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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2001
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394- 6082
CHANGE: SOUTH DAKOTA TECH AND WDTI STUDENTS WILL WORK TOGETHER NEXT WEEK, NOT THIS WEEK AS THIS RELEASE STATES. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.
Heading Off the Dilbert Effect
In the cartoon “ Dilbert,” management and workers constantly disagree and consider each other a bunch of dolts.
A project between the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Western Dakota Technical Institute aims to stop those misunderstandings before they start. Students from the two schools are cooperating on a design and manufacturing project that links designers from South Dakota Tech with manufacturers from WDTI.
“ In industry, engineers are often regarded as ignorant and without common sense or arrogant by the people on the manufacturing side, and engineers often believe that manufacturers don’t have good ideas and knowledge,” Chenoa Jensen, a Tech mechanical engineering instructor, said. “ Communication doesn’t always happen.”
This is the first time South Dakota Tech and WDTI have worked together on this kind of project, and it is believed to be one of the first times a state university has worked closely with a technical institute.
“ I think the real world scenario of technical people working with engineers in designing parts is a realistic way of designing,” Jerry Gossard, a WDTI instructor, said. “ The technicians know what the equipment is capable of designing and the engineers then become aware of the capabilities. If a design is not manufactureable, then the design defeated the purpose. It helps engineers make functional and useable designs.”
Tech students are leading the design of the product – a key chain – and WDTI students are leading the manufacturing. Students will inscribe “ Tech” on one side of each key chain, and they will personalize the other side. All 120 students involved in the project will receive a key chain.
The students will work together at the following times in WDTI’s Mickelson Building.
DAYS AND TIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED
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