June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
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A Project-Based International Collaboration in Engineering Education
This manuscript describes a project-based international collaboration in engineering education. The collaborators include Penn State University, Altoona College, USA; IUT Bethune, France; Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland; Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw; Cluj Napoca University, Romania; and Kando Kalman Faculty, Hungary. The collaboration emphasizes a team-based engineering design project to be completed by undergraduate engineering/engineering technology students at the above mentioned universities. What is innovative about this international academic collaboration is that although the student teams in the above mentioned educational institutions work on a common engineering design project, each participating institution is responsible for designing a specific subsystem of the entire engineering system. Therefore, the student teams in USA are responsible for designing and implementing a subsystem different from the teams in France. Eventually, all the subsystems are integrated into a single functional engineering system. Throughout the duration of this project, student teams in USA, France, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, and Romania are expected to communicate with each other through e-mail and web.
This manuscript describes the above mentioned on-going international academic collaboration and provides details regarding the implementation of this collaborative project.
Engineers are increasingly asked to work with international suppliers, co-workers, and clients. Global assignments for companies in industry sectors such as communications, information technology, and automotive manufacturing, require engineers to integrate technical knowledge with global competencies. In response to the need for globally competent engineers, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) requires all the ABET-accreditable engineering technology programs to demonstrate that the program graduates have a respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal, and global issues (Criterion 2j of TAC of ABET). In addition, the ABET requires all the ABET-accreditable baccalaureate engineering programs to demonstrate that the program graduates have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context (criterion 3 of ABET).
The engineering and engineering technology graduates of The US educational institutions must be prepared to work in multicultural teams in multinational corporations, some of
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