Asee peer logo

A Strategic Analysis of Graduate Programs in Engineering Technology

Download Paper |


2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Computer and Informtion Technology-related Issues

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

Page Count


Page Numbers

25.103.1 - 25.103.15



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Suranjan Panigrahi Purdue University, West Lafayette

visit author page

Suranjan Panigrahi is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University. Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue, he was a Full Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosysetms Engineering at North Dakota State University, Fargo. He has guided 15 M.S. and eight Ph.D. students as their major Academic Advisor. He is the author/co-author of more than 110 technical papers, referred publications, patents, and technical notes. He is a member of ASEE and other professional organizations.

visit author page


Ken Burbank Purdue University, Statewide Technology

visit author page

Ken Burbank is a professor of electrical engineering technology and Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University. Burbank is active with IEEE and ASEE, particularly with the Engineering Technology Council. As an educator, Burbank strives to bring practical engineering activities into the classroom.

visit author page

Download Paper |


A Strategic Analysis of Graduate Programs in Engineering TechnologyEngineering Technology programs have been serving our society for several decades by trainingstudents with engineering principles integrated with hands-on experiences. A variety ofEngineering Technology or Technology programs are offered across the USA and a few newones have emerged in recent years. At the same time, several few universities have developedgraduate programs (M.S or PhD.) in the recent years. This paper will provide an overview ofdifferent graduate programs (their structure, duration, scope of the programs) available within theEngineering Technology arena. A comprehensive strategic analysis on strength, weakness, threatand opportunities for graduate programs in Engineering Technologies in the next 25 years will bepresented. A supply chain concept will be used to further analyze the student’s professional andlearning needs and the ability of the programs in preparing the students for their professionalsuccess will be discussed. Both macro and micro analysis with respect to the competitiveness,challenges, and opportunities of the engineering technology graduate programs within thecontext of other disciplinary graduate programs in Engineering, Management and otherinterdisciplinary graduate programs within a University framework will be elaborated. Finally,strategic recommendations (based on the above described analysis) for the growth andsustainability of engineering technology graduate programs will be reported.

Panigrahi, S., & Burbank, K. (2012, June), A Strategic Analysis of Graduate Programs in Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20863

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2012 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015