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Building Sustainable Industry Partnerships That Engage Faculty and Prepare Job-Ready Students

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

College Industry Partnerships Division Technical Session 3

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College Industry Partnerships

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24.246.1 - 24.246.14



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Mark Angolia East Carolina University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Mark Angolia is an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University in the College of Technology & Computer Science. Prior to entering academia, he held industrial positions in engineering, manufacturing, quality, materials, and operations management for manufacturing companies within the automotive supply chain. In addition to teaching in ECU’s Department of Technology Systems, Dr. Angolia conducts approximately 200 hours per year of industrial training and consulting for topics including forecasting, inventory management, production planning, project management, and supply chain management. His research interests are in improving supply chain efficiency through the application of technology and best practices for warehousing, logistics, and inventory management. He holds a B.S. and Master of Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Ph.D. in Technology Management from Indiana State University. He also holds professional certifications of CPIM and CSCP from APICS, The Association for Operations Management, and a PMP from the Project Management Institute.

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John Pickard East Carolina University

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I am a teaching instructor at East Carolina University in the College of Technology and Computer Science. Since January 2002 I have taught undergraduate Information and Computer Technology courses in the Department of Technology Systems. I also play an active role in building positive industry relations between our department, local businesses, and industry partners.
Current industry recognized certifications include; Certified Cisco Network Professional, Microsoft Certificated Professional, Nortel Certified Technology Specialist, EMC Information Storage and Management, IPv6 Forum Certified Engineer (Gold), IPv6 Forum Certified Trainer (Gold), and Cisco Certified Academy Instructor.
I received my MBA from Wayland Baptist University of Plainview Texas and my BS in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University of Daytona Beach Florida. I am currently enrolled in the Technology Management PhD program at Indiana State University and expect to graduate in the fall of 2014.

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Leslie Pagliari East Carolina University

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Dr. Leslie Pagliari serves as Associate Professor of Technology Systems and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Technology and Computer Science. Her research interests center on STEM initiatives, global supply chain issues, and new technologies in the distribution and logistics sector. She was one of three professors in the United States recognized in an Inbound Logistics Article featuring leading professors in today’s supply chain curriculum.

She has worked with a team of colleagues throughout other colleges at East Carolina University to plan a STEM initiative for 8th grade girls. This initiative helped bring more than 85 Pitt County girls to campus to engage them in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine Fields. In addition, Dr. Pagliari collaborates with many external organizations. She is past president of APICS (Association of Operations Management) and past Education Chair for the CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals). She also served as a board member for the Museum of the Marine in Jacksonville, NC and the Eastern Carolina Safety and Health School. She continues to serves on multiple organizations with the University, College, and Department. Finally, Dr. Pagliari was selected and completed the BRIDGES Academic Leadership for Women hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Charles J Lesko Jr. East Carolina University

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Building Sustainable Industry Partnerships That Engage Faculty and Prepare Job Ready StudentsThere is growing pressure on colleges and universities to better prepare students for theworkplace and to measure the value of academic programs by the number of students hired aftergraduation. At the same time, educational institutions are facing deep budget reductions andreduced levels of support from both the State and Federal governments. Additionally, employersare demanding that graduates from a university program have more applied experience.Feedback gathered from academic program advisory boards and findings from literature onuniversity and industry partnerships indicate that increasingly, there is becoming a lag intechnology knowledge between industry and academia. One such view is that universities tendto stop at the "basic" levels of technical education, giving students solid academic knowledge,but not the practical world-of-work skills that industry demands.Our college at University XXXX has successfully met these challenges through a multifacetedindustry partnership model that engages all stakeholders: faculty, students, industryprofessionals, and administrators, in the educational process. The purpose of this partnershipmodel is to strengthen the relationship between college and industry from several directions. (1) Providing faculty from engineering and technology fields as consultants to industry through the Center for Innovation in Technology and Engineering. (2) Generating continuous feedback through the establishment of industry advisory committees for all programs. (3) Encouraging student professional and technical development through a Career and Development Learning Center. (4) Creating opportunities for students to gain valuable industry experience through internships, co-ops, and capstone projects with industry partners.This paper will present in detail how our partnership model successfully builds and managessustainable industry partnerships. It will also give concrete examples of how working togethercan build successful relationships between universities and industries in order to help students besuccessful upon graduation. The paper will conclude by explaining how these successes can beduplicated at other colleges and universities.

Angolia, M., & Pickard, J., & Pagliari, L., & Lesko, C. J. (2014, June), Building Sustainable Industry Partnerships That Engage Faculty and Prepare Job-Ready Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20137

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