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Attributes of a Global Engineer

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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A Global Engineer: International and Domestic Engineer

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22.266.1 - 22.266.19



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Stephen Hundley Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Stephen P. Hundley is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

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Lynn G. Brown The Boeing Company

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Lynn Brown is the Boeing Corporate Program Manager for University Relations International for Strategic Workforce Planning and the Co-chair for the ASEE CMC Special Interest Group for International Engineering Education.
Lynn was named as Boeing's University Relations Program Manager in 2004 expanding her responsibilities to international in 2007. In this position she has oversight of various strategies, funding, programs and projects for international and domestic higher education engagements including recommendations for policy, procedures and country and university relations global expansion. Lynn manages the company’s domestic university relations portfolio of 172 higher education institutions and leads a global network of 22 Boeing Country/Regional Focals for alignment and implementation of Boeing’s University Relations Strategies.
Annually, Boeing’s University Relations unit provides over $6.5 million dollars of charitable and business contributes for international and domestic higher education engagements.
Lynn attend the University of Texas at Austin for her Ph.D. work in Higher Educational Administration; Northern Arizona University for her M.A. in Curriculum and Assessment and Arizona State University for her B.A. in Secondary Education: Communications.

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Alan Jacobs Quanser

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As a member of ASEE since 1994, Alan Jacobs has served the Society in numerous leadership roles. He founded the ASEE Corporate Member Council (CMC) Special Interest Group on International Engineering Education and currently serves as co-chair of that SIG. Alan is presently serving his second terms on the ASEE CMC Executive Committee and the ASEE Projects Board. He also serves on the ASEE Journal of Engineering Education Advisory Board and was a contributor to ASEE’s “Advancing the Scholarship of Engineering Education: A Year of Dialogue.” Alan was previously a member of the ASEE International Strategic Planning Task Force, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) Executive Committee and General Motors’ Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education Core Team.

Alan has spent his professional career committed to helping colleges and universities gain enhanced access to teaching tools and to advancing the learning opportunities available to their students. By managing and growing innovative education initiatives for technology companies, Alan has provided programs and resources to assist institutions of higher learning in preparing their students for academic and career success.

Now, as Director, US Academic Relations for Quanser, Alan is responsible for leading and managing Quanser’s commitment to inspiring and preparing the next generation of engineers to successfully compete in today’s global workplace.

Prior to Quanser, Alan was the Senior Manager, Global Education for Autodesk, where he developed and managed Autodesk’s Global Strategic University Program leading a team to improve colleges’ and universities’ access to and adoption of Autodesk’s 3D solutions.

Previously, at Avid Technology, as Senior Manager, Worldwide Education, Alan had overall responsibility for creating and directing the implementation and optimization of programs and strategies to enhance schools’ use of Avid’s products globally. While at Avid, Alan was an Advisory Board member of the University Film & Video Association (UFVA), Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT), Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI).

Earlier, Alan was the Director, Worldwide Education for Bentley Systems, Inc. and Executive Editor in Addison-Wesley Publishing Company’s Educational Software division.

Alan holds a Masters of Education and a Masters of Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts and has had special training as a Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and in Mediation. Alan is a third-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. He lives in Falmouth, MA with his wife and son.

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Patricia Fox Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Patricia Fox is the Associate Chair of the Computer Information and Leadership Department and Clinical Assistant Professor in Organizational Leadership and Supervision in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI. She currently serves as the ASEE Vice President for External Relations and First Vice President. Pat has been active in the ASEE Corporate Member Council since 2004, serving as the Chair of their Special Interest Group (SIG) for Engineering, Technology and Society Liaison since 2006. She also serves on the CMC International SIG.

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Catherine Didion National Academy of Engineering

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Catherine Didion is a Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Her portfolio is the Diversity of the Engineering Workforce program with a charge to provide staff leadership to the NAE's efforts to enhance the diversity of the engineering workforce at all levels including the diversity of those being prepared to enter the future workforce. In addition to her duties at NAE, in March of 2007 Didion became the Director of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. This is a standing committee with a new mandate to work as a focal point on gender across the three National Academies.

Didion served as Executive Director for the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) for fourteen years (1990 to 2004). During tenure AWIS was awarded the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring and she was the principle investigator for 17 government and foundation grants. Didion has presented testimony before the United States Congress and U.S. federal agencies and she was the editor for Women in Science Column for the Journal of College Science Teaching from 1993 - 2002. Didion has extensive experience on Capitol Hill including staff positions at the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Office of Senator Robert Packwood (R-Oregon), the Senate Computer Center, and the Senate Press Gallery.

Didion’s honors and awards include AAAS Fellow (2005); AWIS Fellow (2001); Drucker Foundation Fellow (2000); Texaco Management Institute Fellow (1999); Secretary of the US Air Force Inaugural Environmental Civic Leaders Tour (1996); and Certificate of Commendation and Distinguished Service, Embassy of the United States of America (1989).

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Daniel R. Sayre John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


Hans J. Hoyer American Society for Engineering Education

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Director for International Programs of ASEE; Secretary General of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and Executive Secretary of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC)

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Attributes of a Global Engineer: Findings, Recommendations, and Implications from an International SurveyWhat skills and experiences will today’s engineering students need to develop while in schooland throughout their careers to successfully compete in today’s global workplace? This questionis the focus for a group of corporations affiliated with the American Society for EngineeringEducation (ASEE) Corporate Member Council (CMC), whose mission is to foster, encourage,and support high-quality engineering education around the world to assure a global supply ofwell-prepared engineering graduates.For two years, the ASEE CMC Special Interest Group for International Engineering Educaitondeveloped, presented, and vetted with its stakeholders a series of attributes representing thedesired competencies and characteristics needed by engineers in order to effectively live andwork in a global context. An online survey was launched to validate the performance andproficiency levels of each attribute, including the stages at which attributes were essential to thepreparation, performance, and employability of global engineers. Educators, employers,students, and professional engineers throughout the global engineering community were invitedto participate in the survey. To promote input and obtain feedback from the largest possibleglobal engineering audience, ASEE collaborated with the International Federation ofEngineering Education Societies (IFEES) to make the survey available in Chinese, English,French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.This paper describes the stakeholder-driven process to identify and define attributes of a globalengineer; survey development; sampling procedures, strengths, and limitations; summary of keyfindings, including areas of convergence and divergence surrounding attributes of a globalengineer; and a series of recommendations for engineering students, professionals, educators,employers, and policymakers. Implications for planning, public policy, educational practice, andfuture research will also be highlighted and described.[Note: at the time of abstract submission, the survey is being launched; the window for responsesis October-December 2010. Should this abstract be accepted, results will be available for theJanuary paper submission deadline]

Hundley, S., & Brown, L. G., & Jacobs, A., & Fox, P., & Didion, C., & Sayre, D. R., & Hoyer, H. J. (2011, June), Attributes of a Global Engineer Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17547

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