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A Look into Badging Strategies in Engineering Education and Its Application to Energy and Manufacturing Certification Programs

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Green and Sustainable Manufacturing Practices

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Arif Sirinterlikci Robert Morris University Orcid 16x16

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Arif Sirinterlikci is a University Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and the Department Head of Engineering at Robert Morris University. He holds BS and MS degrees, both in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and his Ph.D. is in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has been actively involved in ASEE and SME organizations and conducted research in Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering, Biomedical Device Design and Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics, and CAE in Manufacturing Processes fields.

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Maria V. Kalevitch Robert Morris University

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Maria V. Kalevitch, PHD
University Professor of Biology and Dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science (SEMS)


Dr. Maria Kalevitch has a Ph.D. in Biology/Microbiology from the highly regarded Institute of Botany, Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. She earned her BS/MS in Bioengineering/Biotechnology from Moscow University of Biotechnology, and had her post-doctoral experience at the Department of Biology, Humboldt University, Germany and Institute of Plant Physiology, Sofia, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Kalevitch came to RMU in 2002 as an Assistant Professor of Sciences. In 2004, she became the Founding Chair of the Science Department (degree-offering). The science degrees included: BS/BA in Environmental Science, BS in Biology, Teacher Certification in Biology, Forensics Minor, Energy Minor, and a strong Pre-Health Program with linkages to Drexel Medical School, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lake Erie Osteopathic School, New York Chiropractic College, and Palmer Chiropractic College. Since 2005 Maria successfully developed and led the Pre-medicine Program at RMU.

Since 2005 she also served as an Associate Dean for the School, and in 2010 became the first female Dean of SEMS. There are currently only 28 engineering female deans in the United States and more than 400 accredited engineering programs. Maria is also the member of WELI, Women in Engineering Leadership Institute.

Dr. Kalevitch is committed to excellence in teaching and always promotes a student-centered learning environment. She has a keen ability to teach, advise, and recruit students. She has proven herself to be a very effective researcher. Her resume has a substantial list of publications, including lab manuals, books, and peer-reviewed articles in national and international journals. Recently her presentation was recognized by a Certificate of Achievement from the International Journal of Arts and Sciences: in recognition of her outstanding research presentation “NSF STEM Scholars” at the Convitto della Calza Conference in Italy.
She served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the following national and international scientific journals: Journal of Cell and Molecular Biology (Turkey), Canadian Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences, and American Journal of Sustainable Agriculture. In addition she is an experienced grant writer: served as a PI, Project Director on a 5-year NSF S-STEM grant for $522,000 that brought 21 scholarships to academically advanced, but financially challenged, students.
Dr. Kalevitch is an effective ambassador to the community. Under her leadership, she has built strong outreach programs through the SEMS-Research and Outreach Center that educates students about STEM, and she specifically designed programs to encourage underrepresented groups to be involved in STEM disciplines.
Dr. Kalevitch is a full member of the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences (that has Nobel Prize winners among its members), American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and American Mycological Society.

Dr. Kalevitch is a life-long learner, and recently participated in a webinar presented by the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE). The HIHE offers comprehensive leadership development programs designed for administrators at every stage of their careers.

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This paper focuses on previous attempts of badge-based credential assignments in the engineering education and training space for documenting competencies. Even though it was an exciting concept a few years ago with the possibility of offering an alternative to traditional methods, the badge-based systems have not gained much momentum in the engineering education world. Examples of different types including some in the computing and graphics areas along with graduate and undergraduate levels, and more comprehensive attempts are studied in this paper. The sociological impact on students, their families, and prospective employers are also visited by a discussion and inclusion of previous work. This is a critical factor since it ties into the employment after graduation.

The authors have been developing multiple graduate and undergraduate certificate programs to be offered at an off-site location, which is a new and thriving multi-million dollar research, conference, and training center. Three certificates have been developed in the energy engineering technology, basic manufacturing, and additive manufacturing fields. This paper illustrates the structure and details of each certificate program including its admission procedures and requirements, its courses and future rearrangement by the use of badge-based credentials. Utilization of badges will attract additional students to these certificate programs. However, some of the participants may want to only complete a single course or two based on their plans. A badge assigned to an individual course will reflect one of the four levels starting at the lowest passing level of Adequate Performance (AP) followed by Proficient (P), Mastery - Excellent (ME1), and Mastery – Exceptional (ME2) along with a letter grade.

The paper concludes with an assessment discussion, also including how accreditation bodies such as ABET, ATMAE or Middle States should and could see this type of credential assignment efforts.

Sirinterlikci, A., & Kalevitch, M. V. (2018, June), A Look into Badging Strategies in Engineering Education and Its Application to Energy and Manufacturing Certification Programs Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29633

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