THIS PROGRAM IS FOR STATEWIDE POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS ONLY
Manufacturing and Measurement in England
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This program is designed to be an opportunity for Purdue Statewide Polytechnic students to experience the manufacturing industry in England and to participate in a mini-capstone design project at Coventry University in Coventry, England.
This program will focus on Coventry University, a Polytechnic strategic partner university, and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) at Coventry. The AME has a partnership with a local company, Unipart Manufacturing Group that brings together the academic and the industry.
The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) is a collaboration between Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing Group. According to their website, this collaboration is partially funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and it brings together the best in academia, industry and R&D in a ‘live’ manufacturing environment.
The Institute aims to:
• Develop industry-ready engineering graduates
• Research and develop innovative technology for automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, power generation and rail sectors
• Disseminate research and technologies for the benefit of Unipart, its suppliers and UK manufacturing
• Create new postgraduate learning opportunities and professional development courses for industry
• Drive economic growth by making the UK globally competitive
Part of this study abroad experience will be a mini-capstone design project where the participants are given a project to solve involving manufacturing at Unipart. This is similar to projects that current Coventry University AME students engage in during their studies. During the two-week study abroad experience, the participants have time to brainstorm solutions and determine the best solution to the problem, finishing with a final project presentation at the end of the trip. Participants are graded using standard Polytechnic rubrics for design, problem solving, leadership, teamwork, oral presentation, quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement. Additionally, assessment practices utilized by Coventry faculty in the AME are also used in an investigation to compare those practices with those used at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus. Note that the study abroad teams working on this project will be multi-disciplinary and it is expected that would include highly technical students majoring in MET or EET but also include those in programs focusing on robotics, quality improvement, leadership, teamwork, supply chain, or computer and information technology to cover all
disciplines of Purdue Polytechnic.
Other manufacturing activities include tours of manufacturers Cummins, Caterpillar, Rolls Royce, and Jaguar Land Rover, all of which are nearby Coventry.
Cultural activities include witnessing a performance in Stratford-Upon-Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company, tours of Warwick Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford University, all of which are near Coventry.
Weekend trips to London and Paris are planned and the company Weekend Student Adventures will be employed to facilitate those activities. Some highlights of the weekend in London include a visit to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich to straddle the Prime Meridian and to learn how the measurement of time has influenced technology; the London Transport museum; London Science museum; a cruise on the Thames; walking tours of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Parliament buildings and a ride on the London Eye.
Highlights in Paris include the Eiffel Tower at night, Notre Dame, a cruise on the Seine, the Musee Des Artes et Metiers (Innovation and Technology museum), the Louvre museum, and a ride through the Chunnel from London to Paris.
Monday, May 13th
Travel to Birmingham, England
Tuesday, May 14th
AM: Arrive in Birmingham
Travel to Coventry
PM: Lunch on your own in the Coventry city center area
Guided city walking tour in afternoon including tour of Coventry University
6:00pm Group Dinner
Wednesday, May 15th
Introduction to Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
AM: Tour AME
Lunch at Unipart
PM: Introduction of AME/Unipart Project
Time to research/brainstorm project
Evening: Shakespeare & Performance in Stratford-Upon-Avon
Thursday, May 16th
AM: Continuation of Project Work
Lunch in City center
PM: Walking tour of Coventry Cathedral/City Center
Evening: Group Dinner
Friday, May 17th
AM: Tour of Cummins Daventry
PM: Train to London
Meet guide from Weekend Student Adventures
Evening: Cruise on the Thames
Saturday, May 18th
AM Train to Royal Observatory – Prime Meridian, Time Measurement
PM Walking tour covering Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, London Eye
Group Dinner – Free time after dinner or Trafalgar Square and other night life
Sunday, May 19th
AM: London Transport Museum
PM: Science Museum
Evening: Train back to Coventry
Monday, May 20th
AM: Project Time
PM: Coventry Transport Museum
Tuesday, May 21st
Day trip to Stonehenge and Oxford University
Dinner on your own
Wednesday, May 22nd
AM: Project Time/Presentation Finalization
PM: Visit Jaguar/Range Rover
Thursday, May 23rd
AM: Presentation Practice
PM: Warwick Castle/Caterpillar Tour
Friday, May 24th
AM: Project Presentations/Wrap Up
PM: Train to London/Train through Chunnel to Paris
Evening: Eiffel Tower at Night
Saturday, May 25th
AM: Notre Dame, Latin Quarter, Sainte Chapele
PM: Musee Des Artes Metiers – Technology and Innovation Museum
Evening: Cruise on the Seine
Sunday, May 26th
AM: Walking Tour Montmatre & Sacre Coeur
PM: Lourve Museum
Evening: Final Group Dinner
Monday, May 27th
Fly to USA from Paris
Contact program leader Joe Fuehne via email with your questions.