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Developing A Professional Science Master’s Degree Program In Combating Weapons Of Mass Destruction

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Conference

2007 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Curriculum Innovation

Tagged Division

Multidisciplinary Engineering

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

12.482.1 - 12.482.10

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/2251

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99

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David LaGraffe Air Force Institute of Technology

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LTC Lagraffe is assigned to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency with duty as a professor at AFIT. He is currently the Combating WMD Curriculum chair. His expertise is in experimental condensed matter physics. His past research has involved study of the growth, electronic, and magnetic properties of thin films, surfaces and interfaces.

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James Petrosky Air Force Institute of Technology

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Dr. Petrosky is a retired army officer and has been on the AFIT faculty since 2000. He serves as the Nuclear Engineering curriculum chair. His expertise is in radiation effects on electronics, EMP, and nuclear weapon effects.

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Developing a Professional Science Master’s Degree Program in Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction

Abstract

Efforts in the global war on terrorism and the current international climate have highlighted the need for national long-term investment in developing and maintaining technical expertise in nuclear, chemical, and biological weapon engineering. Efforts to assure, dissuade, deter and defeat weapons of mass destruction require knowledge of a broad array of scientific processes and are a significant interdisciplinary engineering problem. Implementing a successful program requires overcoming many institutional and educational challenges to provide both the broad base of knowledge and the necessary cross-disciplinary integration. The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has established a new Professional Science Master’s Degree Program in Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction. The program requires a new paradigm in academic effort that includes multidisciplinary engineering education and cooperative agreements with local institutions to ensure that the appropriate expertise is available for all aspects required of this discipline. This paper will cover the basis for the choice of a Professional Science Master’s program, why it fits with this degree requirement, what institutions must consider when developing such a multidisciplinary program, and how AFIT solved resource and programmatic issues associated with the development of this degree.

LaGraffe, D., & Petrosky, J. (2007, June), Developing A Professional Science Master’s Degree Program In Combating Weapons Of Mass Destruction Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2251

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