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Bridging The Gap Between Post Graduate Engineering Education And Industry Needs

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Emerging Trends in Graduate Education

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9.264.1 - 9.264.7



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David Heaslip

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2004 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Salt Lake City, Utah June 20-23, 2004

CAPS Document ID: 2004-1735

Title: Bridging the Gap between Post-graduate Engineering Education and Industry Needs

Author: David Heaslip, Executive Director Advanced Design and Manufacturing Institute ___________________________________________________________________________

In today’s industrial business environment there is increasingly high demand for engineers capable of integrating modern business practices with enhanced skills in engineering design and manufacturing processes, and knowledge of rapidly changing technology. Equally, working engineers and their employers, interested in acquiring such new and enhanced skills, want access to post-graduate programs that provide academically stimulating yet "real- world" content in a format that can be accommodated with minimal negative impact on business and personal responsibilities and obligations.

The Advanced Design & Manufacturing Institute (ADMI) Master of Engineering in Design & Manufacturing with emphasis on business management is a relatively new, part-time, modular M.Eng. program specifically created to address the needs of engineers working in industry. It provides engineers with opportunity to upgrade engineering design, manufacturing and technological skills, gain management skills and develop enhanced business acumen … while effectively balancing work and personal life. A particularly remarkable element of the ADMI model is that it is based on the initiative of leading universities to present the program in a cooperative partnership.

To follow is an overview of this very interesting and successful program.

ADMI Program Design, Development and Operation

The ADMI M.Eng. program is a partnership of the engineering and business schools of five leading Ontario universities: McMaster University, Queen's University, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Ontario.

The ADMI concept was conceived by professors in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto in concert with like-minded colleagues at the other partner universities and executives at Materials & Manufacturing Ontario (MMO), one of the province of Ontario Centres of Excellence. The program was conceived after university/industry interface activities continually indicated an industry perspective that

Heaslip, D. (2004, June), Bridging The Gap Between Post Graduate Engineering Education And Industry Needs Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13202

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