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DETECT: Design Entrepreneurship Technology Engineering Collaboration Transatlantic Project

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

ECE Division Poster Session

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Electrical and Computer

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22.448.1 - 22.448.8



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Heinz Schmidt-Walter Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany

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Heinz Schmidt-Walter is from Germany, the town of Bremen. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Hannover where he also got his Ph.D. in the area of power electronics. Consequently his first industrial engagement was in power electronics, specially high speed brushless frequency drives for high speed centrifuges. 1988 he went back to the University, first to the private University of Deutsche Telekom, where he worked and lectured in power electronics, specially Switch mode power supplies. 2000 he changed to the University of
applied sciences, Darmstadt. There he started his work in the fuel cell and hydrogen technics area beside power electronics.

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Michael J. Dyrenfurth Purdue University, College of Technology, West Lafayette

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Michael Dyrenfurth is professor in the Department of Industrial Technology at Purdue University. He is co-PI of the DETECT and Atlantis Concurrent M.S. degree projects. Active in international aspects of the profession, he teaches and researches in the areas of technological innovation, technological literacy, and international dimensions of technological education.

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James L. Barnes James Madison University

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Dr. Barnes is a professor of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University. He has worked in the science and technology field for over 39 years, having served in leadership positions in education, business/industry, and government. Dr. Barnes is also a co-principal of Barnes Technologies International LLC. Prior to joining the faculty at James Madison University, Dr. Barnes was the Director of NASA RISE, a NASA research institute at Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Barnes has also directed a technology research center at The University of Texas at Austin and has served as President and CEO of two technology research companies. Dr. Barnes earned his baccalaureate and doctorate degrees at Virginia Tech and his masters at Virginia State University. Dr. Barnes has conducted many research projects and third party evaluations, published numerous articles, and has authored several books in his research areas of Innovation, Problem Solving and Sustainability.

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DETECT - Design Entrepreneurship Technology Engineering Collaboration Transatlantic ProjectA report and evaluation from the German point of View by Dr. Heinz Schmidt-Walter,Hochschule Darmstadt, University of Applied Science GermanyProject Summary: This mobility project is a collaboration of four engineering, design andtechnology education institutions addressing a 21st century global imperative; namely thatinnovative Engineering & Technology will be done by multidisciplinary knowledgeintegration in a collaborative, cross-cultural, global, and digital environment. The project willdevelop a suite of sustainable innovative international learning contexts and institutionalize afull semester student exchange.EU funding: € 180.000 US funding: $ 180.000Project Start: 2007Partners:EU lead institution:Dublin Institute of Technology, IESchool of Control Systems and ElectricalEngineeringEU partner institution:Hochschule Darmstadt, University of AppliedScience, DEDepartment of Electrical Engineering and InformationUS lead institution:Purdue UniversityElectrical and Computer EngineeringTechnology DepartmentUS partner institution:The Pennsylvania State UniversitySince 2007 the US Universities Purdue and Pennstate and the German Hochschule Darmstadt,University of applied science had an intensive student and faculty exchange.Facts since 2007:One-semester student exchange US -> Hochschule Darmstadt: 9 StudentsOne-semester student exchange Hochschule Darmstadt -> US: 9 StudentsOne-semester faculty exchange US -> Hochschule Darmstadt: 1 Professor (Spring2011)One-semester faculty exchange Hochschule Darmstadt -> US: 1 ProfessorShort-time student exchange US -> Hochschule Darmstadt: 16 StudentsShort-time faculty exchange US -> Hochschule Darmstadt ->US for lecturing andadministration:approx. 15 ProfessorsSeveral special events and meetings for exchange organization and research collaborationA couple of joint research projects.The conference paper will describe the exchange activities from the view of the GermanHochschule Darmstadt. Educational and academic offers from the Hochschule Darmstadt tothe US-Students will be described and evaluated. Also the living costs, accommodationsituation and additional information will be presented. Interview results with the students willgive subjective information.

Schmidt-Walter, H., & Dyrenfurth, M. J., & Barnes, J. L. (2011, June), DETECT: Design Entrepreneurship Technology Engineering Collaboration Transatlantic Project Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17729

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