Course and Curriculum Changes Accompany the PACE In-Kind Contribution
The PACE in-kind contribution to the University of Cincinnati is about more than hardware and software. It’s essentially about the best preparation for students entering what BusinessWeek recently called “today’s idea-based, design-obsessed economy.”
Date: 10/18/2007 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Lisa Ventre
The corporate in-kind contributions to the University of Cincinnati mean new opportunities for students – opportunities that will require new courses. Among the curriculum changes are
- A Global Product Design and Manufacturing undergraduate minor to begin in fall 2008.
- A Global Product Design and Manufacturing certificate program to follow.
- A graduate program in Global Product Design and Manufacturing also to follow.
- A sculpting certificate program to provide fine arts students training in clay modeling, software training and milling capabilities, all used in the automotive industry.
- A new 2008-2009 series of courses for design, engineering and business students called Product Life Cycle and Sustainable Design, to focus on advanced concepts in design, engineering, manufacturing, business strategies and product lifecycle management.
- A Sustainable Design Studio dedicated to eco-product development.
In conjunction with these curricular changes, UC’s internationally recognized College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) just expanded its Rapid Prototyping Center (used for creating models of transportation and product designs) from a size of 800 square feet to nearly 4,000 square feet in order to accommodate increased software, hardware and equipment capacity. In addition, design studios within DAAP have also been updated and expanded.
Finally, UC will found the 7,000 square-foot Center for Global Design and Manufacturing to be co-directed by Sam Anand, professor of mechanical engineering, and Brigid O’Kane, former auto designer and UC associate professor of design. It will be equipped with state-of-the-art computing, visualization, manufacturing, prototyping and inspection systems as well as communication systems to allow for international cooperation between UC students and their PACE counterparts around the world.