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An Innovative Transfer Track from Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology to Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

ECE Program Development

Tagged Division

Electrical and Computer

Page Count

14

Page Numbers

24.167.1 - 24.167.14

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https://peer.asee.org/20058

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60

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Robert A. Strangeway Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Dr. Robert A. Strangeway is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He was the Program Director of the BS Electrical Engineering Technology program at MSOE from 1997-2003 and is currently the AAS-EET to BS-EE Transfer Track Coordinator. He earned his Ph.D. from Marquette University in 1996. He has 34 years of experience in microwave/millimeter-wave technology and is currently performing research on millimeter-wave components and systems at Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. He is a member of the IEEE and teaches courses in circuits, signals, electromagnetic fields, and RF/microwaves.

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Stephen M. Williams P.E. Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Dr. Stephen Williams, P.E. is a Professor and Chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department at Milwaukee School of Engineering. He has over 25 years of engineering experience across the corporate, government, and university sectors specializing in: engineering design, electromechanical systems, sensor technologies, power electronics and digital signal processing. His professional activities include: program chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education; chair of a new IEEE program on Early Career Faculty Development; editorial board of IEEE/HKN The Bridge magazine; and ABET EAC program evaluator.

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Edward W. Chandler P.E. Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Dr. Chandler is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1985 and is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. He previously was a Member of Technical Staff at L-3 Communications and currently performs systems engineering consulting in the area of communications for DISA (U.S. DoD). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and teaches courses in circuits, signals, communication systems, and networking.

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Richard W. Kelnhofer Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Dr. Kelnhofer is the Program Director of Electrical Engineering and an Assistant Professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). Formerly, he held engineering and managerial positions in the telecommunications industry. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University in 1997 and is a Professional Engineer registered in the State of Wisconsin. Dr. Kelnhofer teaches courses in circuits, communication systems, signal processing, and information and coding theory.

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Owe G. Petersen Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Dr. Petersen is Assistant VP of Institutional Research and Assessment, Professor Emeritus and former Department Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He is a former Member Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories and received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. His technical work ranges over topics such as Optical Data Links, Integrated Circuit Technology, RF semiconductor components, and semiconductor component reliable. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and an ABET EAC program evaluator in Electrical Engineering.

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Abstract

An Innovative Transfer Track from Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology to Bachelor of Science in Electrical EngineeringA new curriculum path has been developed to achieve a Bachelor of Science in ElectricalEngineering (BSEE) degree via an efficient transfer track from eight different Associate inApplied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology (AAS-EET) programs. The transfer froman AAS-EET program into a BS engineering program often requires three or more years ofcourses to complete the degree, whereas the transfer from an AAS-EET program to complete aBS engineering technology program can typically be accomplished in two years. The latter isreferred to as a two-plus-two transfer track. The track described in this paper is not pure two-plus-two, but is two additional academic years plus a small set of general education courses.Other transfer track features include articulation agreements with the two-year colleges, tightlycoordinated curricula, and sustained, close interaction between the faculties of the two- and four-year institutions.The primary attribute underlying this innovative transfer track is the utilization of bridge coursesin both the AAS-EET and BSEE programs. Bridge courses are designed to efficiently transitionstudents from an AAS background to meeting BSEE requirements without unnecessaryrepetition. The AAS-level bridge courses in this transfer track begin the transition in content,rigor, and perspective from an engineering technician to an engineer. The BS-level bridgecourses, which occur early in the BSEE transfer curriculum, continue and complete thetransition.This new transfer track is a modification of an existing two-plus-two AAS-EET to BS-EETtransfer track. An accumulation of ten years of assessment data for the existing AAS-EET toBS-EET transfer path was used in designing the new transfer path to the BSEE degree. Thispaper provides the rationale for making the change from BS-EET to BSEE, some historicenrollment and retention data on the BS-EET program, general experiences with the articulationagreements, detailed descriptions of the AAS-EET and BSEE curricular structures and bridgecourses, the different types of sustaining institutional interactions, and early success in attractingtransfer students from the AAS-EET programs to the BSEE program.

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