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A Successful Engineering Program-Corporate Partnership

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

CIP Division Technical Session 2

Tagged Division

College Industry Partnerships

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23.116.1 - 23.116.11



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Scott Danielson Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus

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Dr. Scott Danielson is the associate dean for Academic Programs in the College of Technology and Innovation at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus. Before assuming that role, he had been the interim chair of Engineering Department for half a year and the chair of the Engineering Technology Department for over twelve years. He has been active in ASEE in the Mechanics Division and the Engineering Technology Division. He has also been active in ASME; awarded the Ben C. Sparks Medal in 2009 for excellence in mechanical engineering technology education, serving as a member of the Vision 2030 Task Force, serving as chair of the Committee on Engineering Technology Accreditation, serving on the Board of Directors of the ASME Center for Education, and as a member of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Head Committee. He has been a program evaluator for both the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and ASME, served on the Engineering Technology Accreditation Council (ETAC) of ABET, representing ASME, and will begin serving on the ETAC Executive Committee in July 2013. He also serves on the SME’s Manufacturing Education and Research Community steering committee. Before joining ASU, he had been at North Dakota State University where he was a faculty member in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering department. His research interests include machining, effective teaching and engineering mechanics. Before coming to academia, he was a design engineer, maintenance supervisor, and plant engineer. He is a registered professional engineer.

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Chell A. Roberts Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus

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A Successful Engineering Program-Corporate PartnershipIntroductionIt is often the desire of large companies and other special interests, e.g., emerging countryeducational agencies, to have engineering programs tailored for their employees or citizens.Such tailoring enables curricula and student outcomes to be specific to a particular industry’soperations or the country’s needs. While there can be many advantages to creating suchprograms, there are also significant challenges. These challenges can include ABETaccreditation as well as the inherent flexibility needed to provide an adaptation of an existingprogram sufficient to the company’s needs. Especially important are the schedule demands of acompany as the program is delivered to its employees while they remain on a full-time workschedule.Paper ContentsThis paper addresses the benefits and challenges of creating a customized ABET-accreditedengineering program and presents a case study of such a development. The case study explainsthe university-company planning process, how criteria were developed for the program designand customized aspects of the degree program, the differences in how program planning is doneat a major university and how a large industry desired to run the planning process. The casestudy also explores the difference in program expectations of the industry partner from those ofthe University, including student preparation, and how these differences were resolved. The casestudy shows how the planning process moved from higher levels of planning to successfulimplementation.This case study also addresses challenges with regard to scheduling, student mentoring andfaculty buy-in. In addition, the potential of implementing the customized program at thecompany’s international locations, especially with regard to ABET accreditation, are discussed.

Danielson, S., & Roberts, C. A. (2013, June), A Successful Engineering Program-Corporate Partnership Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19130

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