Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

Betsy Aller, Ph.D.

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
F-227 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: (269) 276-3354
Email: betsy.aller@wmich.edu





Publications:


Refereed Journals / Books

B.M. Aller, D. Lyth, L. Mallak, “Capstone Project Team Formation:  Mingling Increases Performance and Motivation.”  Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, July 2008.

A.A. Kline, B.M. Aller, and E. Tsang, “First-Year Design and Beyond:  A Sequence of Service-Learning Design Courses to Build Students’ Professional Skills.”   International Network for Engineering Education and Research (iNEER), Special Volume, July 2008.

B.M. Aller, A.A. Kline, E. Tsang, R. Aravamuthan, and C. Phillips.  2005. “WeBAL:  A Web-based Assessment Library to Enhance Teaching and Learning in Engineering.” IEEE Transactions on Education, Special Issue on Web-based Learning 48(4), 764-771.

B.M. Aller, L. Mallak, and D. Lyth.  July/August 2005.  “Talk It Up (and Down, and Across).”  Industrial Management, 27-31.

W. Klein and B.M. Aller. “Writing Across the Curriculum in College Chemistry:  A Practical Bibliography.”   Journal of Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 2(3), April 1998.

B.M. Aller.  “Chapter 7:  Engineering Oral Reports.”  Manual for Report Writing in Engineering Design:  Guidelines for Advanced Engineering Students, 2nd ed.   D.W. Hubbard et al, editors.  Houghton, MI:  Michigan Technological University, 1992.

Assessment Materials Website

B.M. Aller, A.A. Kline, E. Tsang, and A. Rasmusson, “WeBAL:  Web-based Assessment Library,” CEAS, Western Michigan University, August 2004. <http://www.wmich.edu/engineer/webal/webal.htm>

Refereed Conference Proceedings - 2006 through 2009 only

(* indicates student[s] co-authors supported for conference travel and presentation)

*  A. Eaton, B. Richmond, K. Warners, J. Cook, A.A. Kline, B.M. Aller, and E. Tsang, "Design and Manufacturing of a Hands-on Apparatus for the Display of the Properties of Light."  Proceedings of the ASEE North Central Section Regional Conference, April 3-4, 2009, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.

*  Y. Patel, A. Gautraud, J. Rodriguez, and B.M. Aller.  “Design and Validation of a Power Slider Assembly for Industry."  Proceedings of the ASEE North Central Section Regional Conference, April 3-4, 2009, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.

*  D. Moseley, N. Tate, A.A. Kline, and B.M. Aller, “Introducing STEM Concepts to Middle-school Students through Interactive Learning.”  Proceedings of the ASEE North Central Section Regional Conference, March 28-29, 2008, Wright State University, Dayton, OH.

*  A. Eaton, B. Richmond, K. Warners, J. Cook, E. Tsang, B.M. Aller, and A.A. Kline, “Designing and Utilizing an Apparatus to Study the Ray Properties of Light.”  Proceedings of the ASEE North Central Section Regional Conference, March 28-29, 2008, Wright State University, Dayton, OH.

*  A.C. Hyder, B.M. Aller, and A.A. Kline, “Using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to Involve Students in Science and Technology.”  Proceedings of the ASEE North Central Section Regional Conference, March 28-29, 2008, Wright State University, Dayton, OH.

T. Place, B.M. Aller, E. Tsang, A.A. Kline, F. Severance, and T. Moon, “Evaluating and Improving Lifelong Learning and Career Awareness in a First-Year Learning Community,” Proceedings of the Frontiers in Engineering Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October, 2007

E. Tsang, B.M. Aller, T. Place, A. Kline, T. Moon, F. Severance, and C. Halderson, “Refining a Rubric for Evaluating Lifelong Learning and Career Awareness in a First-year Learning Community.”  Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 2007.

K. Bafna and B.M. Aller, “Enhancing the Learning of Engineering Economy with Innovative Technology and Teaching.”   Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI, June 2007.

*  P. Pagano, A. Rossman, K. Vasilnek, E. Brabant, B.M. Aller, A. Kline, and E. Tsang, “First-year Experience and Beyond:  Using the Engineering Design Process to Support Learning and Engineering Skill Development.”  Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI, June 2007.

L.A. Mallak, D.M. Lyth, B.M. Aller, and J. Engelberg, “Finding the Needle in a Haystack – Using TreeMaps to Analyze Supplier Performance.”  Proceedings of the Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), 2007. 

S. AbuBakr, A. Al-Fuqaha, R. Aravamuthan, M. Atashbar, K. Bafna, J. Kamman, S. Yahia, S. Van Dyken, T. Greene, B. Berquist, S. Butt, P. Ari-Gur, L. tenHarmsel, D. Qi, A. Kline, and B.M. Aller, “ Development of Curriculum and International Experience to Prepare Engineers for the New Global Market,” Proceedings of the Fifth ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October, 2006. 

T. Place, B.M. Aller, and E. Tsang, “Evaluating and Improving Student Opportunities in a First-year Learning Opportunity: Lifelong Learning and Career Awareness,” Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, San Diego, CA, October, 2006.

