CRITERION 7. FACILITIES<br /><<Describe classrooms, laboratory facilities and associated equipment, computing equipment, and the information infrastructure that serve the program. Note any changes since the previous accreditation cycle.>><br /> Classrooms and laboratories used for AMET program are located within the Trafton Science Center, Nelson Hall and the Wissink Building. All the buildings are interconnected making for easy access for both faculty and students.<br />1.Classrooms<br />At MSU, classrooms are generally shared, and are assigned by the CSET Dean’s Office. The classrooms available to the AMET Department range in size from 20 to 90 seats and are assigned based upon the expected enrollment and special equipment needs for the class. Classrooms have either installed audio-visual equipment (e.g. monitor(s), VCR, video projector, etc.) or immediate access to specially equipped audio-visual carts. There is generally access to the wireless MSU Internet from each classroom and all faculty offices. There is one Interactive Television classroom available to the AMET but currently no class utilizes this technology. There is one classroom (TRN 259), which is exclusively used for AMET classes. This room seats 39 students, is equipped with some additional facilities, such as CCTV, Elmo and Proxima projectors and all computer hook-ups. A variety of items for in-class presentation are stored in the room and ready for intermediate use. Over 90% of all courses offered by the AMET Department utilize this well-equipped classroom.<br /> 2. Lab Facilities List<br />ENGINEERING PROJECTS LAB (NE 101)<br />Both the AET and MET programs along with the ME (Mechanical Engineering) program utilize this lab. Occasionally, other departments within the College of Science, Engineering and Technology also use this facility. The lab, consisting of six separate areas, has 5,800 NASF and over $250,000 in major equipment. The lab houses one full time technician. His duty is to help students with more advanced projects, keep equipment maintained, and provide inventory. His budget for materials and supplies is currently $20,000 per year. In general, students are not charged for materials. The full metal and woodworking capability is used by all students of both programs for class projects, Senior Design projects, and other student projects. The SAE Formula Car project is an excellent example of students using all major pieces of the EPL equipment to complete a project. <br />This lab provides space and facilities adequate for classes and projects and meets all program requirements.<br /> Year = Year of Purchase<br />ENGINEERING PROJECTS LAB (NE 101)Wood Processing EquipmentItem No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For11ShaperRockwellHD65/$1,100Wood projects21OvenQuincyPQ85/$750Finishing31Table SawDelta12 in61/$1,100Wood projects<br />ENGINEERING PROJECTS LAB (NE 101)Sheet Metal Processing EquipmentItem No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For11Slip RollPexto3-8173/$400Projects21BrakePexto29873/$250Projects31Pan BrakeNationalB-93573/$900Projects41Tube BenderHossfied200091/$7,500Projects<br />ENGINEERING PROJECTS LAB (NE 101)Metal Cutting EquipmentItem No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For11Milling CenterHAASVF-190/$73,500Class projects/projects21Turning CenterHAASH-295/$43,000Class projects/projects32Vertical MillBridgeport144402073/$19,000Class projects/projects42Engine LatheVariousVarious80-00/$50,000Class projects/projects<br />51Band SawDake---05/$10,121Class projects/projects61Band SawDoall---48/$1,500Class projects/projects71Surface GrinderKentK5-25089/$2,500Class projects/projects81Hydraulic PressDake---60/$1,000Design projects93Drill PressPowermadic15-01760/$500Class projects/projects101Engine LatheJet144098/$9,900Class projects/projects111Engine LatheJet144099/$12,500Class projects/projects<br />3300095115570756920118110<br />ENGINEERING PROJECTS LAB<br />HOT PROCESSES LAB (NE 101)<br />Both the AET and MET programs utilize this lab. Occasionally, the Mechanical Engineering Department also use it for Senior Projects. This 1200 NASF lab has over $15,000 of major equipment including most types of welding and also has aluminum sand casting facilities. The space is also used for larger senior projects and as a fabrication area for large interdisciplinary projects. The lab is used for direct instruction in MET 177 and MET 277 classes. Currently, this lab meets all program requirements.