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A Multinational 1+2+1 Electrical Engineering Program

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010

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2153-5965

Conference Session

International Initiatives, Partnerships,Teaching Strategies, and Collaborative Networks

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International

Page Count

8

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15.60.1 - 15.60.8

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https://peer.asee.org/16884

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Esteban Rodriguez-Marek Eastern Washington University

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ESTEBAN RODRIGUEZ-MAREK is an Associate Professor in the department of Engineering and Design at Eastern Washington University. He did his graduate work in Electrical Engineering at Washington State University. He worked as a research scientist at Fast Search & Transfer before transferring to the Department of Engineering & Design at Eastern Washington University. His interests include image and video processing, communication systems, digital signal processing, and cryptographic theory and applications.

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Min-Sung Koh Eastern Washington University

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MIN-SUNG KOH obtained his B.E. and M.S. in Control and Instrumentation Engineering in the University of ULSAN, South Korea, and his Ph. D in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at Washington State University. He was with KEPCO (Korea Electric Power Co.) for 9 years before enrolling in the Ph. D. program at Washington State University. In KEPCO, he worked at the NPP (Nuclear Power Plant) as a nuclear engineer. In the Fall ’02 quarter he joined the department of Engineering and Design at Eastern Washington University, where he has taught several courses in Computer Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering. Currently, he is an associate professor of Electrical Engineering at Eastern Washington University. His research interests are in the areas of speech and image signal processing, signal processing in communication systems, photoacoustics, and embedded systems.

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Michael Brzoska Eastern Washington University

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Dr. Michael Brzoska holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Professor and the Associate Dean of Computing and Engineering Sciences at Eastern Washington University. He is an active member of ASME and coordinates the annual Symposium on Applications in Computer Fluid Dynamics.

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Claudio Talarico Eastern Washington University

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Claudio Talarico is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Eastern Washington University. Before joining Eastern Washington University, he worked at University of Arizona, University of Hawaii and in industry, where he held both engineering and management positions at Infineon Technologies, IKOS Systems (now Mentor Graphics), and Marconi Communications.
His research interests include design methodologies for integrated circuits and systems with emphasis on system-level design, embedded systems, HW/SW co-design, system specification languages, and early design assessment, analysis, and refinement of complex SOCs. Talarico received a PhD in electrical engineering form the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is a member of IEEE. Contact him at ctalarico@ewu.edu

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A Multinational 1+2+1 Electrical Engineering Program

Abstract

A consortium of American universities and Chinese universities has been formed to make a multinational dual-degree program. All American universities belong to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Chinese universities to the China Center for International Education Exchange (CCIEE). These universities agreed on the policies regarding the program, with the basic foundation being that it is a 1+2+1 program. While the program applies to various degrees, for Electrical Engineering the 1+2+1 program implies that Chinese students who have finished basic math and science requirements in China can study for two years at a university in the United States belonging to the consortium, and then return to their home institutions in China to finish their college degrees. Students who participate in this program are awarded degrees from the two institutions the students have attended. Further, each of the AASCU universities choosing to participate in this program makes its own policies, which are also customized in a major-by-major basis. This paper describes the steps taken by the Electrical Engineering Program at Eastern Washington University (EWU) towards planning and implementing the dual degree, which already has been in-place for three years. While providing specifics about Electrical Engineering, a general overview of the program is also included, as well as the lessons learned during the process.

I. Introduction

The world economy has shifted from a few central foci of highly developed countries to a globalized one where several emerging economies are catching up with first world countries [1]. A few cases distinguish themselves with an even faster pace of economic growth than others, such as China, Singapore, India, South Korea, etc. China has maintained a growth rate close to 10% in the last few years, as reported by various news organizations, and is expected to surpass the United States as the top economy in the world by 2027 [2].

A part of the rapid growth of the Chinese economy lies in the support given by the Chinese government to the advancement of sciences, math and engineering. As part of this push, the China Center for International Education Exchange (CCIEE) [3] was formed to enhance and promote the cooperation of Chinese with foreign universities. Among the various mandates of

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