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Michael Slifka

Senior Lecturer
Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
College of Engineering Technology

585-475-5160
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Michael Slifka

Senior Lecturer
Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
College of Engineering Technology

Education

AAS, Niagara County Community College; BS, MS, Rochester Institute of Technology

585-475-5160

Currently Teaching

MFET-460
3 Credits
Integrated design for manufacture and assembly manufacturing processes are expanded and applied to the design process. Part concepts will be considered for various manufacturing processes to determine which process will yield the lowest cost part that meets all product functional requirements. Students will learn the DFMA methodology for making decisions to analyze the costs associated with their product concepts. Designs will consider the tooling that is required in product build and will understand the interrelationships between decisions and the cost associated with manufacture and service of the product. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to effectively design parts and assemblies for manufacture, assembly, and service. Costing will be considered at every step of the design process.
MFET-341
1 Credits
This course will provide a thorough hands-on experience in using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for manufacturing automation and system integration. Industry best practices for programming PLCs and the essentials of Human Machine Interface (HMI) for data entry, manipulation, and recording system status will be included.
MFET-670
3 Credits
This course will provide a thorough understanding of the manufacturing automation principles, practices and system integration. Topics include a thorough coverage of the automation hardware and software, essentials of digital and analog control using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), industry best practices for programming PLCs and the essentials of Human Machine Interface (HMI) for data entry, manipulation and recording system status.
MFET-340
2 Credits
This course will provide a thorough understanding of the manufacturing automation principles, practices and system integration. Students will design a fully automated control system from selection of components, specifying the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), and developing the ladder logic required to operate the system. Students will have the tools to effectively be able to fully design an automated control system as in done in varying industries.
MFET-797
3 Credits
This course provides the MMSI graduate students an opportunity to complete their degree requirements by addressing a practical real-world challenge using the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their studies. This course is not only the culmination of a student's course work but also an indicator of the student's ability to use diverse knowledge to provide a tangible solution to a problem. The capstone project topic can be in the areas of product development, manufacturing automation, management system, quality management or electronics packaging. The course requires a comprehensive project report and a final presentation.
MCET-620
3 Credits
In this advanced course students explore methods, such as Taguchi arrays, that support the optimization and verification phases of the Design for Six Sigma development process. Topics covered include the experimental design process, additivity, static and dynamic signal-to-noise ratios, analysis of means, and ANOVA. The role of robust design methods in reducing variability for both products and processes and in integrating systems is emphasized. Students may not take and receive credit for this course if they have already taken MCET-582.
MCET-586
3 Credits
Product innovation of new consumer products is accomplished by using a multi-step process in inter-disciplinary teams. Students will benefit from experiencing these steps/roles as they prepare to develop an idea into a product for commercialization. In this course, students will learn to take an idea of a feasible design and develop a detailed product definition to meet consumer known and/or unknown needs using a variety of industry standard processes and methodologies like Stage Gate, Design Thinking and Lean Startup Thinking. The students will further evaluate the marketplace, apply engineering standards from previous core courses and develop a presentation, report and prototype for the final deliverables.
MCET-582
3 Credits
The fundamental principles of robust design are developed. The history of the robust design engineering methodology is presented. The concepts of the loss function, concept selection, parameter design, and tolerance design will be covered. Metrics and analysis techniques are developed to optimize the performance of product or process components in spite of their design, manufacturing, or customer use environments. Specific attention will be paid to a number of case studies to reinforce the student’s conceptualization of the methods and their focus on engineering of optimized products and processes. Students may not take and receive credit for this course if they have already taken MCET-620.

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Published Article
Slifka, Michael.“Active Learning techniques for Engaging First Year Students in a Manufacturing Processes Class.” ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, 2010. n.p. Web. «
Garrick, Robert, ScottAnson, Mario Castro-Cedeno, Elizabeth Dell,Christopher Greene, Carol Romanowski, Michael Slifka, Larry Villasmil and James Lee. “UFAST - Practical advice foraccelerating new faculty scholarship.” ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, 2010. n.p. Web. «
Garrick, Robert, ScottAnson, Elizabeth Dell, Carol Romanowski,Michael Slifka and Larry Villasmil.“Accelerating Untenured FacultyScholarship.” Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC), 3-5 Feb. 2010. n.p. Print. «
Garrick, Robert. “A Mixed-Method Comparison Evaluation onthe Impact of Tablet PCs and Pen-Based Technology for a Pneumatics and HydraulicsClass.” American Society for Engineering Education - St. Lawrence Section Conference, 26-27 Mar. 2010. n.p. Print. «