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Developing A Multidisciplinary Engineering Program

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Programs: Look Ahead

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9.398.1 - 9.398.11



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Chell Roberts

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Multidisciplinary Programs: Session 2171

Developing a Multidisciplinary Engineering Program at Arizona State University East Campus

Chell A. Roberts, Albert McHenry College of Technology and Applied Science, Arizona State University Ease


The purpose of this paper is to present an update on the planning of a new engineering program and Arizona State University (ASU) East. Planning began in the Summer 2003 and implementation is expected in 2005. This paper presents a background of Arizona Sate University East Campus and discusses the need for a new engineering program at ASU. A draft set of program requirements is presented along with some details for a new modeling and simulation concentration.


In early 2003, Arizona State University (ASU) began the process planning a new department that will house a “general” engineering program. The new engineering program is anticipated to serve as a foundation for a polytechnic campus at ASU East Campus. ASU is a three-campus university serving the greater Phoenix area, with an enrollment of over 54,000 students. There are 46,000 students enrolled at the ASU Tempe Campus and 3500 students enrolled at the ASU East Campus.

Arizona State University East opened in the fall of 1996. The opportunity for the new campus was created with the closure of Williams Air Force Base in 1993, and an agreement to give the land to the State of Arizona. Currently the ASU East Campus consists of three colleges. The College Technology and Applied Science has programs in Aeronautical Management Technology, Information and Management Technology, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology, and Computing Studies. The College of Agribusiness has programs in Professional Golf Mgmt, Pre-vet, Food Management, and Food Science. The East College has programs in Applied Psychology, Applied Biological Science, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Exercise and Wellness, Human Health, and Nutrition. ASU East has joined with Chandler-Gilbert Community College in an innovative New Partnership in Baccalaureate Education to offer complete ASU bachelors degrees, featuring small classes, an integrated curriculum, and cost savings for students. A Chandler-Gilbert Community College is collocated on the campus.

“Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2004, American Society for Engineering Education”

Roberts, C. (2004, June), Developing A Multidisciplinary Engineering Program Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13444

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