<br />ENGINEERING PROJECTS LAB (NE 101)Hot Processing Lab EquipmentItem No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For11Lincoln TagLincolnWave98/$3,500Class projects/projects21Plasma CutterHyperthermM10088/$3,000Class projects/projects31WelderMiller20079/$2,000Class projects/projects<br />2066925139065<br />HOT PROCESSES LAB<br />WORK MEASUREMENT/ERGONOMICS LAB (NE 101)<br />MET students use this lab for class projects and assignments. The 330 NASF lab was established in 1994 and has over $15,000 in equipment and software installed. This lab currently meets all program requirements.<br />Work Measurement/ErgonomicS Lab (NE 101)Lab EquipmentItem No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For18Computer WorkstationsDellPrecision 39006/*8,800All Classes21Ergonomic Reach StationMade in EPLClass Projects31NT Light Meter------99/$1,300Class Projects41 eachSoftware: ErgoMaster Mannequin Pro MVTA Design Tools00/$5,000Class Projects<br />*funded from IT Institutional Support and reconstituted work stations from CAD Lab<br />223710587630<br />WORK MEASUREMENT / ERGONOMICS LAB<br />FLUID POWER LAB (NE 101)<br />The lab is utilized by both of the AET and MET programs and has over $20,000 in major equipment. The lab shares space with Work Measurement/Ergonomics Lab. Laboratory instruction supports the AET 334 course. Four open labs are conducted each semester. This lab currently meets all program requirements.<br />FLUID POWER LAB (NE 101)Item No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For11Oil test Equipment------92/$1,200Class projects21Fluid Power BenchGemini---85/$9,500Class projects37Hydraulic VideosCoastal---99/$1,400Class<br />3166745149225<br />8394709525<br />FLUID POWER LAB<br />COMPOSITES LAB (NE 104)<br />Both the AET and MET programs use this lab. The lab has 1500 NASF and over $20,000 in major equipment. The lab is fully equipped for wet processing of plastics. New ventilation system was installed in 1997 to eliminate any health hazards. The lab is used for direct instruction in AET 378 and also for independent study and senior projects. A variety of composites can be created from inventory available in the lab. Wet lay-ups are done using carbon, Kevlar, E-glas. Molds are made from metal, wood, composites and plaster. This lab currently meets all program requirements.<br />3383280203898517125952048510<br />COMPOSITES LAB (NE 104)Item No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For11Oven Composite ProgrammableGrieve34394/$3,000Composite projects23Vacuum PumpGast1504/$350Composite projects31Dust CollectorReliant3HP94/$900All projects41Vacuum PumpEdvardsEVA3698/$2,500Class projects51Band SawRockwell12280/$1,200Class projects62BalancePelouzePE505/$200Class projects71Large Scale Injection MolderMini-Jector50-1.0606/$10,000Lab/Projects<br />COMPOSITES LAB<br />MANUFACTURING AUTOMATION / RAPID PROTOTYPING LAB (NE 105)<br />This lab is utilized by the MET program. The 1500 NASF has over $350,000 of major equipment. The Flexible Manufacturing System from AMATROL is used for instruction in automated manufacturing. This scaled down industrial system has a central conveyor; three robots, ASRS station and two CNC machine tools controlled through a central computer. The lab also has three training PLC systems. One of them has been designed and built by the MET students. Two other stand alone robots are used for training in robot programming. The lab is used for direct instruction in MET 277, MET 347, Senior Design Projects and individual studies. Computers used in the lab are connected to the AMET sever and students have their own accounts to save their projects. The lab is a primary focus of curricular instructional support improvement to address the “Seven Disruptive Manufacturing Technologies” identified in the NACFAM 2004 study used as a primary indicator for MnCEME.