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An Innovative Co Op Program At Wvu Tech

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

New Approaches in Engineering Curriculum

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8.199.1 - 8.199.8



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Muthukrishnan Sathyamoorthy

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Session 3460

An Innovative Co-op Program at WVU Tech

M. Sathyamoorthy Office of the Dean of Engineering West Virginia University Institute of Technology Montgomery, WV 25136


The paper describes the development and proposed implementation of an industry- university collaboration in experiential learning. West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) and various industries in the Upper Kanawha Valley region have designed a co-op program for undergraduate students that will require them to spend a day every week of the spring and fall semesters of the junior year and a part or the entire summer between the semesters with industries. Several students from the departments of electrical and computer engineering, mechanical as well as chemical engineering are expected to participate in this experiential learning program. Each student will have two mentors, one from the industry and the other is a faculty member from the student’s parent department. The year-long program offers the student the opportunity to participate in design projects at a level which is not possible with the more traditional summer or internship employment. In addition to the design experience, students will have benefits in communication skills, exposure to industrial standards, safety training and safety considerations in designs, design implementation, and multidisciplinary teamwork.

1. Introduction

Engineering design is an important component of the undergraduate engineering education. It is also known that workplace experience can provide engineering students with a perspective that is difficult to achieve in either the classroom or teaching laboratory. This paper describes an innovative proposed year-long program which provides engineering students with both design and workplace experience in several engineering disciplines.

Engineering design is recognized as a key component of engineering education and methods of providing undergraduate students with a significant design experience vary widely among disciplines and faculty. Dunn-Rankin, et. al.[1] investigated and reported

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Sathyamoorthy, M. (2003, June), An Innovative Co Op Program At Wvu Tech Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12406

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