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A University and Community College Partnership to Meet Industry Needs for Future Workers in Advanced Automotive Technology

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Project Based Learning In ET Program

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Engineering Technology

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23.125.1 - 23.125.13



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Chih-Ping Yeh Wayne State University

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Dr. Chih-Ping Yeh received his B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from Taiwan, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Prior to joining Wayne State University, he worked as senior system engineer and data analysis specialist in defense industry. Currently, he is the Director and Chair of the Division of Engineering Technology at WSU. He has been conducting research in control systems and signal processing. His current research interests are in electric drive vehicle technology and advanced energy storage, including advanced battery systems for hybrid electric vehicles. Dr. Yeh is also experienced in developing formal degree programs and professional development programs for incumbent engineers, community college instructors, and high school science and technology teachers. He is the PI and co-PI of several federal and state funded projects for course, curriculum and laboratory development in advanced automotive technology.

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Gene Yeau-Jian Liao Wayne State University

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Dr. Gene Liao is currently Director of Electric Transportation Technology Program and Associate Professor at Wayne State University, where he has taught courses on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, Vehicle Dynamics, Energy Storage Systems for HEVs and also manages the Electric Propulsion Integration Laboratory. Dr. Liao is experienced in the areas of hybrid drivetrains and automotive manufacturing. Prior to Wayne State, he worked as a practicing engineer for over fifteen years with General Motors and Ford Motor Company. He holds a Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Mechanical Engineer from Columbia University, M.S. from the University of Texas at Arlington and B.S. from National Central University (Taiwan), both in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Liao has research and teaching interests in the areas of automotive components design and manufacturing, vehicle dynamics, and electric-drive vehicle simulation and development, and has published widely in these areas.

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Joseph L Petrosky Macomb Community College

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Joseph L. Petrosky is the Dean of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan with responsibilities for a breadth of career and technical programs including advanced manufacturing, engineering technology, and automotive for degree, certificate, workforce and continuing education areas.

Joe’s prior experience includes working at Focus: HOPE, a non-profit organization whose programs included engineering education and workforce development within a manufacturing and research enterprise. He has served as a U.S. consultant to state-owned manufacturing industries in Poland during that county’s post-communist transition, and previously worked for General Motors Corporation.

Joe has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

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A University and Community College Partnership to Meet Industry Needs for Future Workers in Advanced Automotive TechnologyThe automotive industry has been one of the largest and most important industries in the UnitedStates, employing more than 3.3 million Americans. Today the automotive industry is engaged ina transformational change that incorporates a technological shift from the petroleum-poweredengine that drove the transportation economy of the 20th Century to the renewable resource-based electric powered motor that will sustain the dynamic global economy and environmentalassets of the 21st Century. The primary developments are Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), Electric Vehicles (EV), Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFV)including common rail diesels, and Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV). The impact today and in the longrun is an increasing need for trained automotive engineers, engineering technologists andtechnicians prepared to support every stage of the product life cycle of these new automotivetechnologies, which requires acquisition of an expanded skill set for each sector of the industry.To keep pace with the demand for new technologies, the university and community collegepresenting this paper have responded to the changing needs by strengthening communicationswith industry to clearly define future workforce requirements, and developing and offeringtechnologically progressive training programs. To support the training, the Department ofEnergy (DOE) has provided funding for developing industry needed vehicle education programs,the Department of Labor (DOL) has provided funding to sponsor training programs, and theState of Michigan workforce development agencies (WDA) has collaborated with industry toestablish Michigan Academy for Green Mobility Alliance (MAGMA). Through funding from theNational Science Foundation (NSF), a Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT)was established as an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center to support the partneringwork and leading systemic curriculum reform. This paper reviews the education and trainingprograms provided by the University-Community College Partnership in meeting industry needsfor future workers in advanced automotive technology. 

Yeh, C., & Liao, G. Y., & Petrosky, J. L. (2013, June), A University and Community College Partnership to Meet Industry Needs for Future Workers in Advanced Automotive Technology Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19139

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