August 1, 2022
Eight high school teachers and two community college faculty from the Louisville metropolitan region participated in a six-week summer research program funded by NSF (Dr. Aqlan as PI). The RET Site provides a STEM-based platform to engage teachers in manufacturing research and develops a sustainable educational model that connects academic institutions and industry to improve awareness and interest in manufacturing.
The participants worked on 5 manufacturing research projects (mentored by IE faculty) in the areas of manufacturing simulation, eye tracking, fog computing, 3D printing of sport sensors, and design of customized shoe sole. In addition to the research activities, the RET teachers participated in curriculum development workshops, research presentations, lab tours, and industry visits.
Participants also attended three half-day sessions on logistics engineering, hosted by the UofL’s Logistics and Distribution Institute (LoDI). The training workshop, specifically designed for high school teachers, also included a panel discussion about incorporating logistics into STEM curriculum, a fieldtrip to GE Appliances – a Haier Company, and demonstration of two leading supply chain software by industry partners Logility and SkuVault.