<br />MANUFACTURING AUTOMATION (NE 105)Item No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For11Flexible ManufacturingSystem (FMS) includes:Central ConveyorASRS StationJupitor Robot2 Pick & Place Mercury RobotCentral Level ComputerVision SystemCIM SoftwareAMATROLFM90-96/$160,000Class/individual projects21EMCO LatheEMCOC591/$18,000Class/Projects31Workstation for EMCO LatheDELLPrecision 33006/$1,100*Class Projects/Projects41EMCO MillEMCOF189/$9,200Class/Projects51Workstation for EMCO MillDELLPrecision 33006/$1,100*Class Projects/Projects61Articulated Robot (Puma)PUMAM195/$14,000Class/Individual Projects71Workstation For Puma RobotDELLPrecision 41006/$1,100*Class Projects/Projects81Industrial RobotDENSOVS-6556E/GM06/$25,000Class/Individual Projects91Robot Controller RC7MDENSORC7M-VSG6BA-BP"
Class Projects/Projects101Teach PendentDENSOTP-RC7M-1"
Class/Projects111Workstation for Industrial RobotDELLPrecision 33006/$1,100*Class Projects/Projects121PLC SLC 100 KitALLEN BRADLEYSL 10092/$2,300Class/Projects131Workstation for SLC 100DELLPrecision 33006/$1,100*Class Projects/Projects141Modular AutomationpHd Inc.17524 Source- PNPDonated151Work Station for Modular AutomationDELLPrecision 33006/$1,100*Class Projects/Projects161PLC SLC 500 KitALLEN BRADLEYSLC 50094/$2,300Class/Projects171Workstation for SLC 500DELLPrecision 33006/$1,100*Class Projects/Projects186Logix 5000 PLCALLEN BRADLEY1756 Control Logix 500006/$17,480Class/Individual/Projects196Workstation for Logix 5000 PLCDELLPrecision 33006/$6,600*Class Projects/Projects201Office Jet PrinterHEWLETT PACKARDR80i/$200Assignments211Color Laser JetHEWLETT PACKARD2600n06/$399.99Assignments221Laser JetHEWLETT PACKARD1100/$200Assignments231Portable Surface Roughness TesterTR20006/$1,600Class Projects/Projects241Software available in lab:Pro/E Wildfire 2.0/3.0Autocad – 2002Mechanical DesktopMasterCamPCDIMSCNC Ez – LATHECNC Ez – MILLLOGIXS 500 SimulatorLOGIXS 5000Promodel 7.0MS OfficeWINCAPSII<br />*funded from IT Institutional Support and reconstituted work stations from CAD Lab<br />RAPID PROTYPING LAB (NE 105)Item No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For11Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)Stratysis IncProdigy Plus06/$49,686 Class/Individual/Projects21Workstation for FDMDELLPrecision 33006/$1,100*Class/Projects31Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)DTM CorporationSinter Station 200003/donation Class/Individual Projects41Thermo Jet Solid Object Printer3D Systems Inc99DC012706-07/$55,000Class/Individual Projects51Computer Aided Modeling Machine (CMM-3)RolandPNC 2500/$5,000Class/Individual Projects61Workstation for CAMM- 3DELLPrecision 33006/$1,100*Class/Projects71Modeling MachineRolandMDX 54007/$22,685Class/Individual Projects81Workstation for Modeling MachineDELLPrecision 33006/$1,100*Class/Projects913D Laser ScannerRolandPICZA LPX- 6007/$7,195Class/ Individual Projects1013D ScannerRolandPICZA PIX-3007/$10,500Class/ Individual Projects<br />*funded from IT Institutional Support and reconstituted work stations from CAD Lab<br />3141345127000831215125095<br />199898033020<br />MANUFACTURING AUTOMATION / RAPID PROTOTYPING LAB<br />MEASURING LAB (NE 105)<br />The MET program utilizes this lab. It is also available to any other program for projects requiring precision measurement. The lab has over $114,000 of major equipment. The lab provides facilities for coordinate measurements (CMM), surface analysis, microscope measurements, laser measurements, and data acquisition. All major pieces of equipment are connected to computers. Some of them are networked. <br />MEASURING LAB (NE 105)Item No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For11Coordinate Measuring MachineBrown &SharpeMicroM91/$21,000Class/Projects21Micro-Hite DCC CMMBrown & Sharpe06/$54,837Class/Projects21Surface AnalyzerTaylor10PC90/$18,000Class/Projects31Laser MicrometerMicoZ-193/$7,800Class/Projects41Data Acquisition SystemMitutoyo92/$800Class51Data Acquisition Sensors95/$6,000Projects61Measuring