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A Mechanical Engineering Technology Baccalaureate Degree via the “3+1” Pathway

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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2-Year College Division: Workforce Pathways and ATE

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David I. Spang Rowan College at Burlington County

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Dr. David Spang is the Sr. Vice President and Provost at Rowan College at Burlington County in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Prior to being named Sr. Vice President and Provost, Dr. Spang served as Interim President, Provost, Vice President of Academic Programs and Dean of the Science, Mathematics, and Technology division. Dr. Spang holds a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering and a MBA degree, with a concentration in Innovation and Technology Management. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Spang spent nearly twenty years in Research and Development and Business Development. Dr. Spang serves on the Board of Directors of the College Industry Partnerships Division (CIPD) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

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Edem G Tetteh Rowan College at Burlington County

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Edem G. Tetteh is currently the Founding Dean of STEM at Rowan College at Burlington County. He previously served as Acting Dean of Academic Affairs at Potomac State College of WVU after the position of Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at Paine College. He has held a faculty position in the Industrial and Logistics Technology (INLT) program in the Department of Technology at Virginia State University. He received his B.S. in manufacturing systems and a M.S. in industrial engineering both from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He received his Ph.D. in technology from Purdue University, West Lafayette. Tetteh has authored a book entitled ”Engineering Approach to Work Design: Issues for the Obese Workers” and a forthcoming book in 2012 entitled ”Customer-Oriented Global Supply Chains: Concepts for Effective Management.” He also has several publications in the area of ergonomics and human factors and logistic and supply chain. He directed the self-study leading to the accreditation of the Industrial and Logistics Technology program by the Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

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Ratneshwar Jha Rowan University

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Dr. Ratneshwar (Ratan) Jha is Department Head & Professor of mechanical engineering at Rowan University. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a member of the AIAA Adaptive Structures Technical Committee, and an editorial board member for the International Journal of Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Jha earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University, and holds an MS in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech. He received his BS in aeronautical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

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Institutions of higher education that seek to provide affordable degree pathways that are aligned with the needs of industry, and ultimately prepare students for employment, must strive to develop innovative partnerships and educational delivery modes. This paper details the fulfillment of the goals and objectives of a multi-year project, between a two-year college and a research university, that has resulted in the creation of an associate to baccalaureate degree “3+1” pathway in mechanical engineering technology. The degree pathway is based on a strong alignment with industry-defined requirements and emphasizes both technical and non-technical skills and competencies. Rigorous assessment methodologies have been included in both programs and will ensure the consistency of learning outcomes between both institutions. Both the associate and baccalaureate degree are supported by an applications database that directly links course content with industry practice in a clear and effective manner. The project’s sustainability plan will be highlighted, including: increased enrollment and the use of student-generated tuition and fees; the leveraging of existing resources, including equipment, facilities, and personnel; outreach, recruitment, and job placement supported by industry partners; and an online tutorial for the applications library to ensure consistent training and implementation after the completion of the project. This novel and innovative educational delivery model will allow students to achieve a high-quality baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering technology for close to the cost of a single year at some institutions.

Spang, D. I., & Tetteh, E. G., & Jha, R. (2020, June), A Mechanical Engineering Technology Baccalaureate Degree via the “3+1” Pathway Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34015

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