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Developing a Pervasive, College-wide Approach to Integrating Achievement of Global Competence into the Curriculum

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Towards Global Competency for Engineering Education

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25.416.1 - 25.416.13



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Gregg Morris Warnick Brigham Young University

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Gregg M. Warnick is the Director of the Weidman Center for Global Leadership and Associate Teaching Professor of engineering leadership within the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University (BYU). He works actively with students and faculty to promote and develop increased capabilities in global competence and leadership. His research and teaching interests include globalization, leadership, project management, ethics, and manufacturing processes. Prior to joining BYU, Warnick worked for Becton Dickinson, a Global Medical Technology Company (1995-2006). In this capacity, he worked as a Product Development Engineer, Quality Engineer, Technical Lead, business leader, and Program/Project Manager managing many different global projects. Warnick received his Ph.D. in educational leadership and higher education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a master's of technology management degree and a B.S. in manufacturing engineering technology, from Brigham Young University. Warnick also is a Professional Associate Instructor for IPS Learning and Stanford University, where he teaches the IPS course Project Management Mastery and the Stanford Advanced Project Management course Managing Without Authority for numerous fortune 500 companies throughout the world, including Cisco, Google, Visa, Barclays, Novo Nordisk, Medtronic, Oracle, Visa, Xilinx, Nationwide Insurance, and Anadarko Petroleum. He is a certified Manufacturing Technologist (Society of Manufacturing Engineers). He is an active member of ASEE.

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Spencer P. Magleby Brigham Young University

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Spencer Magleby is a professor of mechanical engineering and Associate Dean in the Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University. He came to BYU in 1989 after working in the aircraft industry developing tools for advanced aircraft design and manufacture. Magleby received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, where his research centered on design. He has pursued research in design tools and processes, team management, and new mechanism technologies. He teaches design at the graduate and undergraduate level and is interested in educational partnerships with industry and international issues in design. As Associate Dean of undergraduate studies, he has promoted and supported the structuring and expansion of international programs. He is an active member of ASME and ASEE.

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Brent E. Nelson Brigham Young University

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Brent Nelson is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Brigham Young University and Program Head for the Computer Engineering program there. He received his Ph.D. in computer science in 1984 from the University of Utah. He originally developed and serves as Director of the college’s Global Leadership Study Abroad in Nanjing, China. His current research interests focus on custom computing architectures using FPGA devices and on fault-tolerant techniques for the use of FPGA devices in harsh environments. He currently serves as Co-director for the U.S. NSF Center for Reconfigurable High Performance Computing (known as CHREC) and as Director of the BYU site within that center.

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Towards a College-Wide System of Experiences and Programs to Achieve Global Competence for Engineering StudentsAbstractLike many institutions across the country, we have embarked on development of experiences andprograms related to the objective of achieving global competence in our engineering students.These internationally-oriented activities have been part of a phased plan at the college level todevelop a system to achieve global competence within our graduates. Key activities included thedevelopment and piloting of international technical experiences, coursework design, anddevelopment of definitions for global competence related to student learning outcomes andassociated assessment tools.The paper presents a description of the current state of the college program and provides anoverview of future directions to a curricular and non-curricular system. Emphasis is placed onthe integration of the system with academic degree programs within the college and resourcesoutside of the college. Reflections on the experiences and learning gained in the developmentand implementation of the experiences, programs, and hoped-for college-wide system arepresented. These reflections are generalized to be lessons-learned that could apply to otherinstitutions trying to build their international programs.

Warnick, G. M., & Magleby, S. P., & Nelson, B. E. (2012, June), Developing a Pervasive, College-wide Approach to Integrating Achievement of Global Competence into the Curriculum Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21174

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