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An Innovative Mechanical Engineering Technology Pathway Aligned with Industry Needs

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Technology and Manufacturing

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Two-Year College

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David I. Spang Rowan College at Burlington County

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Dr. David Spang is the Sr. Vice President & Provost at Rowan College at Burlington County in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Prior to being named Sr. Vice President & Provost, Dr. Spang served as Interim President, Provost, Vice President of Academic Programs and as Dean of the Science, Mathematics, and Technology division. Dr. Spang holds a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering and a MBA degree, with a concentration in Innovation and Technology Management. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Spang spent nearly twenty years in R&D and business development.

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Edem G. Tetteh Rowan College at Burlington County

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Edem G. Tetteh is currently the Founding Dean of STEM at Rowan College at Burlington County. He previously served as Acting Dean of Academic Affairs at Potomac State College of WVU after the position of Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at Paine College. He has held a faculty position in the Industrial and Logistics Technology (INLT) program in the Department of Technology at Virginia State University. He received his B.S. in manufacturing systems and a M.S. in industrial engineering both from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He received his Ph.D. in technology from Purdue University, West Lafayette. Tetteh has authored a book entitled ”Engineering Approach to Work Design: Issues for the Obese Workers” and a forthcoming book in 2012 entitled ”Customer-Oriented Global Supply Chains: Concepts for Effective Management.” He also has several publications in the area of ergonomics and human factors and logistic and supply chain. He directed the self-study leading to the accreditation of the Industrial and Logistics Technology program by the Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

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Ratneshwar Jha Rowan University

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Dr. Ratneshwar (Ratan) Jha is Department Head & Professor of mechanical engineering at Rowan University. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a member of the AIAA Adaptive Structures Technical Committee, and an editorial board member for the International Journal of Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Jha earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University, and holds an MS in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech. He received his BS in aeronautical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

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As institutions of higher education strive to maintain effective and affordable educational pathways, innovative partnerships between associate and baccalaureate degree granting institutions can facilitate a student’s progress while maintaining close alignment with industry needs. This paper details the continuing efforts of a multi-year project between a two-year college and a university that has resulted in the creation of well-aligned associate and baccalaureate degrees in mechanical engineering technology. These offerings represent new degrees for both institutions, as well as an entirely new department of engineering technology at the university that complements its already existing engineering programs. Both degrees are based on a strong alignment with industry-defined requirements that have been identified through on-site forums and engagement with a robust industrial advisory board. The degrees emphasize technical and non-technical skills and competencies crucial to the practice of advanced manufacturing disciplines by mechanical engineering technologists. The delivery of the requisite content will be reinforced by the use of an applications database that will directly link course content with industry practice in a clear and effective manner. Additionally, the outlined associate to baccalaureate degree pathway will be delivered through an innovative “3+1” model in which the two-year college will deliver the first three years of the program, and the university will then deliver the final year, on the two-year college’s campus. This novel and innovative model will allow students to achieve a high-quality baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering technology for close to the cost of a single year at some institutions. Rigorous assessment methodologies have been included in both programs and will ensure the consistency of performance measures longitudinally between both institutions.

Spang, D. I., & Tetteh, E. G., & Jha, R. (2019, June), An Innovative Mechanical Engineering Technology Pathway Aligned with Industry Needs Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32066

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