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Design, Development and Implementation of a Master of Science Degree in Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization

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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

Methods, Techniques, and New Programs in Graduate Education

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Graduate Studies

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23.375.1 - 23.375.15



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Niaz Latif Purdue University, Calumet

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Dr. Niaz Latif is the Dean of the School of Technology at Purdue University Calumet. He has also served for two years as the Dean of the Graduate School and additional two years as the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies. Dr. Latif was responsible for the graduate education activities for 14 Master’s Degree programs, development of new degree programs and courses. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri—Columbia and an M.S. from South Dakota State University (SDSU); both degrees are in Agricultural Engineering. He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. Dr. Latif has authored/co-authored numerous refereed journal articles and peer reviewed conference proceedings articles and has made national and international conference presentations. His publication record includes articles related to academic program development and assessment of academic programs. Dr. Latif was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Engineering Technology.

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Joy L Colwell Purdue University, Calumet (Tech)

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Joy L. Colwell is Director of Graduate Studies for Purdue University Calumet. She is a Professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision, and former Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies in Technology. Professor Colwell writes frequently on the topics of soft skills in technology education, and on issues of graduate administration.

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AbstractThe School of Technology at NAME University designed, developed and implemented a Masterof Science Degree in Modeling, Simulation and Visualization (MSV). In the development of thisdegree program, analyses were done of the stakeholder needs in the area; based on theseanalyses, the School designed the degree to meet “high-tech” workforce need in the region. Theprogram is flexible enough to appeal to students having various academic or professionalbackgrounds within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) discipline. Thegoal is to prepare graduates who would apply MSV skills in a variety of ways to solve industryand business problems. The program has a fixed plan of study which includes the options forthree elective courses. These elective courses would allow students to tailor the program to theirindividual professional interests and needs. Furthermore, each student is required to complete adirected project dealing with the application of MSV techniques for the solution ofindustry/business problems.This paper describes the design, development and implementation of the interdisciplinary MSVgraduate program in terms of, 1) needs and justification, 2) planning process, 3) programdescription and objectives, 4) curriculum, 5) implementation issues related to faculty, studentsand resources, and 6) examples of MSV related industry projects. The description also includesthe process, starting from a concept paper development through approval of the program by theState Commission of Higher Education. 

Latif, N., & Colwell, J. L. (2013, June), Design, Development and Implementation of a Master of Science Degree in Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19389

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