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A Two Year Common Template For Mechanical Engineering And Mechanical Engineering Technology

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Mechanical Engineering Poster Session

Tagged Division

Mechanical Engineering

Page Count

16

Page Numbers

14.136.1 - 14.136.16

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https://peer.asee.org/5637

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Enrique Barbieri University of Houston

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ENRIQUE BARBIERI received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1988. He was on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department (1988-96) and a tenured Associate Professor and Chair of the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department (1996-98) at Tulane University. In 2002 he joined the University of Houston as Professor & Chair of the Department of Engineering Technology. His research interests are in control systems and applications to electromechanical systems. He is a member of IEEE and ASEE and Chairs the Executive Council of the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center.

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Raresh Pascali University of Houston

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Professor Raresh Pascali completed undergraduate studies at Brooklyn Poly in Aerospace Engineering, and graduate studies in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is the Program Coordinator for the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Program. Prior to joining UH in Fall 2005, he was a faculty member at Texas A&M University in Galveston (TAMUG), in the Texas Maritime Academy in the Marine Engineering Technology Department. His current focus is in undergraduate engineering education with past support from NSF and TWC.

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Miguel Ramos University of Houston

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MIGUEL RAMOS is the Director of Accreditation and Assessment Services for the College of Technology at the University of Houston. His primary focus has been the practical application of assessment and evaluation strategies to enhance educational quality in the college and university. Prior to joining the University of Houston, Dr. Ramos worked as a researcher for the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, evaluating a systemic reform model designed to improve student academic performance in low-income, high-minority districts. He also worked as Evaluator for Boston Connects, a program designed to address non-academic barriers to success in urban elementary schools via a web of coordinated health and social services. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation from Boston College in 2004.

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William Fitzgibbon University of Houston

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WILLIAM FITZGIBBON, III earned his BA and PhD degrees from Vanderbilt University in 1968 and 1972 respectively. He is currently serving as Dean of the College of Technology of University of Houston and holds professorial rank in both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Engineering Technology. He served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics, co-Head of the Department of Computer Science and President of the University of Houston Faculty Senate. He has held faculty positions at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Bordeaux I and the University of Bordeaux II as well as a research position at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. He has well over 130 research articles plus numerous articles, reviews, and reports and has lectured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia.

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A 2-year Common Template for Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Abstract

A new educational paradigm was recently proposed by the authors that effectively places Engineering and Engineering Technology programs within the Conceive, Design, Implement, and Operate (CDIOTM http://www.cdio.org/) professional engineering spectrum. The new model advocates that a TAC/ABET accredited, 4-year B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) is a logical, viable, and in fact a key component in the student’s path to entering the engineering profession and in earning Mechanical Engineering (ME) degrees. If the model is adopted, it is envisioned that a new first professional engineering degree can be constructed whereby: (1) All engineering-bound students would first complete 2 years of an MET program; (2) With proper advising and mentoring, those students interested and skilled to follow the more Conceive-Design side of engineering would transfer to a Department, College or School of Engineering and complete an ME degree in 2, 3 or 4 additional years; if 4 years, then the Department of Education definition of a first professional degree would be satisfied; and (3) Those students interested and skilled to follow the more applied Implement-Operate side of engineering would opt to complete the BS-MET degree in 2 additional years. Several benefits include: (1) Enrollment increase in ME and in MET as a result of proper advising and mentoring in the early stages of the student’s university experience; (2) Retention rate increase at the upper level of both ME and MET; (3) Avoidance of duplication efforts and resource expenses for staffing, equipping and maintaining laboratories needed in the first 2 years; and (4) ME departments can better focus on advanced/graduate level education with better utilization of professorial staff.

This article examines a 2-year common curriculum template for ME and MET programs based on CDIO, and summarizes preliminary assessment results of the proposed educational model collected from industry participants. The template assumes a full-time course of study in 4 semesters after which the student selects to either complete a BS in Engineering Technology in 2 additional years, or transfer to an ME degree plan which may be 2-, 3-, or 4-years long. Both plans are assumed to be constructed so as to be ABET Accredited by the appropriate Commission. An Electrical/Computer Engineering and Electrical/Computer ET 2-year curriculum template is being presented in a separate article at this conference. A summary of these works is also presented to the Engineering Technology Division as a separate article in this conference. The templates are offered as a starting point to encourage further discussion.

Barbieri, E., & Pascali, R., & Ramos, M., & Fitzgibbon, W. (2009, June), A Two Year Common Template For Mechanical Engineering And Mechanical Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5637

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