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Comparing Study Abroad Interest between Universities

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Engineering Management In The Classroom

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Engineering Management

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23.311.1 - 23.311.11



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Eric Specking University of Arkansas Orcid 16x16

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Eric Specking serves as the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment for the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He directs the engineering recruitment office and most of the College of Engineering’s K-12 outreach programs.

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Kathryn D. Abel Stevens Institute of Technology (SES)

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Kate Abel serves as the as the Director of the Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Management Program in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management and Applied Psychology. She has held several professional service positions including the President of the Engineering Management Division of American Society of Engineering Education and the President of Epsilon Mu Eta, the Engineering Management Honor Society. She teaches courses in Total Quality Management, Engineering Economics, Entrepreneurial Analysis of Engineering Design, Statistics for Engineering Managers, Management of Engineering and Technology, and Senior Design. Her research areas include knowledge engineering, as well as, knowledge and information management. She has been published several times including chapters in the books Eshbach's Handbook of Engineering Fundamentals and Engineering Economic Analysis; in journals such as the Engineering Management Journal and the Journal of Engineering Education; and several conference proceedings. She is a member of several professional societies including ASEE, ASEM, ASME, and EMH.

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Kim LaScola Needy University of Arkansas

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Kim LaScola Needy is Department Chair and 21st Century Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University. Prior to her academic appointment, she gained industrial experience while working at PPG Industries and The Boeing Company. Her first faculty appointment was at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Needy’s research interests include engineering management, sustainable engineering, engineering economic analysis, and integrated resource management. She is President-Elect of IIE as well as a member of ASEE, ASEM, APICS and SWE. She is a licensed P.E. in Kansas.

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Comparing Study Abroad Interest between UniversitiesA growing movement is occurring across the United States to encourage college students tostudy abroad so that they may become better aware of other cultures and environments and moreimportantly be able to successfully compete in the global economy. Within engineering, ABEToutcome h (the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in aglobal, economic, environmental, and societal context) and the report released by the NationalAcademy of Engineering on Educating the Engineer of 2020 have provided further motivationfor engineering educators to address this need. This paper will discuss the extension of an onlinesurvey developed and originally administered to undergraduate engineering students at the ___, apublic institution, to a new cohort at ___, a private institution. This survey examines the factorsprohibiting students from studying abroad, specifically, 1) if there are differences among gender,classification and/or program of study, 2) whether students do not study abroad due to financial,class selection, time, and/or other reasons, 3) what percent of the cost associated with studyingabroad the students need to have covered in order to be able to afford to study abroad, and 4)where students wish to study abroad. In addition, this comparison contrasts findings between apublic, rural, comprehensive university (___) with a private, urban, technological university(___).

Specking, E., & Abel, K. D., & Needy, K. L. (2013, June), Comparing Study Abroad Interest between Universities Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19325

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