St. Louis, Missouri
June 18, 2000
June 18, 2000
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Academic/Industrial Partnerships to Enhance Learning and Strengthen Curriculum and Research Z. Otero Keil, Chemical Engineering Program, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ 08028
Industrial partnerships have been a hallmark of Rowan Engineering Programs from the onset. The development of the Rowan Engineering Curricula began in 1994 and included the input of an advisory committee of technology industry leaders. The coursework and laboratories were planned and are being implemented with a strong component of industrial partnerships and industrial experiences for students and faculty.
Rowan has taken a multi-faceted approach to academic/industrial partnerships. Rowan faculty teaches courses on company sites. Many of these courses are designed to meet specific needs of industry and always include industrial input. These courses have a project component that allows participants to use the course content in an application that is relevant to their work. The development and implementation of university/industry designed courses have been especially successful for experimental design and statistical process control and analysis courses.
Industrial projects with experimental work completed at a company site or at the University are also an important part of learning and research opportunities for faculty and students. Academic/Industrial project partnerships leading to important learning and research opportunities are a critical component of Rowan Engineering Programs. Especially noteworthy are those partnerships involving undergraduate/graduate project teams. These opportunities lead to enhanced learning for students and strong support from industry for academic programs. Studies of powder flowability as a function of particle size and reengineering of toner cartridges have been especially successful.
Introduction and Background:
The importance of academic/industrial partnerships in an engineering curriculum cannot be overemphasized. These interactions lead to significant benefits for the academic institution and the industrial partner. Students are exposed to engineering practice as part of their undergraduate experience, and the curriculum can be continuously updated to reflect realistic technological advances. Academic institutions also benefit from the financial and in-kind contributions available from industry. The industrial partner has access to the technical expertise of faculty and the work of students. Often this translates into completed projects for minimal costs. It is also a valuable recruitment tool for industry. Industrial sponsors have the opportunity to observe in detail the technical, social and communication skills of potential employees. Successful
Keil, Z. O. (2000, June), Academic/Industrial Partnerships To Enhance Learning And Strengthen Curriculum And Research Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. https://peer.asee.org/8152
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