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Summer Course Offering

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. You can learn more about one student's perspective on the 2016 course through our KEEN Featured Story on Colin Blymyer.

Course Name: 

Engineering Value in U.S. Manufacturing

Course Dates: 

2017 dates coming soon!

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.

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 and a minimum of one faculty reference to apply. Please include cell phone number and current university on your resume. Applicants may also submit an optional cover letter describing why they are interested in this specific course. All materials and questions can be sent to KEEN at ONU ( Attn: Katie Mefferd. 

2016 Participants:

Noureen Abdelrahman, Lafayette College

Bilal Akbar, Lafayette College

David Angel, Lafayette College

Amrit Bhandari, Lafayette College

Madhav Bista, Lafayette College

Colin Blymyer, Ohio Northern University

Clayton Boyce-Fahl, Ohio Northern University

John Dillon, Florida Institute of Technology

Joseph Mullen, Ohio Northern University

Ugochukwu David Okeibunor, Lafayette College

Michael Reader, St. Louis University

Ciara Regan, Lafayette College

Eric Voigtlander, Florida Institute of Technology

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