Industrial Engineering

Clemson wins first place at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges Summit!

- March 2009

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At the Summit on the NAE Grand Challenges held at Duke University in March 2009, Thashika D. Rupasinghe and Deepak Vembar (Advanced Technology Systems Laboratory at Dept. of IE) won first place in the Learning/Computation Poster Competition. They received this award for their research poster entitled "Virtual reality in Aircraft Maintenance Technology". The Grand Challenges are a critical grouping of problems that must be addressed and solved in order to maintain our national security, quality of life and sustainable future.

This study is a part of an NSF funded initiative (#0703061) led by Dr. Anand K. Gramopadhye, Dr. Andrew Duchowski (Computer Science) and Dr. Mary Beth Kurz (IE), in collaboration with Greenville Technical College to create Virtual Reality (VR) technology to aid in training aircraft maintenance technicians in visual inspection tasks.

Findings of this ongoing research have been presented at the NSF Advanced Technology Education Conference held in Washington, DC in October 2008 and will be presented at the IERC in May 2009 (Miami, Florida) and the ASEE Conference (American Society For Engineering Education) in June 2009 (Austin, Texas).



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