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Engineering Portfolios: Value, Use, and Examples

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Issues in Academic Integrity and the Value of Portfolios, Case Studies, and Supportive Programs

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Graduate Studies

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Vincent Wilczynski Yale University

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Vincent Wilczynski is the Deputy Dean of the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science and the James S. Tyler Director of the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation & Design. As the Deputy Dean, he helps plan and implement all academic initiatives at the School. In addition, he manages the School's teaching and research resources and facilities. As the James S. Tyler Director of the Center for Engineering Innovation & Design he leads the School’s efforts to promote collaboration, creativity, design and manufacturing activities at Yale’s academic makerspace. His professional interests in Mechanical Engineering are in the areas of data acquisition/analysis and mechanical design. He is the Co-Chair of the Executive Advisory Board of the FIRST Foundation and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. Previously, he was the Dean of Engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and has had fellowships at the MIT Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, the Harvard School of Public Health and with the American Council on Education. He has also served as the Vice President of Public Awareness for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was the 2001 Baccalaureate College Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation, the only national award that recognizes outstanding college teaching.

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Patrick H. Knowles Jr. Cleveland Mixer

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Patrick Knowles has had more than thirty years of increasing responsibilities in engineering design, engineering education, leadership & personnel supervision, financial & project management, and regulatory compliance. A registered Professional Engineer in Virginia, he recently accepted a position at a manufacturing firm with duties including engineering design, engineering research, and engineering sales support. Previously he was the Technologies Department Chair of Three Rivers Community College as well as Professor in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and an Associate Professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the Mechanical Engineering Section and in the Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering Section. He is a retired Coast Guard officer with twenty years of active duty service.

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Abstract for ASEE Graduate Studies Division

Recommended sessions abstract is relevant to: 1. Mentoring graduate students 2. Professional graduate education relevant to the need of the engineering profession 3. Best practices in graduate engineering & technical education

Engineering Portfolios: Value, Use and Examples

Engineering portfolios are becoming a valuable tool for students applying to engineering positions in industry. These web-based portfolios compliment an applicant’s resume and, properly executed, can provide dynamic insight into an engineering student’s skills as a designer, creator, fabricator, and problem-solver. While the use of professional portfolios is well established in some fields, such as art, film, graphics design, and architecture, the concept is relatively new within the engineering disciplines. This paper will present the values and typical contents of an engineering portfolio. Information on the process to develop an engineering portfolio will be offered. A framework for shaping portfolios to address the job skill needs of potential employers will also be put forward. The paper will document the efforts of graduate and undergraduate engineering students to (1) archive professional academic work for display in a portfolio, (2) curate their archive to present a concise and cogent display of their professional skills and (3) organize the portfolio to demonstrate fulfilling employer job skill wants. The paper will use examples of student-developed portfolios as models of this method to document a person's engineering skills.

Wilczynski, V., & Knowles, P. H. (2016, June), Engineering Portfolios: Value, Use, and Examples Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26658

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