MicroscopeLeitz96/$2,500Projects72Hand measuring tools96-01/$4,000Class/Projects<br />223837557785<br />MEASURING LAB<br />COMPUTER AIDED DESIGNING LAB (TR N390)<br />Both AET and MET programs utilize this lab. The 1500 NASF lab has over $200,000 of major equipment. The 28 engineering workstations have AutoCAD R13 and are networked. A laser printer, two large pen plotters, a large Xerox copier, and blueprint machine allow reproduction. The lab is used as the primary classroom for MET 142 and MET 341. The lab also receives extensive use by all AET and MET majors for class reports and design projects. <br />The CAD lab underwent a major update in Summer 2006. All computers were replaced and are running Wildfire Revision Two from PTC. This lab currently meets all program requirements, as the updates transformed this lab into a state-of-art center for drafting, designing, analysis, and manufacturing simulation. The next phase of continuous improvement will be to consider the industry transition to Solidworks and adaptability to the programs. However, for the present the robust capabilities of the PTC product provide an aggressive foundation for CAD/CAM systems. <br />COMPUTER AIDED DESIGNING LAB (TR N390)Item No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For130CAD WorkstationsDellPrecision 38005-06/$48,900*All CAD Projects22ProjectorSharpXG- MB70X/$900 All Classes31Visual PresenterElmoHV-5100XG /$400All Classes41Professional Media ProcessorCrestronC2N- MMSITAll Classes51Professional Media ProcessorCrestronMP2EIT All Classes61Color Laser JetHewlett Packard4500N 06/$250All CAD Projects71 Laser JetHewlett Packard5000NPS06/$200 All CAD Projects81 Wide Size PlotterHewlett PackardDesign Jet 500 (D)06/$3,300 Graphics Projects91Printer/Scanner/CopierHewlett PackardPSC 1315 06/$199All CAD Projects10Software available in lab:Pro/E Wildfire 2.0/3.0Autocad – 2002Mechanical DesktopMastercamPCDIMSCNC Ez – LatheCNC Ez – MillLogixS 500 SimulatorProModel 7.0MS OfficeInsight Rapid Protoyping<br />*funded partially from IT Institutional Support<br />31007059842566040099695<br />COMPUTER AIDED DESIGNING LAB<br />AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY LAB (NE 102)<br />This laboratory is utilized by the AET program. The 2,200 NASF lab has over $205,000 of major equipment. Full automotive mechanical, electrical/electronic, fuel, cooling, lubricating, and emission test and repair tools and equipment are available for student use. Automotive technical information is available via online database. The lab also houses a 1000HP/10,000 RPM engine dynamometer in its control room. Courses directly using the lab for primary instruction include AET 160, AET 261, AET 262, AET 366, AET 465 and AET 468. It is also used for senior design and research vehicle projects in the automotive program. The lab is equipped with closed circuit television (CCTV) for instruction. The overhead monitors and portable TV camera are used in lab demonstrations and as a data acquisition system for research projects. This lab currently meets all program requirements.<br />AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY LAB (NE 102)Item No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For11Engine scopeSun120097/$12,500Class/Projects21Engine DynamometerSuperFlowSF90194/$25,000Class/Research31Air/Fuel Ratio MeterHoribaMexa 11093/$7,500Class/Research41Battery TesterOTCMinuteman96/$3,500Class/Research51EngineChevy2.2L95/$2,500Class/Research61CCTV SystemPanasonicVWCL93/$950Class/Research71Lab ScopeOTCVision00/$7,600Class/Projects81Exhaust AnalyzerOTCPerformance03/$3,500Class/Projects91Exhaust AnalyzerOTC5gas95/$7,750Class/Projects101Engine Exhaust AnalyzerOTCMicroGas01/$9,600Class/Projects111Digital Lab ScopeOTCPerception00/$2,700Class/Projects121PullersOTC9/$1,350Class/Projects131Wheel BalancerFMC580090/$5,000Class/Projects141Tire ChangerMontyS41091/$3,500Class/Projects152HoistsRotaryAB93/$11,200Class/Projects161Valve GrinderNewaySet03/$6,600Class/Projects171Ignition TrainerATEC--98/$4,800Class/Projects181Fuel Injector TesterNewAge200189/$7,500Class/Projects192Scan ToolOTCGenisys99/$4500 eachClass/Projects201Scan