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Applied Engineering Technology Program’s Curriculum

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



Conference Session

ET Leadership, Administration, and Articulation

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Engineering Technology

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13.210.1 - 13.210.11

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Vladimir Genis Drexel University

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Dr. Vladimir Genis, Associate Professor and Program Director of Applied Engineering Technology in the Goodwin College, Drexel University, taught and developed graduate and undergraduate courses in physics, electronics, nondestructive testing, biomedical engineering, and acoustics. His research interests include ultrasound wave propagation and scattering, ultrasound imaging, nondestructive testing, electronic instrumentation, piezoelectric transducers, and engineering education. He serves as a member of the Drexel’s Faculty Senate.

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Gerry Marekova Drexel University

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Gerry Marekova is the Program Manager for Applied Engineering Technology in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies at Drexel University. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with major in Marketing and is currently pursuing her Master Degree in Higher Education Administration at Drexel University. Her responsibilities include scheduling classes, maintaining partnership programs with community colleges and high schools, and mentoring current and prospective students. She has a strong interest in curriculum and program development.

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Applied Engineering Technology Program’s Curriculum


Drexel University is the leading institution of higher education in the Delaware Valley and Greater Philadelphia region that offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Applied Engineering Technology (AET). The AET program was initiated as a response to job- and education-related issues expressed by government, academic institutions and industries across the nation. Since fall of 2002, Drexel has been offering its AET major in collaboration with the Delaware County Community College (DCCC) under a dual model, in which the students can pursue both associate in applied science (A.A.S.) and B.S. degrees concurrently at DCCC facilities. In fall 2004, the AET major became available to the students at Drexel wishing to pursue the B.S. degree on a full- or part-time basis. Starting in the fall of 2006, the AET major became available as a degree completion to New Jersey residents due to a new partnership between Drexel University and Burlington County College (BCC) with both full- and part-time enrollment options. The AET program’s content provides an integrated educational experience directed toward developing the ability to apply the fundamental knowledge gained in the Drexel’s Goodwin College to the solution of practical problems in the engineering technology fields. The program’s curriculum, which is comprised of Electrical, Mechanical, and Industrial concentrations, places emphasis on the application of theory rather than on derivations and proofs. The majority of courses are fully integrated with training and laboratory experience and extensive use of software and industrial case studies.


The Applied Engineering Technology (AET) program’s co-op-based curriculum offered by the Goodwin College at Drexel University is described in this work. The AET program is based on a cyclic model of the relationship between knowledge production and improvement of practice in undergraduate education and clearly distinguishes itself from traditional engineering programs in the following ways:

It forms the bridge between the engineer/scientist and the technical and/or production workforce. The curriculum places emphasis on the application of theory rather than on derivations and proofs. The majority of courses are fully integrated with training and laboratory experience, extensive use of software and industrial case studies. Faculty members with extensive industrial and academic experience support the program.

The goals of Drexel’s Applied Engineering Technology program are:

To become a national model for the delivery of high-quality, affordable, technically- oriented education by focusing on student-centered learning and the integration of hands- on laboratory and industry-based experiences.

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