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A Project Based International Collaboration In Engineering Education

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008



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International CIase Studies: Collabs, Exchanges & Interactions

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13.91.1 - 13.91.9

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Sohail Anwar Pennsylvania State University-Altoona College

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Dr.Sohail Anwar is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Engineering at Penn State University Altoona College. He is also serving as the Chair of the EET Advisory Faculty Committee for Excelsior College. Since 1996, he has been an Invited Professor of Electrical Engineering at IUT Bethune, France. Dr. Anwar is also serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Engineering Technology and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Pennsylvania Academy of Science.

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Patrick Favier IUT Bethune, France

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Dr.Patrick Favier is currently serving as an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at the IUT Bethune,University d'Artois, France. His research interests are in the topical areas of electrical drives, power electronics, and renewable energy. Dr.Favier teaches courses in power electronics and electrical drives at IUT Bethune.He served as the Department Head of Electrical Engineering at the IUT Bethune from 1997 to 2004.Currently,he is a Member of the Board of Directors of the University d'Artois.
Since 1992,Dr.Favier has been serving as the Director of the Electro-Energetic Lab in the IUT Bethune. He is extensively involved in numerous university programs involving international academic collaborations.

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David Jouglet IUT Bethune, France

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Dr.David Jouglet is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the IUT Bethune,University d'Artois, France. He is an associate member of the LGI2A, a research lab at the University d'Artois. Dr.Jouglet served as the Department Head of Electrical Engineering, IUT Bethune, from 2005 to 2008. He is a peer reviewer of several scientific and engineering journals.

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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

Anwar, S., & Favier, P., & Jouglet, D. (2008, June), A Project Based International Collaboration In Engineering Education Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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