ToolGMTech 200/$6500Class/Projects211Scan ToolWDSFord01/$9,000Class/Projects222Auto ComputersOTC400094/$4,300Class/Projects233ComputersDellInspiron03/$7,500All Classes/Projects24Automotive Specialty ToolsVarious--96-07/$45,000Class/Projects25111Software:All DataCAR TestEngine AnalyzerAll Data--03/$1,200 yearly98/$380Class Projects<br />79756085090333883085725<br />AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY LAB<br />HIGH PERFORMANCE CHASSIS DYNAMOMETER LAB (NE 102)<br />This laboratory is adjacent to the Automotive Engineering Technology Lab. The 750 NASF lab has over $85,000 of major equipment and is utilized for vehicle component development, wheel alignment and dynamic vehicle testing. The 1000 drive wheel horsepower/200 mile-per-hour chassis dynamometer is used for the measurement of power, fuel economy and road load.<br />This lab provides space and facilities adequate for AET 364, research projects and meets all program requirements.<br />HIGH PERFORMANCE CHASSIS DYNAMOMETER LAB (NE 102)Item No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For11Chassis DynamometerMustangSP 700002/$50,000Class/Senior Projects21Engine DynamometerStuska400HP95/$11,000Class/Senior Projects31Test EngineChevrolet2.2L95/$2,500Class/Senior Projects41Vehicle ScalesIntercomp6000 lb.06/$2,500Class/Senior Projects51Wheel Alignment SetVarious--98/$7,600Class/Senior Projects6--Specialty toolsVarious--96-07/$7,500Class/Senior Projects71Air/Fuel Ratio MeterInnovateLM-106//$1,200Class/Senior Projects<br />31610302730568199019050<br /> <br />HIGH PERFORMANCE CHASSIS DYNAMOMETER LAB<br />MINNESOTA CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH, MnCAR (NE 103)<br />This 1240 NASF laboratory is utilized by the AET program and has over $479,000 in major equipment. Lab facilities are used for class instruction in AET 364, AET 366, AET 486, as well as for Senior Design and Research projects. This lab was established in 1998.<br />The Minnesota Center for Automotive Research (MnCAR) is a research facility for evaluation of both engine and vehicle performance and emissions. The lab includes a system designed to evaluate vehicle and stationary engine emissions using the same procedures as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.<br />The Minnesota Center for Automotive Research is an integral component of the Automotive Engineering Technology program. The purpose of the Center is to provide industry and government with direct assistance in automotive research and product development, while allowing undergraduate students the opportunity to become directly involved in comprehensive projects.<br />This is a state-of-the-art emission measurement and research lab and provides space and facilities adequate for classes and projects and meets all program requirements. <br />In 2006 the Center applied for a state grant to upgrade the facilities and equipment. An award of $750,000 has been received and work is currently underway raising the additional funds required and making plans for a new building to be built on campus to house the facility. The lab will be able to conduct engine and vehicle emission testing including evaporative emissions analysis that will be recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency. <br />MINNESOTA CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH LAB (NE 102)Item No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For11Emission Testing System-CVSAC Inertia Simulation dynoFlame Ionization AnalysisChemiluminesent AnalysisNon-Dispersive Infra-Red AnalysisCalibration EquipmentSoftwareCal Analytical--98/$158,500Class Projects/Research21Emission Test Up-gradesHeated FIDMethane AnalysisRaw Gas BenchCalibration GassesSoftwareCal Analytical--00/$90,500Class Projects/Research<br />32Engine Dyno Stuska400 HP99/$6,000Class Projects/Research41Engine Dyno Land & Sea100 HP98/$9,500Class Projects/Research53EngineChevrolet5.32 L V-896/$2,500Class Projects/Research61EngineChevrolet2.2 L I-495/$2,500Class Projects/Research71Scale – ElectronicA&D40Kg94/$2,850Class Projects/Research84Computers/PrintersDellInspiron05/$10,000Class