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Five questions with Frank Pfefferkorn about manufacturing systems education

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

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  Frank Pfefferkorn is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program at UW-Madison. Q: What is the Manufacturing Systems Engineering program? A: The Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE) program is an interdisciplinary master’s degree-granting program that was founded in 1983. The MSE program is part of the College of [...]

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The science of the assembly line

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

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Once a powerhouse of manufacturing, the United States now faces stiff competition from Asian companies that, with a cheaper workforce, can afford to keep prices low. However, says Industrial and Systems Engineering Associate Professor Jingshan Li, boosting productivity, as well as quality and the flexibility of a manufacturing operation allows profitability even with a well-paid [...]

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For older drivers, technology isn’t a distraction

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

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While technologies such as navigation systems, cell phones and MP3 players can distract a driver’s attention to the road, those same technologies can help older adults be safer drivers. Accident risk follows a distinct pattern over a person’s lifetime. It’s high for young people, then lessens as they gain experience and reach middle age. Then, [...]

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A multidisciplinary perspective on biological systems

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by .

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For more than a half century, the Petri dish has served as a living laboratory for biologists who intensively studied its contents and advanced our understanding of how microbial and mammalian cells behave. Now, however, researchers are drawing on knowledge and tools in such diverse areas as genetics, computer science, ecology and engineering to study [...]

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