Call for Papers
National Science Foundation
Mechanical Engineering Design Education Workshop
For The United States of America And The Republic of South Africa
July 8th - 10th, 1998
The University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa



    Workshop participants will receive a maximum of $2000 for airfare, and a maximum of $552 for lodging & meals.



Send To:

Professor Brian C. Fabien
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Box 352600
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195

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Workshop Schedule:

8 July 1998 - Technical Issues in Design Engineering Education Day 1 concentrates on Technical Topics, with paper presentations and discussions on mechanical engineering design curriculum and advances in mechanical design research and technology.  Special emphasis is placed on undergraduate teaching methodologies and effectiveness measures, implementation of multimedia in engineering curriculum, and graduate-level design engineering curriculum.

9 July 1998 - Site Visits to Academic Institutions and Local Industry

Day 2 is reserved for site visits, to share information, to examine educational facilities, and to solidify the participation of selected RSA universities, technikons and manufacturing facilities.

10 July 1998 - Collaborative Opportunities for RSA/USA Faculty and Industry Participants

Day 3 concentrates on Collaborative Opportunities, with panel discussions to identify common technical topics of interest among faculty and industry participants, and wrap-up sessions to list follow-up actions with corresponding senior investigators.  Depending on the workshop results, follow-up action items may include joint ventures such as specific industry/academic projects, industry-focused student and/or faculty exchange programs, and distance learning activities.
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