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Developing Industry Partnerships for Student Engagement in China

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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International Division Technical Session 8

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26.501.1 - 26.501.8



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Scott I. Segalewitz University of Dayton

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Scott Segalewitz, P.E. is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology at the University of Dayton (UD). His areas of interest include using technology to enhance the learning environment, developing global technical professionals, distance and asynchronous learning, and technical communication. He served for 2-1/2 years as Director of Industrial and Technical Relations for the University of Dayton China Institute in Suzhou, China where he established corporate partnerships and training programs for US companies in the Suzhou Industrial Park, and developed opportunities for UD students to gain international and technical experience in China. He served for twelve years as Chair of the UD Department of Engineering of Engineering Technology, where he was responsible for leadership of five baccalaureate engineering technology programs, and approximately 300 full and part-time students. Prior to this position, he spent fourteen years as Program Chair of Biomedical Engineering Technology at Penn State University. Segalewitz earned an MS degree in Biomedical Engineering, a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He is active in professional societies including the American Society for Engineering Education, (ASEE), and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is has also served as a program evaluator for ABET since 1991, and spent four years on the TAC of ABET Commission. He is currently chair of the ETD membership committee, has served is on the ASEE Engineering Technology Council (ETC) executive board, the ASEE Engineering Technology Leadership Institute (ETLI) executive board, and is past chair of the ASEE Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology Department Heads Association (ECETDHA).

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Possible Session Topics • Best Universal Practices in Creating and Fostering Industry & Academic Partnerships • International Collaborations, Experiences, Partnerships, Service Learning • Needs of multinational companies Developing Industry Partnerships for Student Engagement in ChinaThe US_Univ (XX) opened a campus in Suzhou, China in August 2012. One of the objectives ofthe US_Univ China Institute (XXCI) is to develop partnerships with industry that will bothbenefit the companies and provide rich educational experiences for students studying in China.Partnerships between XXCI and companies in China are multifaceted, and varied among thecompanies. The standard Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) essentially says that bothXXCI and the partner company will endeavor to form collaborations for such items as studentrecruiting, research, innovation center projects, continuing education, professional development,and degree courses. Development of industry collaborations is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor,but rather a mutually-beneficial partnership that helps the company and also providesopportunities for students to become learners with an ability to excel in a global workplace.Some partnership activities such as professional development courses and use of meetingfacilities are for the sole befit of the company. However, the majority of the partnershipactivities also benefit future technical professionals. Some of these other partnership activitiesinclude • student design projects developed either at XX or XXCI for clients in China; • company research projects using XXCI facilities and incorporating student researchers; • student interns for company projects in China; • assistance in recruiting full-time talent at XX for positions in China; and • student-led energy audits of manufacturing facilities.This paper outlines development of several partnerships between XXCI and industry, andhighlights some practices that may be used by other educational institutions to further developtheir international partnerships. Details that will be shared include sample MOU, marketingdocuments, and results of some current industry-education relationships.

Segalewitz, S. I. (2015, June), Developing Industry Partnerships for Student Engagement in China Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23840

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