A.A. Kline, B.M. Aller, C. Crumbaugh, P. Vellom, and E. Tsang, “WIP:  Western Michigan University Partnership with K-12 Teachers to Improve STEM Education,”  Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, San Diego, CA, October, 2006.

E. Tsang, C. Halderson, I. Abdel-Qader, B. Aller, S. Butt, A. Kline, D. Miller, T. Place, S. Yehia, and K. Kallen, “Assessment of Faculty Mentoring Strategies of Student Learning Communities at Western Michigan University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences,” Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, San Diego, CA, October 2006.   

B.M. Aller, D.M. Lyth, and L.A. Mallak, “An Innovative Approach to Selecting Engineering Design Teams in an Academic Setting,” 27th ASEM National Conference Proceedings, Huntsville, AL, October 2006.

G.A. Twietmeyer, D.M. Lyth L.A. Mallak, and B.M. Aller, “Evaluating a New Knowledge Management Tool,” 27th ASEM National Conference Proceedings, Huntsville, AL, October 2006.

B. Aller, A. Choudhury, J. Kamman, J. Rodriguez, M. Elsamawal, M. Desjardin, “Industry-sponsored Design Competition:  Opportunities and Challenges for a Capstone Senior Design Project.”  Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Chicago, June 2006. 

T. Place and B.M. Aller, “Helping Students Become ‘Referees’:  Supporting a Critical Analysis of Resources Used in the Research-Writing Process,” Proceedings of the 8th International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Clemson, SC, May 2006. 


Grants:

“Senior Design Project, Under-represented Groups Outreach, and Lecture Series.” PI. Alcoa Foundation Community-based Organization: Global Education and Workplace Skills. Investigator: B.M. Aller.

“Improving Global Workplace Skills Through the Enhancement of the Senior Engineering Technology Experience.” PI. Alcoa Foundation Community-based Organization: Global Education and Workplace Skills. Investigators: B.M. Aller and L.A. Mallak.

“Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst” (DAAD). Co-PI. German Academic Exchange Service, support for students’ Engineering Study Abroad in Germany 2007. Investigators: B.M. Aller and A.A. Kline.

“WMU Design Center for K-12 Math and Science Learning.” Faculty Fellow. National Science Foundation. Investigators: A.A. Kline, A. Correa, C. Crumbaugh, P. Vellom, and E. Tsang.

“Assessment of Lifelong Learning.” Co-PI. University Assessment Steering Committee grant, WMU. Investigators: B.M. Aller, T. Swartz, and B. Cockrell.

"Online Assessment System to Improve Teaching and Learning," PI. Teaching and Learning with Technology grant program, WMU. Investigators: B.M. Aller, C. Phillips, A.A. Kline, E. Tsang, R. Aravamuthan. Completed as WeBAL: Web-Based Assessment Library, CEAS website.


Additional Teaching Activities:


Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP):

This pre-first year program, run at WMU (as well as UM, MSU, and Wayne State) during the month of July since 2006, introduces participants to college expectations and STEM topics. I have taught all years except 2007, and have been a Program Manager since 2008. Students take math, chemistry, biology, physics, technical communication, and college success strategies. We also enjoy many social activities, and travel to industry sites to expose the students to professional career choices and expectations. Our students compete against the other universities in the All-College LSAMP Day (see photo), and bond with each other to form a community of learners and friends before college even starts. We stay in touch throughout the school year with advising and professional development activities, and lots of eating together!

“Engineering in Germany” Study Abroad:

The first Study Abroad experience specifically from the CEAS, our May 2007 trip was a three-week tour of industry settings, historic and significant places, wineries (naturally), and wonderful scenic stops. Students learned German / European industry practices, and were exposed to new priorities in manufacturing and energy use. This trip also served as the first from the CEAS to partner with Universität Paderborn, which provided guides, advice, lab opportunities for our students, and many good times together.


Professional Memberships:

  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
    • Board member, NC regional; reviewer
  • American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME)
    • Advisor, WMU student chapter
  • Epsilon Mu Eta, The Engineering Management Honor Society
    • Elected to membership, 2006
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)

Honors and Awards:

Outstanding New Educator Award, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, WMU, 2007

Dean’s Award for Teaching, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, WMU: selected by graduating seniors David Smith (2004) and Joshua Wiese (2009)

Apprentice Faculty Grant, American Society for Engineering Education, Educational Research Methods (ERM) division, 2002: one of five awards of 28 nominees nationwide


Committees:

  • IME Assessment Committee  (chair or co-chair since 2002)
  • IME ABET Committee  (ongoing since 2003)
  • CEAS Assessment Committee  (since 2002)
  • CEAS Senior Capstone Design Faculty Group – founder, member since 2003
  • WMU University Academic Integrity Committee  (2008-10)
  • WMU Scholarship on Teaching and Learning Committee  (since 2007)
  • American Society for Engineering Education, NC Region – campus rep. coordinator (2009 - ),  unit director  (2008-9),  best paper chair (2006-8)
 

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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