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Enhancement Of An Engineering Curriculum Through International Experiences

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Global Engineering Education Initiatives

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International

Page Count

15

Page Numbers

13.533.1 - 13.533.15

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https://peer.asee.org/3833

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Prashanth Jayaraman Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Prashanth Krishna Jayaraman is a graduate student in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Engineering Education and helps in teaching the hands on activities of the EngE 1024 course. He is the President of the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience at Virginia Tech. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University (Chennai, India).

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Vinod Lohani Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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VINOD K. LOHANI is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Education and an adjunct faculty in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He received a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Virginia Tech in 1995. His areas of teaching and research include engineering education, international collaboration and hydrology & water resources.

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Garrett Bradley Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Garrett Bradley currently works for Amsted Rail†Griffin Wheel division as an international manufacturing engineer, with current project assignment in Xinyang, Henan, China. Garrett graduated from Virginia Tech in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and concentration in Green Engineering. During his academic career, Garrett actively participated in numerous international initiatives at Virginia Tech and has maintained involvement in several projects since graduating.

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Odis Griffin Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Dr. Hayden Griffin is the Professor and Head of the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. His research interests include the theories of human learning, especially in an engineering context, design of effective engineering courses and curricula, and design of graduate programs in engineering education.

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John Dooley Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Dr. John Dooley is the Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs at Virginia Tech and directs all international activities at the university.

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Enhancement of International Activities in a Large Engineering Curriculum

Abstract

About one thousand three hundred students enter Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering as a freshman each year. These engineering freshmen complete a 1-year long general engineering (GE) program, conducted by the Department of Engineering Education (EngE), before transferring into one of thirteen engineering majors. This university has taken several initiatives in recent years to promote internationalization of campus. This paper presents summary of various international activities introduced in the GE program during last 3 years and students’ responses are analyzed. In addition, some innovative ideas, aided by latest technology, to enhance global education experiences for engineering students are presented.

1. Introduction: The General Engineering (GE) (also called freshman engineering) program at Virginia Tech is being reformed as a part of a Department-Level Reform (DLR) grant from the NSF. “Engineering Exploration EngE1024,” is a 2-credit first semester course in the GE program. This course, required of all engineering freshmen, is offered by the Department of Engineering Education (EngE). Some of the recent initiatives in EngE1024 include introduction to sustainability conceptsi; use of contemporary issues and skits to instruct engineering ethicsii iii; introduction of international activitiesiv; use of electronic portfolio for instructionv vi; use of multiple models of a problem to instruct different aspects of the course vii, introduction of international content, and use of mechatronics to introduce multi-disciplinary design to engineering freshmenviii. Also, a number of assessment (formative and summative) activities are being implemented in the GE program ix x to evaluate the learning experiences of engineering freshmen.

This paper summarizes the efforts made to bring international content into EngE 1024 for the last 3 years. Global education related issues raised in national publications like The Engineer of 2020 by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) are discussed in EngE1024 lessons. Students are made aware of thought provoking questions raised in The Engineer of 2020: “Do U.S. engineers understand enough culturally, for example, to respond to the needs of the multiple niches in a global market?”, “Can we continue to expect everyone else to speak English?”xi Another follow up report of the NAE includes an article that states the following about the U.S. Engineer of 2020 and beyond: “It is expected that U.S. engineers will be based abroad, will have to travel (physically or virtually) around the world to meet customers, and will have to converse proficiently in more than one language. Flexibility and respect for ways to life different from ours will be critical to professional success.”xii In addition, quotes by national level academicians and CEOs highlighting importance of global education are shared with students. For example: Frank Rhodes, President Emeritus, Cornell University says: “The [New American University] will be international in its orientation and cosmopolitan in its character; study abroad will become a norm.”xiii

Jayaraman, P., & Lohani, V., & Bradley, G., & Griffin, O., & Dooley, J. (2008, June), Enhancement Of An Engineering Curriculum Through International Experiences Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3833

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