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A Model for Realizing Human Potential

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Engineering and Public Policy Division Technical Session 2

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Engineering and Public Policy

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24.70.1 - 24.70.12



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David O. Kazmer University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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David Kazmer is a Professor of Plastics Engineering at UMass Lowell. His teaching and research are related to product and machine design, systems modeling, and controls. He is an inventor with over twenty patents and the author of more than two hundred publications including two books. A Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Society of Plastics Engineers, he is the recipient of over twenty different recognition awards including the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the ASME Ishii-Toshiba Award for sustained and meritorious contribution to Design for Manufacturing and Life Cycle.

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Bowa George Tucker University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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Bowa George Tucker, Ed.D. is a Senior Research Associate for the National Science Foundation funded Engineering Faculty Engagement in Learning through Service, and Engineering for the Common Good in the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. His received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in Higher Education Administration in 2010. His dissertation research produced a rigorous qualitative study entitled Uncovering the Civic Dimensions of Service-Learning in Higher Education: A Multi-Case Study. Dr. Tucker has extensive experience in program management and evaluation of multiyear, multimillion dollar partnership programs, including the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development. His expertise includes assessment in teaching and learning outcomes in k-12 and in higher education, diversity, leadership, community outreach, and curriculum development.

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Edward L. Hajduk P.E. University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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A model for realizing human potential AbstractThe realization of human potential requires each individual to consider their future possibilitiesrelative to their current capabilities so as to plan, commit, and gain the envisioned knowledge,experience, and opportunities. An individual’s advancement proceeds slowly in isolation relativeto the facilitation and support available from society. Accordingly, a model is herein presented inwhich an individual’s understanding of their own capabilities is informed by objectiveassessment after which that individual’s perception of future possibilities is expanded with careerstrand maps. The proposed system provides a snapshot of the individual’s skills and thecorresponding universe of varying employment opportunities. In addition, the proposed systemprovides a roadmap for gaining knowledge and experience to advance and/or change careers. The proposed model provides not only a personalized and dynamic program of education,assessment, and certifications but also access to potential employers for the gainful application ofthe newly developed human resources through a bid-ask system to garner and allocate resources.While an example is provided for an Associate’s Certification in Engineering Science usingMassively Open On-line Courses (MOOCS), the model is extensible to a diversity of professionsand educational resources such as traditional college courses, industry seminars, and other hybridprograms that provide knowledge and abilities sought by employers. By helping each individualto rationally choose their development as a function of requisite costs, each individual’s potentialcan be realized. Societal and policy implications are discussed.

Kazmer, D. O., & Tucker, B. G., & Hajduk, E. L. (2014, June), A Model for Realizing Human Potential Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--19962

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