Manufacturing and Measurement in England


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.


Preliminary Itinerary

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

          Tour Unipart

          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

          Group Dinner

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.

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Department Location Duration Professor
Statewide Polytechnic England Maymester Joseph Fuehne