B.S. Manufacturing Engineering Dean's Response to Review 2005-2006

Recommendations for the Program Director

The program director is responding positively to the recommendations by the PRC but these items cannot be accomplished without the support and participation of the Stout engineering community.

1.     Work with department chairs to improve flexibility of course scheduling.

       Response:

The recent program revision (2004) did much to improve course scheduling flexibility while maintaining program integrity.  Courses were changed and many prerequisites were modified to lessen some of the scheduling constrictions in the old program.  Some courses particularly in the Physics and Chemistry departments continue to present scheduling problems but it is hoped that in future semesters this will be eliminated as other new programs in the science area which use the same courses, continue to grow.

2.   Maintain commitment to recruiting quality students.

      Response:

UW-Stout's Admissions Office and program faculty are very committed to recruiting high quality engineering students.  We have many focused recruiting events each year where prospective students are given a preview of the program and enticed to consider engineering as a major.  Some of these focused events are: Science, Technology, Engineering Preview at Stout (STEPS) for girls going into seventh grade; First Lego League (FLL) a team engineering competition for kids ages 9-14; Advanced STEPS for girls going into their junior year of high school; and our Engineering and Technology Career Day activities each semester for high school students.  These activities are in addition to the normal campus recruiting events and individual recruiting presentation at various high schools across the region.

3.     Communicate effectively with students regarding scheduling conflicts, general education requirements, and the rigor of the program.

        Response:

Each student entering the program is provided a course flowchart which outlines the program and shows the prerequisites for each class.  All prospective students are made aware of the higher entrance requirements that Manufacturing Engineering has over other Stout programs and the need for and advantage of the higher requirements.  Every semester the program director holds a required advisement day meeting for all students in the major.  In addition, each student is assigned a faculty advisor for individual advisement meetings.  Email is used often to communicate with students about advisement issues, opportunities pertaining to co-op/internships, speakers on campus, and campus professional organization news.

4.     Support departmental chairs in their commitment to hiring qualified faculty and staff.

        Response:

Program faculty serve on search and screen committees for Engineering and other department hiring committees as requested.

5.   Communicate with dean regarding budgetary concerns, especially equipment and computer software requirements.

      Response:

The program director has bi-weekly scheduled meetings with the dean and associate deans which can be used to discuss budgetary concerns.  The use of laboratory modification funds and the use of DIN money to purchase needed equipment is often discussed.

6.     Promote student internships as alternatives to co-ops.

        Response:

The program faculty are very much committed to encouraging students to take advantage of co-ops.  For those students who are not willing or cannot do a traditional co-op, internships are presented as a very strong option to get some of the same experience.  The program director and the Career Services Office have been encouraging employers to consider offering more summer internships and we have seen an increase in the number of advertised summer internships for our students.

7.     Continue to maintain strong industry relationships and support.

        Response:

The program director and program faculty continue to maintain strong industry relationships through our industrial advisory board, our capstone projects with cooperating companies, development of co-ops and internships, and through strong associations with regional professional societies.  Additionally, the program also continues to receive many equipment donations from regional companies.


8.     Continue to maintain ABET accreditation.

        Response:

The program faculty are very committed to maintain our ABET accreditation with support of UW-Stout administration and key faculty members across campus.


Recommendations for the Chair of the Department of Engineering and Technology    

1.     Work with the program director to schedule courses sufficient to program needs.

        Response:

The recent program revision (2004) did much to improve course scheduling flexibility while maintaining program integrity.  Efforts will be made in conjunction with the Physics and Chemistry departments to relieve course scheduling problems.

2.     Continue to hire committed and qualified faculty and staff.

        Response:

The Engineering & Technology Department is developing a department faculty profile to show where we need additional staff or to demonstrate where present faculty need additional training.  The department is very committed to hire high quality faculty and staff who have outstanding industrial experience and professional credentials.

3.     Communicate effectively with program director and dean regarding equipment and laboratory needs, especially computer software requirements.

        Response:

The department chair has weekly scheduled meetings with the dean and associate deans which can be used to discuss budgetary concerns.  Since the department is very dependent upon high quality laboratories for experimentation and industrial practice, the discussion of laboratory modification and the use of DIN money to purchase needed equipment and updating of software is often a topic of concern.

4.     Solicit faculty input regarding required lab materials, software and equipment, and work with IT to secure faculty input regarding software needs.

        Response:

Yearly equipment/software requests are submitted from all faculty to the department chair.  A department committee comprised of program directors and key faculty from discipline areas rank the requested items using a formula approved by the department members.  The department currently has an excellent working relationship with the IT Department on campus.


Recommendations for the Dean of the College of Technology, Engineering and Management   

1.     Support department chairs in hiring qualified faculty and staff.

        Response:

The Engineering & Technology Department is in the process of developing a faculty profile.  This will help the department and the colleges identify the gaps and determine the needs in terms of faculty and staff.  Hiring the appropriately credentialed and experienced faculty is a significant challenge for this department.  The university has put an increased emphasis on all new hires possessing terminal degrees. ABET, the accrediting agency for the Manufacturing Engineering program, puts a priority on these credentials as well.  In addition to the doctorate, it's imperative that our faculty have significant industrial experience.  The pool for this type of candidate is small and competitive.  The college will continue to work with and support the department in the hiring of qualified faculty and staff.

2.     Solicit faculty input regarding budgetary requirements, particularly computer software selections and laboratory needs.

        Response:

CTEM department chairs meet with the dean and associate deans every week.  Agendas often include issues around laboratory, classroom and instructional needs.  The college utilizes funding made available through the university classroom and lab mod proposals, Access to Learning, and special projects.  In addition, college and program leadership secured a DIN that specifically serves the manufacturing engineering program.  DIN monies are used for a variety of program needs, including lab and equipment maintenances, upgrades and purchases, and faculty professional development.

3.   Provide sufficient resources for students to gain timely access to required science courses.

      Response:

The CTEM Dean will meet with the CAS Dean as needed to secure appropriate sections of required science courses to serve manufacturing engineering students.  This has been done in the past; the manufacturing engineering program director and the dean have met with the CAS Dean and council to request the delivery of a variety of courses housed in that college.

4.     Work with department chairs of physics and chemistry to ensure consistent and timely scheduling of required courses.

        Response:

In addition to requesting appropriate science courses from CAS, the CTEM Dean will also request adequate, consistent and timely scheduling of required physics and chemistry courses.