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The “Mini-Project in Industrial Engineering” course at Technion’s Enterprise Systems Modeling Laboratory

The Enterprise Systems Modeling Laboratory (ESML) is a unique research and education facility at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. The educational concept is based on technology-enhanced active and collaborative learning. Students work in teams of variable sizes according to the needs and class size. Teamwork is central in this activity. It emulates real industrial and commercial environments, where no one is a solo performer and no significant achievement can be the result of the actions of any single individual.

One of the courses taught in this lab by Professor Dov Dori is “Mini-Project in Industrial Engineering”. In this course, young second-semester undergraduate students actively engage in designing and modeling a real-life project with the objective of exposing them early on in their career to real-life projects and experiencing both the hurdles and satisfaction involved in their execution.

In the Fall semester of 2010-11, a team in this course won First Place in a contest organized by INCOSE_IL for SleepBuster – a system that is designed to decrease the likelihood of traffic accidents due to drivers’ fatigue.
Representatives of the students team who won the Challenge Contest within the 2011 INCOSE_IL Conference, March 8-9, of designing SleepBuster receive the Certificate and the award of 4000 NIS, which was donated to “Or Yarok” non-for-profit organization aimed at fighting traffic accidents in Israel.
In the picture from left to right: The students Vered Tal and Navot Degani, Mr. Moshe Salem, Head of ILTAM – Israeli Users Association, and Dr. Avigdor Zonnenshain, INCSOE Fellow and Conference Chair.

This semester, Fall 2011-12, students in the same course are working in parallel on designing and conceptually modeling two projects related to VISIONAIR with teams in the UK. The first project is a low-cost scanner for preventive medicine in collaboration with a team from Cranfield University headed by Prof. Daniel Steenstra. The second project is FIRM – Framework for Innovation and Research in MediaCityUK in collaboration with a team from Salford University headed by Prof. Fernando Terrence. We hold periodic video conferences throughout the semester and are making good progress on both projects.