Archives: Yearly Archives: 2017
New Associate Deans for Business Programs
From left, Associate Deans Robert Day, Sulin Ba, and David Souder. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
Professors Day, Souder Assume New Leadership Roles; Strive to Further Distinguish Business Programs
The School of Business has appointed two veteran professors, Bob Day and David Souder, to its top leadership team.
Day, an associate professor in OPIM and co-director of the interscholastic Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program, will serve as associate dean of undergraduate programs.
Souder, an associate professor of management who has served as the academic director of UConn’s Executive MBA program, will be associate dean for graduate programs.
They join Sulin Ba, associate dean of academic and research support, in the three-person team working most closely with Dean John A. Elliott.
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Manufacturing Enters Era of Artificial Intelligence
UConn’s MEM Program Gives Students Unique Mix of Business, Engineering Skills for Technology Revolution
In just the past seven or so years, the world of manufacturing has inaugurated the next phase of its own evolution with a new set of guiding principles known as “Industry 4.0.” Just as the transitions from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age to the Iron Age marked periods of radical, sweeping advances for the human species, Industry 4.0 marks the next, drastically different epoch of production technology.
The first phase in this arc of history was the Industrial Revolution. Laboring artisans gave way to factories, in which the driving technological innovations were the use of water mills and steam power to drive heavy equipment. In the early 20th century the second phase came with Henry Ford’s assembly line, allowing for the incredible efficiency of mass production. The Second World War served to amplify the speed of change in this era, with the focus of the war effort spurring intellectual advances toward greater and greater efficiency in human systems.
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Top Companies Hire MEM Graduates; Starting Salaries Impressive
Twenty-four students graduated from the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing program, earning Bachelor of Science degrees from both the School of Business and the School of Engineering in May.
Graduates have accepted positions with Fidelity, Frito-Lay, General Electric, Gems Sensors, i2Systems, Legrand, Quest Global Services, Pratt & Whitney, Unilever and UTC Aerospace and more.
Last year’s program graduates made an impressive entry into the job market, earning a mean base salary of almost $71,000. MEM graduates had the highest starting mean salary out of all majors in the School of Business.
MEM Students Solve Industry Problems, Discuss Solutions During Senior Design Demonstration Day
The Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) seniors impressed the judges on Senior Design Demonstration Day with the quality and innovation of their work.
Eight project teams competed in the April 28 event before judges from industry, senior design sponsors and faculty. All three winning teams consisted of students from two majors, MEM and Mechanical Engineering (ME).
The first place winners were a team of students who developed a cost-effective manufacturing and distribution process for Egghead Ice Cream, a pre-packaged, molded ice cream that fits into the top of an ice cream cone. The team included Dhanya Abraham (MEM), Connor Bowman (MEM), Jackson Haigis (MEM), Priya Naraine (MEM), Myles Gibbs (ME), Alexander McGuigan (ME), and Shanil Savla (ME).
Egghead Ice Cream is the brainstorm of then 11-year-old Hannah Pucci, now a Danbury High School student, who obtained a patent for her idea. The senior design team partnered with the Pucci family to develop a cost-effective manufacturing process to make the novelty ice cream. The team addressed manufacturing, distribution, mold plate design, packaging options, cost analysis, process flow and distribution outlets. The information helped demonstrates the viability and cost effectiveness of the concept.
The second place award was given to the team that worked with family-run Plastonics Inc., a company that was looking to improve a plastics- coating machine. The team included Matthew Getman (MEM), Lindsey Gilson (MEM), Connor Mitchell (MEM), Vinay Venkatesh (MEM), William Muenzinger (ME), Steven Nilla (ME), and Jordan Weiss (ME). The company uses powder coating for metals and its products are found in automobiles, sports equipment, springs and more. The team was tasked with improving efficiency in the small parts department, specifically to bring Mini-Coat 2 back up to production standards, resulting in additional customers. The team presented a two-component solution addressing technical enhancement and work-flow management.
The third place winning team worked to modernize Chapman Manufacturing’s automated ball machine. The team included Ying Jiang (MEM), Boyu Wang (MEM), Albion Dinkollari (ME), Kyle Dupre (ME), and William Kehoe (ME). The objective of the project was to improve the feeding process for a rotary ball machine. The goal was to design and fabricate a machine that could accomplish three tasks without requiring direct machine-operator interaction. The team was able to come up with an affordable and reliable solution that allows for easy troubleshooting and the ability to free operators for other tasks.
Egghead Ice Cream Team
MEM Banquet 2017
On Monday April 3, 2017, MEM students, alumni, senior design sponsors, industrial advisory board members, faculty and staff celebrated the coming close of the school year at the annual MEM Banquet. Mr. Leo Veilleux, Chief Engineer at United Technologies Aerospace Systems, gave the keynote speech on his company’s many levels of engineering and their vision for the future.
Top-performing MEM undergraduates received scholarships from the Dymax Corporation and the Donald Hempel Memorial Fund. This year’s student-nominated “Top Dog” award winner was Scott Washburn, while senior Stephen Gallo took home the Top Scholar award for his outstanding academic performance over four years in the program. See pictures of all of the award and scholarship recipients below.
See more of the banquet photos from the event below!
MEM Students Tour Dymotek’s Manufacturing Facility
MEM students and faculty visited Dymotek, a molding and assembling facility in Ellington CT. Mr. Norman Forest, CEO of the company welcomed everyone, and his staff guided our students throughout the plant. Dymotek has adopted automation as its principal manufacturing method. They observed the production processes being performed by different types of industrial robots throughout the plant floors. It was truly a valuable learning experience for our students!
MEM Student Saves Company $1 Million
During the eight months that UConn senior Lindsey Gilson ’17 (BUS, ENG) worked at Unilever, she led two projects that saved the company over $1 million and improved its inventory system.
Gilson, who is a Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) major, found that the company’s grocery inventory system had flaws that caused it to report product availability incorrectly.
“People would go to the shelves and say, ‘I really want this size of mayonnaise, but it’s not there,’” Gilson said. “They either didn’t buy it, or they bought a competitor’s mayonnaise.”
For her exceptional work with Unilever, Gilson was named UConn Co-op of the year for 2016 and Intern of the Year by the American Society for Engineering Education. (UConn refers to her eight-month stint at Unilever as a Co-op, or Cooperative Educational Experience, while the American Society for Engineering Education defines her term as an internship.)
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