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Bringing a Viable Product to Investors Utilizing Senior Engineering Student Interns

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Engineering Management Division Technical Session 1

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Engineering Management

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26.290.1 - 26.290.7



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Don Bowie P.E. Aurasen Limited

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Don Bowie is a Systems Engineer with an extensive background in engineering design and management, labor relations, and various academic positions. His undergraduate degree is in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, with a Masters in Engineering from Seattle University. Mr. Bowie is an honors graduate from The Executive Program at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia. His engineering and management background spans four decades in Aerospace Projects primarily at the Boeing Company. Career accomplishments include creating computerized systems for electronic design and testing, rocket orbital placement of telecommunications satellites, and the design and building of multi-megawatt wind turbines. His career has progressed from technical design engineer to large-corporation executive manager. His labor relations experience includes Vice President of the United States’ largest professional/technical bargaining unit recognized by the Labor Relations Board. Don’s academic career involves educational assignments which include teaching and developing several engineering and business related courses as a University Adjunct Professor, an assignment as a full time “Boeing Loaned Executive” from Industry to a University, and a multi-year tenure as an Affiliate Professor at Seattle Pacific University. Mr. Bowie is presently the CEO of a technical entrepreneurial start-up corporation which has sponsored and participated in six Engineering Capstone Projects and two engineering-intern sponsorships at California Baptist University. Don has had three United States’ patents issued plus he was the primary author for three peer-reviewed academic papers which were published and presented at National Conferences. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Senior Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

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Xuping Xu California Baptist University

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Dr. Xuping Xu is currently professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at California Baptist University. He received B.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering and applied mathematics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, in 1995. He received M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering and applied mathematics, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, in 1998, 1999, and 2001, respectively. In 2008, Dr. Xu joined the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering at California Baptist University. Between 2001 and 2008, he was an assistant professor and subsequently an associate professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering at Penn State Erie, Erie, PA. His research interests include systems and control, hybrid and embedded systems, digital design, software/hardware enabled control applications, algorithms and optimization. He has published 18 journal papers, 39 conference papers, and 4 book reviews in the above areas. Since 2008, Dr. Xu has been serving as the assessment coordinator of the College of Engineering. He is a senior member of the IEEE and has been an associate editor on the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He also actively serves as a reviewer for a number of journals and conferences.

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Anthony L Donaldson California Baptist University

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Dr. Donaldson is the founding dean of CBU’s Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering. Under his leadership the program started in the fall of 2007 with one additional faculty member, 53 students and 4 majors (BS CE, BS ECE, BS E, BS ME) and has grown into a college with five departments, twenty seven faculty with PhD’s, and 515 undergraduate engineering students studying 10 Majors. Dr. Donaldson received his BS, MS and PhD in EE from Texas Tech University where his research was in the Pulsed Power area. He has published more than 70 conference or refereed journal articles in a wide variety of fields. His current interests are in engineering education from a Christian worldview perspective with an emphasis on leadership development, partnership with industry and cross cultural collaborations.

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October 17, 2014 Draft of an Abstract for a Proposed Academic Paper to be Presented at the 2015 ASEE Annual Conference in Seattle, WA. Bringing a Viable Product to Investors Utilizing Senior Engineering Student Interns AbstractThis abstract reports the subsequent step of clinical testing of a product mentioned in aprior paper presented by the authors at the 121st ASEE Annual Conference & Expositionin 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The resultant technical modifications based on theclinical testing’s user feedback are also presented in the abstract. The unique aspect ofthis effort is that engineering student interns were directly involved; while the internsremained at their university a paid representative of the sponsoring company joined themto provide direct hands-on technical guidance and assistance. This representative was astudent member of an original capstone design team that developed the productmentioned by our 2013 ASEE paper. That individual has now received his EngineeringMaster’s Degree at another university and was subsequently offered a meaningfulposition at the sponsoring corporation.The proposed paper describes how the interns worked under the technical direction of thecorporate sponsor’s representative and under the academic direction of the EngineeringCollege’s Dean and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair. Theinterns were expected to be personally involved in the clinical testing of the previouslydeveloped medical product and be responsible for the incorporation of productimprovements in accordance with the feedback obtained during the clinical testing. Acomponent of the interns’ work was the direct support of a local professional medicalpractitioner versed in the medical area associated with the product. This interface, in theuniversity setting, of technical mentor (corporate representative), medical practitioner(user interface) and professional faculty (engineering professors) provided a coordinatedindustry, customer and pedagogical aspect to the students.It was the intent of this partnering of industry, practitioner and faculty to provide aninternship experience which encompasses full system engineering instruction frominvention to market. Under “normal” circumstances, engineering instruction is providedin the university, followed by an initial industry experience in an internship and finallycustomer interface impacts after employment as a graduate engineer. It is anticipated thatthe approach described in this paper will provide a well-rounded full-system aspect to theengineering students that is normally received piecemeal as a student progresses intohis/her engineering career. The paper will provide an assessment of the benefits and theissues encountered throughout this undertaking during this academic year.

Bowie, D., & Xu, X., & Donaldson, A. L. (2015, June), Bringing a Viable Product to Investors Utilizing Senior Engineering Student Interns Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23629

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