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Building Transatlantic Collaboration for Excellence in Doctoral Education

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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International Division Technical Session 5

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24.248.1 - 24.248.4



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Javier Orozco P.E. UPV

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Ph. D. Javier Orozco-Messana lectures on materials science, ceramics and several scientific topics since 1986 at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. He has also lectured at Florida State University.
He has been Reserach & Development manager in several private companies (AIMME, Lladro, Autocares Luz) since 1990 to 2004. He has been responsible for more than 5 research projects at European, national and regional level with an overall budget of over 3 million euros.
For 6 years he was secretary at the valencian Association for Industrial Engineers and apart from his academic responsibilities he is currently Director for International Affairs at UPV where he is responsible for the coordination of several Erasmus Mundus Consortiums.
His main research fields are photovoltaic materials, fiber reinforced concrete, performance evaluation and active learning in higher education. In these fields he has published more than 15 papers in leading academic journals.

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Joseph S. Sun University of Pennsylvania


Karen McDonald University of California, Davis

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Dr. McDonald is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Faculty Director of the NSF ADVANCE program at UC Davis. Prior to joining the ADVANCE leadership team she served for 13 years as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, her M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Professor McDonald’s research is at the interface of plant synthetic biology and bioprocess engineering, utilizing novel protein expression systems for production of human therapeutics, industrial enzymes and biopolymers in plant tissues and plant cell culture bioreactor systems. She is also the PI and Director of an NSF IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) called CREATE (Collaborative Research and Education in Agricultural Technologies and Engineering), an interdisciplinary graduate training program in applied plant biotechnology, and Co-Director of the NIH Training Program in Biomolecular Technology at UC Davis.

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Carlos Jiménez-Rico Universitat Politècnica de València

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BA in English Studies from the Universitat de València and MA in Languages and Technology from Universitat Politècnica de València. From 2009 he works at UPV’s International Relations Office where he is actively engaged in the dissemination and management of European-funded international projects, such as Erasmus Mundus and Tempus IV.

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Juan-Miguel Martinez-Rubio Universitat Politecnica Valencia

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BUILDING TRANSATLANTIC COLLABORATION FOR EXCELENCE IN DOCTORAL EDUCATIONJ.Orozco1*, J.M.Martinez-Rubio1, K.McDonald2, J.Sun3, J.Angeles4, R.Keltie5 (1) Universitat Politécnica de Valencia (Spain) (2) University of California Davis (USA) (3) University of Pennsylvania (USA) (4) McGill University (Canada) (5) North Carolina State University (USA) * corresponding author: jaormes@cst.upv.esThe present shows the results obtained on the development of collaborative doctoraleducation through a European funded (TEE project Erasmus mundus, action 2) network forexcellence in Engineering postgraduate programs.The main objective of the TEE Partnership has been to encourage structured cooperation athigher education level between European, US and Canadian Higher Education Institutions, byfostering interinstitutional relations and sustainable international cooperation. It hascontributed to the development of doctoral education by promoting advanced, high-qualityresearch work and training future Phd’s with a clear focus on international researchcollaboration.TEE has developed a network for excellence in engineering (Universitat Politecnica de Valencia,University of Cambridge, Universita di Roma “la Sapienza”, Universite Paris-Sud, GhentUniversity, TU Berlin, North Carolina State University, University of California Davis, Universityof Pennsylvania, McGill University and the University of British Columbia) resulting in theimplementation of future academic cooperation and joint postgraduate programmes, forcontinued promotion and sustainable region-to-region cooperation.The paper presents the results after 2 years of the project operation which is leading to a newapproach for future doctoral education based on research collaboration.Today’s collaboration in education has not evolved at the same pace as interpersonalinteractivities for research and joint work among research Universities. The excellence of anengineering program cannot be granted without the multidisciplinary spectra needed formaintaining a leading edge for Engineering in our interconnected world. TEE has established aninstitutional dialogue between first level Universities in Canada, US and Europe. Mobilities andFaculty dialogue has proved key for fostering mutual cooperation, creating a pool of expertiseand know-how that will set the basis for the future implementation of joint doctoral educationprograms in engineering.

Orozco, J., & Sun, J. S., & McDonald, K., & Jiménez-Rico, C., & Martinez-Rubio, J. (2014, June), Building Transatlantic Collaboration for Excellence in Doctoral Education Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20139

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