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Attributes of a Global Engineer: Field-informed Perspectives, Recommendations, and Implications

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Towards Global Competency for Engineering Education

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International

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12

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25.240.1 - 25.240.12

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https://peer.asee.org/21000

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Stephen Hundley Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Stephen Hundley is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor of organizational leadership and supervision in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.

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Patricia Fox Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Patricia Fox is the Associate Chair of Computer, Information, and Leadership Technology and Clinical Assistant Professor of organizational leadership and supervision. She has been a member of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI faculty since 1983. Fox teaches courses in leadership, ethics, human behavior, and sustainability practices in businesses and industries. She also teaches a study abroad course about sustainability. Fox has more than 15 years of leadership roles in ASEE, including three terms on the ASEE Board. Fox has worked with the Engineering Technology Council, Corporate Member Council, and the International Division.

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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 and the Co-chair for the ASEE Corporate Members Council Special Interest Group for International Engineering Education. Brown was named as University Relations Program Manager in 2004. In this position, she has oversight of various programs and projects for international and domestic higher education engagements. This includes such things as: developing corporate policy, procedures and guidelines for Boeing international university relationships; providing recommendations to the Higher Education Integration Board and executive sponsors for country and university relations global expansion for Boeing’s strategic workforce; leading a global network of Boeing Country/Regional Focals for alignment and implementation of Boeing’s University Relations Strategies; and managing the company’s domestic university relations portfolio of more than 160 higher education institutions. Annually, University Relations provides more than $6.5 million of charitable and business contributions for international and domestic higher education engagements. Prior to this assignment, Brown managed the Educational Partnerships group in Boeing’s training organization. In this position, she was responsible for conducting integrated and sustained partnerships with schools, colleges, and universities to communicate skills required by the manufacturing industry.
During this time, she served as Chairperson for the National Employer Council for Workforce Preparation for three years; Chairperson of the Board for the Manufacturing Technology Advisory Group for seven years; Chairperson of three National Science Foundation Review Committees for manufacturing and engineering related grants; and conference committee member of the National Career Pathways Network; as well as serving on a number of state and local boards and skills standards committees. Brown attended the University of Texas, 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 Education Market Business Development Consulting

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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 (SIG) on International Engineering Education and is currently Co-chair of that SIG. Jacobs is presently in his second term on both the ASEE CMC Executive Committee and the ASEE Projects Board and is the Secretary/Treasurer of the ASEE CMC. 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.” Jacobs 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. Jacobs 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, Jacobs has provided programs and resources to assist institutions of higher learning in preparing their students for academic and career success. Jacobs has worked in key positions for such well-known global market leaders as Autodesk, Avid Technology, and Addison-Wesley Publishing. During his career he has held positions as, among others, Director - Worldwide Education, Executive Editor, Senior Product Manager, and Senior Marketing Manager. Presently, he is self-employed as an Education Market Business Development Consultant, most recently serving as an interim executive hired as Director, U.S. Academic Relations to reverse Quanser’s declining U.S. educational revenues. Jacobs holds a master's of education and a master's of regional planning from the University of Massachusetts and has had special training as a Practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming and in mediation. Jacobs is a third-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. He lives in Falmouth, Mass., with his wife and son.

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Catherine Didion National Academy of Engineering

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Daniel R. Sayre John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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Hans J. Hoyer American Society for Engineering Education

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Hans J. Hoyer is Director for International Programs, ASEE; Secretary General of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES); and Executive Secretary of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). Prior to 2006, Hoyer was CEO of World Links, a spin-off of the World Bank. In this capacity, he worked globally on issues related to secondary education, teachers’ education, and on-ine collaborative learning focusing on science and social studies among high school students across the globe. Hoyer has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Studies at MIT, a Fellow at Harvard’s School of Education and Visitor at the Kennedy School of Government. He was Dean of the graduate program at the School for International Training, World Learning, and Executive Director of the Executive Training program for global governmental and NGO leaders in Brattleboro, Vt. Prior to this, he taught cultural anthropology and Latin American Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and Montgomery College, Takoma Park, Md. He earned his Ph.D. at American University in Washington, D.C., and was a postdoctoral Fellow at the Organization of American States, carrying out research in the Rio de la Plata region of South America. He started his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer and high school teacher in Linares and Talca, Chile, and has lived in more than 20 countries including Chile, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, South Asia, Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Over his extensive career, he has visited more than 125 countries and is fluent in four languages and conversant in an additional five languages. Hoyer has led several international development programs, including CARE, Plan International, and Heifer International. In these latter roles, he held executive leadership positions such as Senior Vice-President/Chief Operating Officer and Regional Executive and was responsible, among others, for raising large financial resources from a multitude of donors including U.S. government agencies, the World Bank, IAB, and several foundations, corporations, and private donors. He also represented the largest U.S. farming membership association as a spokesperson at the European Union and European Parliament in Brussels and also represented them in Mexico and Central America. He has served on the Board of Directors with Nelson Mandela of El Taller, a global civil society network headquartered in Tunisia, as well as on several social-action community groups. He was also on the staff of the Inter American Foundation, created by the U.S. Congress to support socio-economic development throughout Latin America/Caribbean. He was on the advisory board of Hewlett Packard’s e-Inclusion Global Advisory Board related to their work in South Africa and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Engineering for the Americas (EftA) initiative which is under the umbrella of the OAS. He has written on a broad range of subjects related to international development, politics, health, education, and engineering education. Born in Berlin, Germany, he immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager. His wife is Canadian and he has four children who were born in the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, and Belgium. His oldest son is a physician at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, and his oldest daughter, an occupational therapist, is the co-owner of an occupational/physical therapy clinic. He has two small children ages 12 and 10 and is therefore deeply interested in the issues related to science and engineering for the young. His wife is Global Director for PR in Johnson Control (JCI).

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Abstract

Attributes of a Global Engineer: Field-Informed Perspectives, Recommendations, and ImplicationsWhat knowledge, skills, abilities, and characteristics are needed by engineering professionalsliving and working in an increasingly global context? At what stage of an engineer’sprofessional development are these attributes acquired and applied? In what ways doacademicians, employers, policymakers, and others play a role in equipping engineering studentsand practitioners with such attributes? And to what extent are there similarities and differencesin the nature of expected attributes based on one’s background or location?For the past three years, the ASEE Corporate Member Council’s Special Interest Group forInternational Engineering Education developed, presented, and vetted with its stakeholders aseries of attributes representing the desired competencies and characteristics needed by engineersin order to effectively live and work in a global context. An online survey was launched tovalidate the performance and proficiency levels of each attribute, including the stages at whichattributes were essential to the preparation, performance, and employability of global engineers.Educators, employers, students, and professional engineers throughout the global engineeringcommunity were invited to participate in the survey. To promote input and obtain feedback fromthe largest possible global engineering audience, ASEE collaborated with the InternationalFederation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) to make the survey available in Chinese,English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish andTurkish.This paper describes the stakeholder-driven process to identify and define attributes of a globalengineer; survey development and sampling procedures; summary of key findings-to-date; theperspectives, recommendations, and implications of how findings should be used to enhanceengineering education; and brief discussion and next steps.

Hundley, S., & Fox, P., & Brown, L. G., & Jacobs, A., & Didion, C., & Sayre, D. R., & Hoyer, H. J. (2012, June), Attributes of a Global Engineer: Field-informed Perspectives, Recommendations, and Implications Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21000

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