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Cross Cultural Diversity in Engineering Professionals—Russia, India, America

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2016 ASEE International Forum


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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Concurrent Paper Tracks Session II Outreach

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Julia Ziyatdinova

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Julia Ziyatdinova graduated from Kazan State Pedagogical University in 1999. Her major areas of study were foreign languages and she finished her University course with honors and qualification of teacher of English and Turkish. She continued her training and obtained PhD in Education degree in 2002. The topic of her PhD study was titled “System of Character Education in the US Schools: Current State and Trends for the Development”. She also received additional minor degrees in Management (1998) and Psychology (1999) in Kazan State Technological University.

Julia joined the team of Kazan State Technological University as an instructor at the Department of Foreign Languages and the School of Foreign Languages “Lingua” in 1999 and was rapidly promoted to the position of Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages in 2003. Her teaching career was perfectly balanced by the experience of a translator and an interpreter. She is a well-known person at Kazan international conferences and other events for her high quality consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, such as interpreting for the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan.

The new milestone in Julia’s career was the position of the Chair of Department of Foreign Languages for Professional Communication in 2007, when she took over all the responsibilities related to foreign language training at Kazan State Technological University. The teaching and research priorities of her department were then focused on professional and intercultural communication for students in a technical university, professional translation and creation of foreign language environment at a university.

Because of her talents and activities, Julia became one of key figures in university international life. When Kazan State Technological University obtained the new status of a National Research University and joined the list of Top 30 Russian universities, Julia was offered a position of a Head of University International Office. She took over this position in April 2011 and rapidly gathered a strong team of professionals to face the challenges of the new university status and transformed International Office into University International Affairs with two offices covering all the aspects of internationalization.

In addition to her intensive career, Julia is also the Director of Center for Intercultural Communication – a company within the University structure offering excellent language training services for students and adult employees.

Julia is the author and co-author of over 85 publications including monographs, journal articles and study guides.

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Artem Bezrukov

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Artem Bezrukov graduated from Kazan National Research Technological University (KNRTU) in 2007. His major program was Chemical Engineering. He has also a minor degree in Translation for Professional Communication. Artem Berukov received his PhD in chemistry at the same university in 2010. His is the head of Protocol Office at International Affairs and an associate professor at the Department of Physical Chemistry at KNRTU. His activity areas include internationalization of higher education, colaboration with universities and research organizations in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Artem Bezrukov is the author and co-author of over 50 publications including papers in peer-reviewed journals, proceeding of international conferences, workbooks and monographs.

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Phillip Albert Sanger Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Sanger is a professor in the School of Engineering Technology in the College of Technology of Purdue University. His focus and passion is real world, industry based, senior capstone experiences both domestically and internationally. He has successfully developed this area at Purdue and at Western Carolina University. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Sanger had a successful 30 year career working in and with industry managing and participating in broad range technology development and commercialization.

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Petr Osipov

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In this global world, today’s engineer is likely to have to work in global international teams with colleagues from other nationalities. The challenge for many engineering curricula is how to include, in a realistic way, this global dimension and increase the student’s awareness of the issues that are encountered. However as curricula begins to be developed, it would be beneficial to study what the differences might be between cultures. To expose the issues that may be encountered for future multidisciplinary teams made up of students from USA, Russia and India, the Miville Guzman Universal Diversity Scale (MGUDS-S) survey and form which assesses cross cultural diversity was used to measure differences between American and Indian engineers. Data using the MGUDS-S survey was collected from a population of Indian professional business people and entrepreneurs attending a personal development program and compared their responses to data collected for a similar survey with predominantly Russian business people and entrepreneur This latter comparison group was made up of experienced professional business people and entrepreneurs from around the world including a large population of academics from Russia, plus entrepreneurs from Mexico, Luxembourg, Australia, South Africa, Uzbekistan, Brazil, and Finland. This international group has quite similar demographics to the Indian group and is being used as a reasonable comparison for project-minded professionals. Both groups should very similar attitudes as expected. However significant and interesting differences have been found and are discussed in the paper. A strikingly higher emotional discomfort level was found in Indian male participants for cross cultural diversity. In addition this study studied the differences between male and female responses across cultures. Finally the results of these two studies were compared to the results of surveys with engineering students from U.S.A., Germany, Poland and Russia from previous cross cultural diversity studies conducted by the authors.

Ziyatdinova, J., & Bezrukov, A., & Sanger, P. A., & Osipov, P. (2016, June), Cross Cultural Diversity in Engineering Professionals—Russia, India, America Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/1-2--27240

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