Projects/Research91Engine Diesel Daihatsu06/$1,200101Engine Dyno/ Eddy CurrentDyne Systems30 HP06/$70,000Class Projects/Research11Software 1 SusProg 3D2 National InstrumentsSusProgLab View 8.2$1,600$10,000121Photoacoustic Analyzer Able to do HC SpeciationInnova 3433 Multigas07/$54,500Class Projects/Research131Engine Cycle AnalysisCTSIEngine Optimizer05/$10,000Class Projects/Research141Motorcycle/ATV Chassis DynoSuperFlowCycleDyn96/$32,000Class Projects/Research15Misc. EquipmentVarious98-07/$18,000Class Projects/Research<br />83121591440310959599060<br /> <br /> <br />3124835338455810895343535<br />MnCAR EMISSION RESEARCH LAB<br />HIGH PERFORMANCE SYSTEMS LAB (NE 101)<br />This 800 NASF laboratory is utilized by the AET program and has over $56,000 in major equipment. Lab facilities are used for instruction in AET 364, AET 366, AET 468, as well for Senior Design and Research projects. <br />The lab includes equipment to design and measure components ranging from shock absorbers to cam shafts. There is also a significant amount of computer simulation software to model engine operation, cylinder head performance, and vehicle suspension systems.<br />This is a state-of-the-art precision measurement lab supporting classes and research. Provides space and facilities adequate for classes and projects and meets all program requirements.<br />HIGH PERFORMANCE SYSTEMS LAB (NE 101)Item No.QuantityInventory NameMakeModelYear/CostUsed For11FlowbenchSuperFlowSF102098/$10,500Class Projects/Research21FlowbenchSuperFlowSF30081/$4,700Class Projects/Research31FlowbenchSuperFlowSF6098/$3,500Class Projects/Research41Camshaft AnalyzerCam Pro Plus--86/$1,400Class Projects/Research5--Research Measurement ToolsVarious--96-01/$10,000Class Projects/Research61Shock DynamometerRoehrig04/$10,000Class Projects/Research74Computers/PrintersDellInspiron05/$1,800Class Projects/Research8Software1 SuperFlow WinDyn2 SusProg 3D3 MoTeC4 Cam pro plus5 Cam Analyser 6 Port Flow Analyzer7 Engine Analyzer(12 seats)8 Dynomation (5 seats)SuperFlowSusProgPref TrendsPref TrendsPref Trends04/$160004/$20002/$45002/$300 each04/$750 eachClass Projects/Research<br />33191457239069596078105<br /> <br /> <br />30245056604067373558420<br />HIGH PERFORMANCE SYSTEMS LAB<br />ADDITIONAL FACILITIES<br />The AET program uses the Mechanical Engineering Departments Structures lab for the MET 177, MET 322 and AET 378 classes for testing of material strength of samples prepared by students as a variety class projects. These include examining welded or brazed joints, composite materials and standard construction materials. These labs are assigned and maintained by Mechanical Engineering Department but are shared when needed. Because of cost and space involved this arrangement will be continued.<br />Equipment used:<br />1. MTS materials strength testing machine (TR E-111)<br /> 2. T. Olsen testing machine (TR E-111)<br />3.Metallurgy microscopes (TR E-113)<br />4.Metallurgy analyzer (TR E-109) <br />5.Rockwell and Brinell hardness testers (TR E-111)<br /><<Discuss the adequacy of the classrooms, laboratories, and associated equipment to accomplish the program educational objectives in an atmosphere conducive to learning.>><br /><<Discuss the adequacy of internet and information infrastructures to support the scholarly activities of the students and faculty required to achieve the program educational objectives.>><br /><<Is laboratory equipment, modern computing equipment, and software characteristic of that encountered in the industry and professional practice served by the program?