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Establishing an American Global Campus in SUNY Korea: Challenges and Excitement in Preparing Global Engineers

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2013 ASEE International Forum


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 22, 2013

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June 22, 2013

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June 22, 2013

Conference Session

Track 2 - Session II - Curriculum Development

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Curriculum Development

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21.23.1 - 21.23.11



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Imin Kao Stony Brook University (SUNY)

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Dr. Imin Kao is the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS), and a Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University (SUNY). He is also the founding Faculty Director of the Information and Technology Studies Undergraduate College (ITS College)–one of the six thematic Undergraduate Colleges at Stony Brook University, established to transform the university life and learning experience for the undergraduate students at Stony Brook. Since becoming the Associate Dean of CEAS, he has been leading and/or participating in various curriculum initiatives such as SUNY Korea, the new Civil Engineering, 5-year BE/MS, and Mechatronics programs. He is also responsible for College-wide ABET assessment and accreditation. Professor Kao has received Student Service Award and Center for Prevention and Outreach Partnership Award. He is co-author of a book chapter “Pedagogical Use of Video Podcast in Higher Education: Teaching, Learning and Assessment”, In Ubiquitous Learning: A Survey of Applications, Research, and Trends, edited by Terry Kidd & Irene Chen, Published by Information Age Publishing.

Being the Director of the Manufacturing and Automation Laboratory (MAL) at Stony Brook, he conducts research in the areas of Microsystems and MEMS, intelligent fault detection and diagnosis, robotics, intelligent contact interface, stiffness control, wafer manufacturing, and wafer slicing using wiresaw. Prof. Kao served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction of Robotics and Automation as well as the International.

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Yacov A. Shamash Stony Brook University

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Dr. Shamash is Vice President for Economic Development and the Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University. As Vice President, Dr. Shamash supervises the University’s three incubators, two New York State Centers for Advanced Technology, the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), the Small Business Development Center, and the workforce development programs of the Center for Emerging Technologies. The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has more than 2,000 undergraduate and 1,300 graduate students. During his tenure, College research expenditures have increased six fold to $30M per year. In 1994 he helped establish the highly successful state-wide SPIR program (Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence). During the past ten years, working through the SPIR program, the College has partnered with more than 395 companies to assist them with more than 2,127 projects. Dr. Shamash is responsible for starting several program, including degree programs in SUNY Korea.

Prior to joining SUNY Stony Brook in 1992, Dr. Shamash served as the Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University when he established the National Science Foundation Industry/University Center for the Design of Analog/Digital Integrated Circuits.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Keytronic Corp., American Medical Alert Corp., and Applied DNA, Inc. He is also a member of the Long Island Software & Technology Network (LISTnet) and the Long Island Angel Network.

Dr. Shamash has also held faculty positions at Florida Atlantic University, the University of Pennsylvania and Tel Aviv University. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England. He has authored more than 130 publications and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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ChoonHo Kim SUNY Korea

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ㆍPh.D. in Chemical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A
ㆍBachelor in Chemical Engineering, Sogang University, Seoul, Korea

2010.02 - Present President of SUNY Korea
2010.04 – Present President, Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology Korea (CEWIT Korea)
2007.05–2010.03 Executive Vice President for Public & International Affairs, Konkuk University
1998.06–2007.04 President, Korea Electronic Technology Institute (KETI)
2004.11 - Member, Global Directory of Who's Who

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Establishing an American Global Campus in SUNY Korea Challenges and Excitement in Preparing Global EngineersGlobal outreach and collaboration of education and research in a globalized world will play asignificant role in the 21st century to prepare global engineers. In a global campus, students andfaculty are thrust into a cross-cultural environment that challenges intellectually the modes ofbeing and the ways of learning. A global engineer often has to face such cross-cultural tensionwhen interacting with people under the context of globalization. Stony Brook University (SBU)in New York has established a global campus, called SUNY Korea, in Songdo, Republic ofKorea, which serves as a venue for the preparation of global engineers. With a diverse studentbody and faculty, SUNY Korea reflects the spirit of globalization in offering an education thatrequires students to learn not only the skills of engineering and technology on the SUNY Koreacampus, but also the American hallmarks of liberal arts education on the home campus in NewYork by choosing from among a rich variety of courses taught by nearly a thousand facultycombined. This is accomplished by requiring SUNY Korea students to take residency for at leasttwo semesters on the home campus at SBU.Many models of global collaboration exist in forging coalition and collaboration for suchinternational venture. Stony Brook University (SBU) was invited by the Korean government toestablish a global campus in the new Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) in 2008 to deliverboth undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The dream of a global campus was finallyrealized when SUNY Korea opens its door to an inaugural class of graduate students in Mach2012, and undergraduate students in March 2013—all with the approval of the Ministry ofEducation, Science and Technology (MEST) of the Korean government that has invested wellover 350 millions USD to build the SUNY Korea campus and Songdo Global UniversityCampus (SGUC) central facilities. SUNY Korea is the very first American university, and globaluniversity, in South Korea which offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Like the global engineers that SUNY Korea seeks to educate in an American global campus withcross-cultural exposure and innovative approaches to challenges, SUNY Korea has been builtthrough a journey filled with many cross-cultural conflicts, challenges, excitement, and setback.With a trail-blazing effort in an academia-government-industry collaboration—a commonconcept, except being manifested at a much elevated and globalized level, SUNY Korea isestablished to give students unique perspectives of globalization to deliver an Americaneducation intermingled with Korean economic vibrancy which aspires to global co-prosperity,global entrepreneurship, and imaginative business development in the graduates of this firstAmerican university in Korea. SUNY Korea has received government research and educationgrants in its first year, and forged partnership with global companies which provide internshipand employment opportunities to foster the education and intellectual growth of a newgeneration of global engineers.With the ongoing development and evolution of education landscape worldwide, we considerSUNY Korea as a lab in which experiments of education are conducted with accumulatedexperience to continuously improve the outcomes of preparing global engineers. In thispresentation, we will share our experience of this continuing journey, including a plethora ofchallenges we have faced and excitement which exhilarates us.

Kao, I., & Shamash, Y. A., & Kim, C. (2013, June), Establishing an American Global Campus in SUNY Korea: Challenges and Excitement in Preparing Global Engineers Paper presented at 2013 ASEE International Forum, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--17228

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