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Domestic Internationalization Developed Through Collegiate Activities

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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 Poster Session

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26.562.1 - 26.562.8



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Saeed D. Foroudastan Middle Tennessee State University

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Dr. Saeed Foroudastan is the Associate Dean for the College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS). He is also the current Director for the Master’s of Science in Professional Science program and a professor of engineering technology at MTSU. Foroudastan received his B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University. Additionally, he has six years of industrial experience as a Senior Engineer and 17 years of academic experience as a professor, Associate Professor, and Assistant Professor. Foroudastan’s academic experience includes teaching at Tennessee Technological University and Middle Tennessee State University in the areas of civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and engineering technology.

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1. Domestic Internationalization: Developing Global Competence through On-Campus Activities2. Best Universal Practices in Creating and Fostering Industry & Academic Partnerships.3. Engineering education responses to global challenges/Exposing engineering students to other cultures. Domestic Internationalization Developed Through Collegiate ActivitiesWith growing technological advances, the emergence of a global economy has been facilitated.In order to effectively compete in today’s international economy businesses must now be flexiblein regards to cultural diversity. At our university student involvement in organizations such asthe Experimental Vehicles Program (EVP) and Master of Science in Professional Science(MSPS) Club provides students with experience with not only technical skills, but also cross-cultural interaction.The EVP is a program that consists of five experimental vehicles designed, manufactured andconstructed by students in time for annual international competitions. These vehicles consist ofthe Lunar Rover, Baja SAE, Solar Boat, Formula SAE, and the Formula Hybrid. This programis available to undergraduate and graduate students in Engineering and Engineering Technology.The MSPS Club is oriented to students of the Master of Science in Professional Science programwhich contains six concentrations: Actuarial Science, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, EngineeringManagement, Geoscience, and Healthcare Informatics.Lack of cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, and communication difficulties can createcultural bias. Interaction with diverse cultures gives an opportunity for acceptance of differencecultures. Through the EVP and MSPS Club, students are given a chance to work andcommunicate with cultures different from their own. These two programs are prime examples ofdomestic internationalization on our campus.

Foroudastan, S. D. (2015, June), Domestic Internationalization Developed Through Collegiate Activities Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23900

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