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Published on January 1, 2006

The Evolution of Rubber Engineering Technology Education at Ferris State University

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Date Published January 1, 2006
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This Report has been authored by:Robert Speirs at Ferris State University

Ferris State University’s Rubber Engineering Technology program started in 1998 with the first graduates exiting the University in May of 2002. Since 2002, over 75 Associate in Applied Science and Bachelors of Science degrees have been conferred. Historically, Ferris State has been an applied technology University. The “Rubber” program is no exception. Students are introduced to the ingredients required in a rubber compound, their effect and mixing procedures including operation of Banbury mixers. Once familiarized, the student learns testing and analysis procedures accepted in the industry. Finally, the student compounds are brought into the processing laboratory where they are molded or extruded into an end product. As part of the educational experience, students have started to perform undergraduate research sponsored by industry. These projects have resulted in relevant data for the industrial sponsor and a positive experience for the students(s).