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Collaborative Research And Curricula Development In The New M.S. Engineering Programs At Boise State University

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.275.1 - 6.275.11



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Stephanie Eisenbarth

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Siddhartha P. Duttagupta

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Robert Walters

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Paul Dawson

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Joseph Guarino

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George Murgel

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Christopher Pentico

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Session 3255

Collaborative Research and Curricula Development in the New M.S. Engineering Programs at Boise State University

Siddhartha P. Duttagupta, Paul Dawson, George Murgel, Joseph Guarino, Christopher Pentico, Robert Walters, and Stephanie Eisenbarth

Boise State University


The objective of this paper is to provide insight into the functioning of Boise State University’s (BSU) three new M.S. programs in Engineering, namely, Civil (CE), Electrical (EE), and Mechanical (ME) Engineering. These programs were created as a result of a tremendous collaborative effort with partners from higher education, government, and industry. Notable examples include (i) $12 million in a community funded effort to construct two new engineering buildings that became operational in 2000; (ii) $5 million in laboratory equipment donations from Micron, HP, American Microsystems, SCP, Cascade Microtech, Teradyne, and Zilog; (iii) $5 million in research and equipment grants in the Year 2000; (iv) development of four new “distance” graduate courses to be offered to the industry and the community-at-large via various video delivery modes; (v) participation of four industry experts as adjunct faculty for teaching BSU graduate courses; and (vi) 10,000 man-hours donated by industry engineers to train BSU faculty and technicians in the use of sophisticated laboratory equipment. The newly created M.S. programs in CE, EE, and ME are engaged in an interdisciplinary research effort, which is discussed in this article. The technical goal is to minimize the use of hazardous chemicals in cleaning high aspect ratio microstructures. Broader goals include dynamic curricula development, and student leadership and mentoring opportunities that will enhance the quality of graduate education and attract new students to the programs. This project symbolizes the commitment shared by the faculty and their partners in the industry and in the government to ensure the rapid, collaborative growth of professionally oriented graduate programs at BSU.

I. Introduction

In 1996, the State of Idaho transformed what had been a University of Idaho satellite-engineering program into a new College of Engineering at Boise State University. The B.S. degree programs in Civil, Electrical (renamed as Electrical and Computer Engg.- ECE), and Mechanical Engineering were established and were accredited by ABET in 1998. For the past four years, the College of Engineering has experienced rapid growth in facilities, faculty, and student “Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2001, American Society for Engineering Education”

Eisenbarth, S., & Duttagupta, S. P., & Walters, R., & Dawson, P., & Guarino, J., & Murgel, G., & Pentico, C. (2001, June), Collaborative Research And Curricula Development In The New M.S. Engineering Programs At Boise State University Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9006

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