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Engineering Value in U.S. Manufacturing


The manufacturing sector in the U. S. is often portrayed as something that is in decay.  To the contrary, many manufacturers are growing rapidly, and in serious need of good engineering talent.  However, since much manufacturing is regional, many students are unaware of the excitement, opportunities, and challenges in today’s manufacturing environment.

Ohio Northern University, with support from the Kern Family Foundation, is pleased to offer a summer course open to KEEN students that will focus on the entrepreneurial mindset and its application in a manufacturing environment.  Students will travel to multiple world-class manufacturing facilities, and work in teams to identify opportunities, build prototypes, and communicate solutions to clients.

Ohio Northern University is very pleased to announce that through the generosity of the Kern Family Foundation and with aid from Ohio Northern University, we are able to offer to 12 students full scholarships including a stipend for room and board and travel.


Course Name: Engineering Value in U.S. Manufacturing

Course Dates: Tuesday May 29, 2018 - Friday June 15, 2018

Course Description: This three-credit hour course will be taught as an immersive, 3-week experience based at Ohio Northern University.  The course is a 3000-level engineering course and will include trips to multiple, world-class, manufacturing facilities in the region.  Students will work to identify opportunities in those settings, design and prototype solutions that create value, and communicate those solutions directly to a client. In 2016, students visited Sauder Woodworking Co., Crown Equipment Corp., and International Paper. Students were divided into teams and assigned a project from one of the three companies. Each team utilized design thinking skills learned throughout the course to create a solution and prototype for the customer. Teams had an opportunity for a follow-up visit to their assigned company where they asked questions of the customer and the customer asked questions of them in an effort to enhance the overall project design. The course culminated with presentations of the solutions and prototypes to company representatives and faculty in the Ohio Northern T. J. Smull College of Engineering.

Additional information can be found at

Course Outcomes: 

  • Become familiar with the U.S. manufacturing sector.
  • Identify opportunities to create value within a manufacturing setting
  • Apply creative thinking to ambiguous problems
  • Apply systems thinking to complex problems
  • Convey engineering solutions in economic terms

How to Apply:

All applicants must submit a resume, GPA, cover letter and a minimum of one faculty reference to apply. Please include cell phone number and current university on your resume. Applicants cover letter needs to describe why they are interested in this specific course. All materials and questions can be sent to KEEN at ONU ( Attn: Hannah Benzing. 

Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018


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KEEN Summer Course
College of Engineering

Lori Goldsmith

Executive Administrative Assistant
Biggs 201
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed