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Development of Sustained Academia-Industry Partnership ─ A Successful Model and Two Case Studies

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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





Conference Session


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Diversity and Corporate Member Council

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26.538.1 - 26.538.12



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Chiang Shih Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Dr. Chiang Shih is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Southern California in 1988. He has served as the department Chair from 2002 until 2011 and is currently the Director of the Aeropropulsion, Mechatronics and Energy Center established in 2012. He is the coordinator of the ME Senior Capstone Design Curriculum and the dual degree B.S.-M.S. program.

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Gregory John Kostrzewsky Cummins, Inc


Lin Xiang Sun Danfoss Turbocor Compressors

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Vice President of Engineering and Product Development

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Development of Sustained Academia-Industry Partnership ─ A Successful Model and Two Case StudiesIncreasingly, engineering educators recognize the importance to prepare our students not onlytechnical knowledge and skills but also professional components such as leadership,management, teamwork, ethics, and professional responsibility so they can be successful in theircareers. Few of these elements can be simulated effectively in a traditional academicenvironment and the participation of engineering practitioners becomes critical. Similar to mostengineering programs, we have achieved this through the involvement of our advisory councilmembers in this capacity and this paper presents our experiences in developing the partnershipover the years. The relationship starts with the integration of these industry leaders into ourprogram’s continuous improvement process, including ABET accreditation assessment, thesponsorship of senior capstone design projects, and other educational activities. Thedevelopment of partnership has further extended to dual degree BS-MS internship and projectsupport, research collaboration, fellowship sponsorship and the involvement of internationalprogram. In this paper, the faculty industry liaison and two industry leaders will provide anoverview of these activities and their impacts on our program. We focus our discussion on theaforementioned successful model with two companies which have different types of affiliationwith our program. The first one is a Fortune 500 global company with no geographical orstrategic connection to our school initially but it has developed a long-lasting relationship. Theother is a manufacturing company located locally and playing globally with the state-of-arttechnologies in its industry and set a new trend of the global products. From the academicprogram perspective, the partnership has provided real-world experience to our students, relevantadvice on emerging industrial trends in workplace, and professional network for our faculty andstudents. From the industrial partners’ viewpoint, they can encourage needed curricularrenovations, leverage on academic program’s research and development expertise while gettingdirect access to the most motivated and capable graduates for potential employment.

Shih, C., & Kostrzewsky, G. J., & Sun, L. X. (2015, June), Development of Sustained Academia-Industry Partnership ─ A Successful Model and Two Case Studies Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23877

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