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A Model for Aligning Engineering Technology Curriculum with Industry Needs

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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Two-year College STEM Programs Meeting the Needs of Industry

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Two-Year College

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David I. Spang Rowan College at Burlington County

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Dr. David Spang is the Sr. Vice President & Provost at Rowan College at Burlington County in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Prior to being named Sr. Vice President & Provost, Dr. Spang served as Interim President, Provost, Vice President of Academic Programs and as 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 R&D and business development.

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Eric Constans Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Eric Constans is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. His research interests include engineering education, mechanical design and acoustics and vibration.

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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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In order for students to graduate from academic programs and have mastered the skills and competencies required by industry, the programs must be focused on, and oriented towards, the skills that have the most relevance and value. Achieving a well-designed academic program requires industry partners and faculty to work in tandem to provide input regarding curriculum development and delivery. This paper details the efforts of a multi-year project between a two-year college and a university to create curriculum, academic programs and career pathways resulting in meaningful employment in the Advanced Manufacturing sector. Curriculum developed will include both Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) with an emphasis on Advanced Manufacturing. Through a collaborative curriculum development process, XXXX College and XXXX University have created a clearly articulated pathway from the AAS degree to the BS degree. This academic pathway will include a “3+1” delivery model where the first three years of instruction are delivered by the two-year college, and the final year is delivered by the university, on the two-year college campus. This curriculum development effort has been achieved through activities including an industry forum as well as a week-long faculty curriculum development workshop. Additional work will include the development of real-life examples of underlying curricula principles through an applications library, as well as the creation of stackable certificates and continuous career pathways between secondary schools, higher education institutions, and industry partners.

Spang, D. I., & Constans, E., & Tetteh, E. G. (2018, June), A Model for Aligning Engineering Technology Curriculum with Industry Needs Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29700

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