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Developing a First-Year Engineering Course at a University in India: International Engineering Education Collaboration

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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International Division Technical Session 7

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Walter McDonald Virginia Tech

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Walter McDonald is a Ph.D. Candidate, jointly advised by Drs. Dymond and Lohani, in the CEE program at Virginia Tech with a focus in water-resources engineering. He received a B.S. in civil engineering from Texas Tech University and a M.S. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. He has had extensive training in hydrology and currently works in the LEWAS lab, where he conducts urban hydrology research. He has developed and implemented curricula for introducing the LEWAS into multiple courses at Virginia Western Community College and Virginia Tech. He also has international collaboration experience in first-year course development, engineering education research, and real-time watershed monitoring.

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Daniel S. Brogan Virginia Tech

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Daniel S. Brogan an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Virginia Western Community College, where he primarily teaches the first two semesters of general engineering courses. From 2011 to 2017 he was a doctoral student in engineering education at Virginia Tech, where his research involved the development and classroom implementation of the Online Watershed Learning System (OWLS), a guided, open-ended cyberlearning environment that is driven by HTML5, JavaScript and CSS ( and serves as a user interface to the Learning Enhanced Watershed Assessment System (LEWAS) Lab. In 2011 he founded Bhutanese-Nepali Christian Media Ministries, which utilizes online media to address needs in Christian ministries for people in these language groups. Prior to June 2010, he was a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire, where he earned his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering.

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Vinod K. Lohani Virginia Tech

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Dr. Vinod K. Lohani is a Professor of Engineering Education and also serves as the Director of education and global initiatives at an interdisciplinary research institute called the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) at Virginia Tech. He is the founding director of an interdisciplinary lab called Learning Enhanced Watershed Assessment System (LEWAS) at VT. He received a Ph.D. in civil engineering from VT. His research interests are in the areas of computer-supported research and learning systems, hydrology, engineering education, and international collaboration. He has served as a PI or co-PI on 16 projects, funded by the National Science Foundation, with a $6.4 million research funding participation from external sources. He has been directing/co-directing an NSF/Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site on interdisciplinary water sciences and engineering at VT since 2007. This site has 95 alumni to date. He also leads an NSF/Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) site on interdisciplinary water research and have 10 alumni. He also leads an NSF-funded cybersecurity education project and serves as a co-PI on two International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) projects funded by the NSF. He has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

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Gopalkrishna H. Joshi KLE Technological University

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I hold a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering.

Areas of research:
1. Data Engineering
2. Engineering Education Research

Current position: Professor and Head of Computer Science and Engineering, Director of Centre for Engineering Education Research

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Ashok S. Shettar KLE Technological University

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Dr. Ashok S. Shettar is Vice-Chancellor of KLE Technological University, Hubli India. He has ME and PhD in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Dr. Shettar has over 30 years’ experience in engineering education and administration. His expertise lies in strategic planning and institutional development, Engineering Education Research and Industry -Institute‐ Society interaction in regional development.

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This paper presents the results of collaborative efforts between a large research university in the U.S. and an engineering university in India to develop a first-year engineering program at the Indian University. A one-week workshop was held in June 2015 by one faculty and 2 PhD students from the large U.S. research university for 25 faculty at the Indian University to (1) provide support in the form of shared experiences and knowledge for developing a university-wide first-year engineering course, (2) assist in the development of a Center for Engineering Education Research, and (3) initiate a real-time watershed monitoring station in India based upon a station at the U.S. university for collaborative watershed and engineering education research. Assessment of the one-week workshop included multiple surveys using qualitative and quantitative questions. Results indicate that faculty found the workshop useful and were motivated to improve their own teaching and pursue engineering education research. The first-year course was implemented at the Indian University for the first time in the Fall 2015 semester with an enrollment of approximately 1,000 engineering students. Student learning and motivation in the course were assessed using qualitative and quantitative survey questions. Course implementation and assessment are ongoing at the time of this abstract submittal but results will be included in the final manuscript.

McDonald, W., & Brogan, D. S., & Lohani, V. K., & Joshi, G. H., & Shettar, A. S. (2016, June), Developing a First-Year Engineering Course at a University in India: International Engineering Education Collaboration Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26723

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