BUFFALO, N.Y. — The concluding group of online courses
that explore technologies revolutionizing American factories,
developed by the University at Buffalo, roll out on the worldwide
Coursera platform beginning next week.
The massive open online courses (MOOCs) are installments seven
through 10 in a 10-part “101” series called Digital
Manufacturing and Design Technology. The first-of-its-kind
series explores how data is being used to connect and improve each
stage of the manufacturing process. The project is a partnership
with the Chicago-based, federally funded Digital Manufacturing and
Design Innovation Institute (DMDII).
The new MOOCs to debut are:
Manufacturing Commons (opendmc.org), available on May 15 and
taught by Chi Zhou, PhD, UB assistant professor of industrial and
systems engineering. The Digital Manufacturing Commons (DMC) is an
open, online space for companies of all sizes to collaborate and
transform how they design and manufacture their products. This
course explores how the DMC platform will support an online
community of users who can share data, analytical models,
simulations, industry best practices and more.
Security in Manufacturing, available on June 12 and taught
by Shambhu Upadhyaya, PhD, UB professor of computer science
and engineering. The nature of digital manufacturing and design
(DM&D), and its heavy reliance on creating a digital thread of
product and process data and information, makes it a prime target
for hackers and counterfeiters. This course will introduce students
to why creating a strong and secure infrastructure should be of
paramount concern for anyone operating in the DM&D domain, and
measures that can be employed to protect operational technologies,
systems and resources.
Model-Based Systems Engineering, available on July 10 and
taught by Kenneth English, PhD, deputy director of UB’s
SMART (Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies)
Community of Excellence. This Model-Based Systems Engineering
(MBSE) course and the digital thread courses of the specialization
bring together the concepts from across DM&D, forming a vision
in which the geometry of a product is just one way of describing
it. MBSE is where the model resulting from the evolution of system
requirements, design, analysis, verification and validation
activities is the focus of design and manufacturing. Students will
gain an understanding of systems engineering, the model-based
approach to design and manufacturing, the digital twin and a
roadmap toward a model-based enterprise.
to Success in Digital Manufacturing & Design, available on
July 10 and facilitated by Amy Moore, project manager at UB’s
Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE), who acts as a roadmap
guide. Through this culminating project, learners will create a
roadmap to achieve their own personal goals related to the DM&D
profession, which will help them leverage relevant opportunities.
It provides a tangible element to include in their professional
portfolios that showcases their knowledge of Industry 4.0.
Each course includes video-based instruction, peer interactions,
assessments and project work.
The first six MOOCs of the series are open for enrollment. They
Manufacturing & Design, Digital
Thread: Components, Digital
Thread: Implementation, Advanced
Manufacturing Process Analysis, Intelligent
Machining and Advanced
Course development is being led by TCIE, the business outreach
center of UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in
coordination with SMART,
the Center for Educational Innovation and industry partners.
Efforts are partially funded with a $380,000 award from DMDII and
its parent organization, UI LABS.
Learners may sign up for individual courses or the complete
series. There is no charge to access course content that includes
videos and readings. The fee to gain access to content plus all
assignments in a course or the complete series, and the opportunity
to earn a certificate in digital manufacturing and design, is $49