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Assessment of a Global Engineering Outreach Course

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Diversity and Global Experiences

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Chemical Engineering

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Randy S. Lewis Brigham Young University

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Dr. Randy S. Lewis is professor at Brigham Young University (BYU). He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from BYU and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively. He currently serves as chair of the Education and Accreditation Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and as an ABET commissioner for accrediting engineering programs. He previously served in several national positions of AIChE. His research interests include biomaterials development, engineering education, product design for developing areas, and the utilization of renewable resources for the production of chemicals.

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Terri Christiansen Bateman Brigham Young University

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Terri Bateman is adjunct faculty in the Brigham Young University College of Engineering and Technology where she has worked with Women in Engineering and Technology at BYU, numerous mechanical engineering capstone senior design teams, and the Compliant Mechanisms Research Group. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from BYU and also worked at the Ford Motor Company as a manufacturing and design engineer in Automatic Transmission Operations.

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Carol J. Ward Brigham Young University

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Carol J. Ward is associate professor in the Sociology Department.

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Assessment of a Global Engineering Outreach Course

International educational opportunities for engineering students include, but are not limited to, internships, study abroad programs, and humanitarian programs such as Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Since 2007, a two-semester Global Engineering Outreach (GEO) course in the College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University has enabled engineering and technology students from multiple disciplines to design and implement humanitarian-based engineering projects. Energy, water, sanitation, and health projects have been implemented in Tonga, Ghana, and Peru. Currently, the projects focus on the needs of communities in Peru.

Teams consisting of four to five students interact on a regular basis with the Peruvian communities throughout the two-semester course. Interaction is facilitated by the fact that nearly one-half of the students speak and write Spanish fluently. Extensive documentation is required to capture communication efforts and the project development process. Surveys (both pre- and post-trip) are also conducted on a regular basis to assess the effectiveness of communication, the impact of Peruvian feedback to the projects, social understanding of the community, and teamwork interactions.

This paper addresses key findings from the surveys and documentation reports and summarizes key findings from the surveys, documentation, and reflections papers to address: a) What cultural resources were used by students to obtain community-centric and project-centric information? b) What cultural information was obtained and how useful was this information for the project design and understanding the community? and c) How were students impacted by the Learning Outcomes? A brief discussion of future plans for strengthening the GEO course is also presented.

Lewis, R. S., & Bateman, T. C., & Ward, C. J. (2018, June), Assessment of a Global Engineering Outreach Course Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29832

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