>><br />Major Instructional and Laboratory Equipment<br /><<List major instructional and laboratory equipment and attach as Appendix C>><br />. Facilities<br />Key Facilities Improvements <br />Over the past several years, two key forces have influenced each program’s ability to leverage funding to better meet the needs of program students and constituencies. First, is the public and private interest in sustainable and more efficient energy use through vehicle design and related environmental infrastructure. Second, is the realization that manufacturing is and will continue to face an increasing shortage of a skilled workforce to compete locally and globally. Both forces have raised the visibility of the faculty, programs, and students to the community at large. <br />All faculty are involved working internally and externally to develop and capitalize on these opportunities through public and private partnerships. These efforts are largely represented in the Faculty Analysis in Section 5 of this report. MET program needs have experience the greatest infusion of funding compared to previous years in the Automation and Rapid Prototyping areas with over $150,000 in new equipment bringing it to a point where program needs are being served to accomplish MET program outcomes and objectives. These will be a highlight of the visit, in addition to the activity around bio-fuels design integration, and testing in the AET program. <br />These forces also served to realize the Minnesota Center of Excellence for Manufacturing and Engineering (MNCEME) where MSU is the lead institution along with 6 other community and technical colleges around the state. In addition to working with industry to provide students exposure to the wide variety of technologies unable to be put under the academic roof, this partnership is enabling more shared resource activity in the future. The equipping of these labs have not been without broad external guidance. Cited in the request for proposal which aided in garnering the MNCEME award to MSU and its partners along with the “Engineering 20/20 Study”, was the National Advanced Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM) 2005 study on seven identified potentially disruptive manufacturing technologies expected to reach saturation in the next 8 years. (Report on Industry Views Towards: Categories of Innovative and Potentially Disruptive Advanced Manufacturing Technologies”, National Advanced Council For Advanced Manufacturing April 2005 http://www.nacfam.org/ )<br />The 7 Disruptive Manufacturing Technologies were identified in this compelling report as:<br />Sensors<br />Micro Fabrication and Nano Fabrication<br />Smart Systems<br />Reconfigurable Tools and Systems<br />Solid Free Form Fabrication<br />Modeling and Simulation<br />Visualization, Planning, and Knowledge Management<br />These seven areas have provided a key guidance component to the hard and soft infusion of technology resources into the AMET programs. For example, a full set of Lean resources are available for students to access in the MSU Library. These are the full resources listed to support students in preparation for the SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) Lean Certification Exam. Other reference tools for MET and AET students in their discipline are available through electronic means and many be reviewed during the visit. <br />Facilities Summary<br />Since the programs are so closely tied, annual Materials and Equipment (M&E) expenditures for each<br />program and other funding pursuits, often compliment the programs mutually. Several brief examples<br />include:<br />1) facilities which enrich the AET program objectives have been bolstered by research grants from associations such as the Minnesota Corn Growers and The State of Minnesota. A recent grant has allowed 2 MET graduate students to engage with undergraduates and faculty in a project using 20% ethanol blends and Plug-In Hybrid vehicles.<br />2) several students seeking in house MET Sr. Design Projects were able to work with the 2007 SAE Formula Car Team using ergonomic analysis software assisting in the improved design of human factors for the vehicle as this area is not taught in the AET program. <br />3) the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), purchased through a matching MNCEME and industry grant, is primary to the advanced MET curriculum for applications of two identified disruptive manufacturing technologies, Solid Free Form Modeling, and Modeling and Simulation. However, the AET students have used this equipment to shorten the lead time and predictability for Sr. Design Projects central to their program outcomes. <br />