The Manufacturing Engineering Education Partnership or MEEP (UPR-MayagŁez, Penn State University and the University
of Washington, in collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories and industry) has developed an undergraduate product
realization/manufacturing engineering option which addresses various issues of the new ABET 2000 criteria, specifically
criteria 2 and 3. The result of this program is the Learning Factory, an outcomes-based undergraduate curriculum integrated
to laboratory facilities and industry collaboration. This workshop will go through the steps that helped the
partnership develop this program. From the establishment of educational objectives to planning (resources, timetable,
responsibilities) to curriculum development (courses, integrated laboratory facilities, industry collaboration), and finally
to outcomes assessment (designing the assessment strategy, conducting assessment, design of tools, reporting and feedback).
Workshop attendees will have an opportunity to work on developing an engineering student profile and planning for adopting/adapting
the Learning Factory Program at their institutions.
The University of Puerto Rico at MayagŁez received an award from NSF's Engineering Education Action Agenda to offer four
(4) workshops at major engineering education conferences. The NSF award was complemented
by a grant from Raytheon Company to sponsor additional workshops at ten (10) minority serving institutions.
recently awarded the Learning Factory Team a grant to offer eight (8) workshops in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.