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A General Engineering Technology Program In Motorsports Technology

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Innovative Curriculum in Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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12.42.1 - 12.42.9



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Gary Crossman Old Dominion University

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Gary R. Crossman is Department Chair of Engineering Technology and Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Old Dominion University. Professor Crossman has over 35 years of experience in engineering technology education. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a Master of Engineering degree from Old Dominion University. He has been very active in the Engineering Technology Division and the Engineering Technology Council of ASEE, holding several positions in ETD, including chair. He has also been active in TAC of ABET, as a commissioner and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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Anthony Dean Old Dominion University

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Anthony W. Dean is Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology at Old Dominion University. He received a Ph.D. in Engineering Management and a B.S. in Engineering Technology from ODU. Additionally, Dr. Dean received an MBA from the College of William and Mary. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Dean was Director of Operations and Business Development for Clark-Smith Associates, P.C., and served as an Electrician in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS South Carolina and the USS Enterprise.

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A General Engineering Technology Program in Motorsports Technology


Southside Virginia, in particular the cities of Danville, Martinsville and the surrounding area, is the home of Virginia International Raceway and a rapidly growing motorsports industry. There is a strong need for educational opportunities to support manufacturing and related industries in this region. In the early 2000’s Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville established an associate of applied science degree in Motorsports Technology to help meet the need for technical support personnel. As the industry has grown it has become evident that engineers and technologists are needed at the baccalaureate and masters levels.

Old Dominion University (ODU), located in Norfolk, Virginia (about 200 miles from this region) has a recognized well-established distance learning system called TELETECHNET. Additionally, the institution provides engineering technology education at the baccalaureate level, including a General Engineering Technology (GET) program. The need for higher education in southside Virginia, the availability of the minor courses in Motorsports Engineering and ODU’s long history in distance education set the stage for the development of a General Engineering Technology program with an emphasis in Motrosports Technology.

This program builds on the associate degree in Motorsports Technology program at Patrick Henry Community College, by providing additional laboratory science courses and mathematics courses through calculus, as well as traditional engineering science courses such as thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. The four Motrosports Engineering minor courses are used as major courses in the curriculum. The Old Dominion University courses will be offered in Martinsville both live and through ODU’s TELETECHNET satellite television distance learning system. Laboratories for the Motorsports Technology courses will be uniquely situated at the Virginia International Speedway in Martinsville and at the NASA Langley Windtunnel facility (operated by ODU), in Hampton, Virginia. Plans are to initiate the program in the Fall 2007, as funding becomes available. This paper will describe the detailed development and implementation of this unique program in addition to course and laboratory descriptions for the proposed curricula.


The southside region of Virginia, primarily that region bordered by the cities of South Hill on the east and Martinsville on the west has gone through some rough economic times in the past two decades. With competition from overseas companies, the textile and furniture industries in this region have diminished greatly. In more recent years, the Commonwealth of Virginia has invested heavily in activities related to economic growth in this region. One focus area in economic development has been the motorsports industry. This region is home to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) near Danville and Martinsville Speedway, as well as smaller racetracks in the region. Associated with VIR, Old Dominion University has already teamed

Crossman, G., & Dean, A. (2007, June), A General Engineering Technology Program In Motorsports Technology Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1718

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