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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

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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. «

Currently Teaching

MCET-599
1 - 3 Credits
This course allows an upper-class mechanical engineering technology student the opportunity to independently investigate, under faculty supervision, aspects of the mechanical engineering field. Proposals for an independent study must be approved by the sponsoring faculty and the MMET department chair. Students are limited to a maximum of three semester credit hours of independent study projects and two sections in any semester, and a maximum of six semester credit hours of independent study used to fulfill degree requirements.
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-588
1 - 3 Credits
Special Topics is an experimental upper-division course intended as a means for offering innovative topics not currently reflected in the mechanical engineering technology curriculum. Course includes a laboratory component.
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-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-798
0 Credits
Continuation of Capstone
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.