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Ensuring A Strong U.S. Engineering Workforce For Technology Innovation And Competitiveness: A Partnership Between Academia And Industry

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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

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Professional Graduate Education & Industry

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Graduate Studies

Page Count

27

Page Numbers

13.559.1 - 13.559.27

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https://peer.asee.org/3188

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Donald Keating University of South Carolina

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DONALD A. KEATING is professor emeritus, mechanical engineering, College of Engineering, University of South Carolina, past chair of the Graduate Studies Division, and chair of the National Collaborative Task Force

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Thomas Stanford University of South Carolina

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THOMAS G. STANFORD is assistant professor of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina

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Joseph Rencis

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JOSEPH J. RENCIS is professor, head, and the 21st century leadership chair in engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Arkansas

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Eugene DeLoatch Morgan State University

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EUGENE M. DeLOATCH is dean, School of Engineering, Morgan State University, and a past president of the American Society of Engineering Education

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Mohammad Noori North Carolina State University

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MOHAMAD NOORI is dean, College of Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, and secretary/treasurer Graduate Studies Division

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Edward Sullivan California Polytechnic State University

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EDWARD SULLIVAN is associate dean and professor of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, California State Polytechnic University

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David Woodall Oregon Institute of Technology

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DAVID WOODALL is provost, Oregon Institute of Technology, past chair Engineering Research Council

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Norman Egbert Rolls-Royce Corporation

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NORMAN F. EGBERT is vice president, Engineering and Technology, Rolls-Royce Corporation

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David Quick Rolls-Royce Corporation

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DAVID H. QUICK is manager, R&D customer requirements, R&T Strategy, Liberty Works, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, and past chair Corporate Members Council, and past chair of the College Industry Partnership Division of the American Society for Engineering Education

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Albert McHenry

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ALBERT L. Mc HENRY is provost and vice president, Arizona State University Polytechnic, and former vice president of public affairs of the American Society for Engineering Education

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Roger Olson Rolls-Royce Corporation

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ROGER N. OLSON is lead stress analysis engineer, Rolls-Royce Corporation, and a director of the College Industry Partnership Division of the American Society for Engineering Education

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Samuel Truesdale Rolls-Royce Corporation

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SAMUEL L. TRUESDALE is manager of employee development, engineering business improvement organization, Rolls-Royce Corporation, and chair, College Industry Partnership Division of the American Society for Engineering Education

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Timothy Lindquist Arizona State University

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TIMOTHY LINDQUIST is interim dean, College of Technology and Innovation, Arizona State University Polytechnic

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Harvey Palmer Rochester Institute of Technology

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HARVEY PALMER is dean, Kate Gleason College of Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

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Joseph Tidwell Arizona State University Polytechnic

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JOSEPH P. TIDWELL is director, of the joint alliance of companies managing education for technology JACMET, and community liaison, College of Technology and Innovation, Arizona State University Polytechnic, and past chair College Industry Partnership Division of the American Society for Engineering Education

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Mark Smith Rochester Institute of Technology

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MARK SMITH is director, product development & manufacturing leadership program, of the Kate Gleason college of engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

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Duane Dunlap Purdue University

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DUANE D. DUNLAP is professor and associate dean, College of Technology, Purdue University, and chair of the Graduate Studies Division of the American Society for Engineering Education

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Mark Schuver Purdue University

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MARK SCHUVER is director of professional education, College of Technology, Purdue University

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Edmund Segner University of Alabama at Birmingham

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EDMUND SEGNER is chair emeritus of civil engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham and representative to the National Collaborative from the education committee of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

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Stephen Tricamo New Jersey Institute of Technology

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STEPHEN J. TRICAMO is professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and former dean, College of Engineering and Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Barry Farbrother University of New Haven

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BARRY FARBROTHER is dean, Tagliatela College of Engineering, University of New Haven

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Ken Burbank Western Carolina University

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KEN BURBANK is professor and Department Head, Department of Engineering and Technology, Western Carolina University

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Carla Purdy University of Cincinnati

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CARLA PURDY is associate professor, University of Cincinnati, and program chair, Graduate Studies Division, American Society of Engineering Education

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Randall Holmes Caterpillar Inc.

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RANDALL J. HOLMES is Workforce Development Manager, DPP Human Resources, Caterpillar Inc.

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Ensuring a Strong U.S. Engineering Workforce for Technology Innovation and Competitiveness: A Partnership between Academia and Industry

Engineering is a creative profession, concerned with the combining of human, material, and economic resources to meet the needs of society … for the advancement and betterment of human welfare. National Collaborative Task Force on Engineering Graduate Education Reform ─ 2008

1. Introduction

This is the first of four invited papers prepared for the special session of the National Collaborative Task Force on Engineering Graduate Education Reform. This paper presents an overview of the National Collaborative initiative, its purpose, and the unique partnership that is occurring between academia and industry in advancing professional graduate engineering education for engineering practice in order to strengthen the innovative capacity of the U.S. Engineering Workforce in industry for world-class competitiveness and national security purposes.

2. Strengthening U.S. Engineering Education for Competitiveness

Today, as never before, America’s future technological competitiveness will depend largely on our ability to innovate and to revitalize the core capacity for continuous innovation within the U.S. Engineering Workforce in America’s industry. 1 Innovation ... as the Council on Competitiveness points out ... “will be the single most important factor in determining America’s success through the 21st century.”2

To compete … America must innovate.

Consequently, as the National Academies’ report, Rising above the Gathering Storm, recommends, we must “ensure that the United States is the premier place in the world to innovate.” 3

2.1 Statement of the Problem

But a disturbing reality is now apparent that must be corrected. Over the last several decades, 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, the nation has invested wisely, because of 1945 U.S. science policy in fostering world preeminence of research-oriented graduate education for the U.S. Scientific Workforce for basic research and ‘discovery’ at the universities, and must continue to do so.4 But it has not made a parallel investment and balanced educational emphasis during this same time period in fostering professionally-oriented graduate education, beyond entry level engineering, that supports the further development of the U.S. Engineering Workforce in industry ─ which is the nation’s primary engineering resource and creative wellspring for the generation, development and innovation of U.S. technology for competitiveness.

2.1 What is the Problem that We Want to Fix ?

Although the United States has led the world in basic research and research-based graduate education for the nation’s scientific workforce at the universities for ‘discovery’, inquiry and scientific investigation, the National Collaborative Task Force concludes that research-based graduate education does not meet the full spectrum of professional educational needs of the engineer and engineering leader in industry nor does it reflect the modern practice of engineering and the engineering method for

Keating, D., & Stanford, T., & Rencis, J., & DeLoatch, E., & Noori, M., & Sullivan, E., & Woodall, D., & Egbert, N., & Quick, D., & McHenry, A., & Olson, R., & Truesdale, S., & Lindquist, T., & Palmer, H., & Tidwell, J., & Smith, M., & Dunlap, D., & Schuver, M., & Segner, E., & Tricamo, S., & Farbrother, B., & Burbank, K., & Purdy, C., & Holmes, R. (2008, June), Ensuring A Strong U.S. Engineering Workforce For Technology Innovation And Competitiveness: A Partnership Between Academia And Industry Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3188

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