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Departmental Survival Through Collaborative Industrial Partnership

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



Conference Session

Industry and Engineering Technology Partnerships

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Engineering Technology

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13.355.1 - 13.355.10



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Jaby Mohammed Morehead State University

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Jaby Mohammed received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Kerala, India in 1997; he received his MBA with specialization in Operations Management in 2001, his M.S. with a concentration in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville in 2002, and has a PhD in Industrial engineering from University of Louisville in 2006. His research interest includes advanced manufacturing; computer aided design, six sigma, and enterprise resource planning. He is a member of IIE, ASQ, SME, POMS, ITEA, NAIT, KAS,and Informs.

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Sam Mason Morehead State University

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Mr. Sam Mason, CMfgT, CSIT is an instructor of Industrial and Engineering Technology in the areas of Manufacturing/Robotics and Graphics Technology. He has a Master of Science in Industrial Technology and currently pursuing an Educational Doctoral degree in Instructional Systems Design for curriculum and instruction. His industrial work background ranges from supervision, quality, manufacturing and automation engineering and instructional training. He is Chairman – Elect for the Lexington, KY Society of Manufacturing Engineers chapter and on the State Project Lead the Way Certification Team

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Xiaolong Li Morehead State University

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Xiaolong Li joined Morehead State University in 2006, after graduation from The University of Cincinnati with a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering degrees in Electrical and Information Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 1999 and 2002, respectively. Dr. Li teaches Computer Networking, Microprocessor, Computer Electronics, and Wireless Communications. Dr. Li's current research interest is in the area of wireless and mobile networking, especially in wireless ad hoc and sensor networks.

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Departmental Survival through Collaborative Industrial Partnership


In this paper/discussion the author's identify how the Industrial and Engineering technology curriculum and program strengthened at Morehead State University. The author's initially review a brief history of the Industrial and Engineering Technology program and how the department survived from closing down to become one of the most successful departments at the university.

The author's also describe how the objectives were set and how department worked with the local industrial partners and advisors to set up and help with the curriculum to meet the industrial demands. The objectives were set based on the local educational and industrial demands for the employment, research and educational collaboration with in the university service region, and the Commonwealth.

The paper would then conclude that successful industry-education collaboration is characterized by feelings of mutual ownership and commitment among the faculty, students, department advisors, and the local industries. The evidence of the accomplishments between the department and the industry will be discussed using a model of the relationship and analysis of cooperative education and employee evaluation of the students.


The mere thought of stagnation during a century of change is grounds for extinction, not only for business but also education. Survival mode sets in when the threat of elimination appears to knock at the door. This survivalism is triggered by anticipation of disruptions in local, regional or global social or political order and the movement toward preparation to survive. Does this mean education needs to worry? Does it mean that only certain programs of education need to worry?

The Industrial and Engineering Technology department at Morehead State University has continued to survive for the past 85 years of its natural and unnatural existence. This paper would speak of existence as unnatural as if it were artificial. In not so many terms, it was and is currently. The departments’ existence needed to be inventive; inconsistent with the natural pattern or custom assigned during its mere development. It needed to break down barriers of the perceived “social norm” to survive.


Morehead State University began its journey in 1887 as the Morehead Christian Normal School and was known as “a light to the mountains” 4. Its mission was to bring education, enlightenment and hope to those of the mountainous region and became a public institution in 1922 (MSU, 2007). During this time, the development of the Industrial Arts program began as a support program to prepare teachers to fill positions in the vocational training programs as result of the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 9. Twenty years later, during WWII, the campus was in

Mohammed, J., & Mason, S., & Li, X. (2008, June), Departmental Survival Through Collaborative Industrial Partnership Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3247

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