examine efforts in recruitment and retention of women in non-traditional professions, such as engineering.

During the last decade, the percentage of women studying engineering at the College of Engineering of the University of Puerto Rico has consistently increased, reaching levels that surpass those of the United States. The College of Engineering is currently conducting a study with the University of Texas at El Paso to determine the reason for this phenomenon, which will be shared at the presentation.

The workshops are free but registration is required. Enrollment is limited. For more information, contact Judith E. Miller, WPI director of educational development, at 508-831-5579 or e-mail jmiller@wpi.edu.