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A Survey of Distance Learning Programs that Offer a Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Trends in Mechanical Engineering: Trends and Tools

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Mechanical Engineering

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25.111.1 - 25.111.6



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Wayne E. Whiteman Georgia Institute of Technology

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Wayne E. Whiteman is a Senior Academic Professional and Director of the Office of Student Services in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his B.S. degree from the U.S. Military Academy in 1979, a master’s degree from MIT in 1987, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1996. Whiteman is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army and completed 24 years of active military service. He served on the West Point faculty from 1987 to 1990, and 1998 to 2003. He has been at Georgia Tech since 2003.

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A Survey of Distance Learning Programs that offer a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering DegreeAbstractThis paper surveys fourteen distance learning programs offering the master of science inmechanical engineering degree in the United States. The results of this study look at theapproximate length of time these programs have been in existence. The equivalency of thedistance learning degree and the on-campus degree are examined with regard to admissionstandards, opportunities to conduct thesis research, and the approximate number of coursesoffered each year via distance education delivery. Approximate costs of the distance learningcourse work per credit hour is also noted and the approximate enrollments in these onlineprograms are cited for the fall of 2010. The data collected in this study provides a singlecomprehensive source of distance education programs in the United States that offer the masterof science degree in mechanical engineering.

Whiteman, W. E. (2012, June), A Survey of Distance Learning Programs that Offer a Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20871

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