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Establishing an Immersive Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning and Design Collaboration for Engineering Students and Faculty

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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International Division Technical Session 7

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24.536.1 - 24.536.9



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Gregg Morris Warnick Brigham Young University

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Gregg M. Warnick is the Director of the Weidman Center for Global Leadership and Associate Teaching Professor of Engineering Leadership within the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University (BYU). The center provides oversight for leadership development and international activities within the college and he works actively with students, faculty and staff to promote and develop increased capabilities in global competence and leadership. His research and teaching interests include developing global agility, globalization, leadership, project management, ethics, and manufacturing processes. Gregg has lived in numerous locations within the USA and Europe and has worked in many places including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prior to joining BYU, Gregg worked for Becton Dickinson, a Global Medical Technology fortune 500 Company. In this capacity he worked as a product development engineer, quality engineer, technical lead, business leader and program/project manager managing many different global projects. Gregg received his PhD in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Master of Technology Management degree and a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, from Brigham Young University. Gregg also does consulting in project management and leadership working with IPS Learning and Stanford University where he provides training for fortune 500 companies throughout the world.

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Matt Parkinson Pennsylvania State University, University Park


Yoke-San Wong National University of Singapore

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YS Wong is Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department. His major research interests are in product design and manufacturing process characterization, modeling, and automation, with publication of a book, several book chapters and patents, and more than a hundred international refereed journals. In the aforementioned areas, he has research projects with grant support as principal investigator and collaborator from various funding agencies and industry. Among research students whom he supervised, one received two IMechE 2001 Awards for her undergraduate project, and another two received the IMechE Andrew Fraser (Runner-up) Prize for their postgraduate research. YS Wong has played a major or leading role in several collaborative research and teaching programmes: the Summer Design Program, the joint EE-ME Mechatronics (M.Sc.) course, the Architecture-Business-Engineering Industrial Design (B.A.) course, the Laboratory for Concurrent Engineering and Logistics, the NUS-GT (Georgia Tech) Logistics Institute, and the NUS-TUe (Eindhoven) Design Technology Institute.

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Brian D. Jensen Brigham Young University


Spencer P. Magleby Brigham Young University

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Spencer Magleby is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean in the Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University. He came to BYU in 1989 after working in the aircraft industry developing tools for advanced aircraft design and manufacture. Dr. Magleby received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin where his research centered on design. He has pursued research in design tools and processes, team management, and new mechanism technologies. He teaches design at the graduate and undergraduate level, and is interested in educational partnerships with industry and international issues in design. As associate dean of undergraduate studies he has promoted and supported the structuring and expansion of leadership development and international programs. He is an active member of ASME and ASEE.

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Gregory M. Roach Brigham Young University, Idaho

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Development of Global Agility in Engineers through Immersive Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning and Global Design CollaborationAbstractEngineering graduates must not only develop technical skills for success within their career butthey must also develop global agility to interact effectively in today’s ever increasing inter-connected world. To better prepare global engineering graduates and beginning in 2008, a groupof universities throughout different parts of the world partnered together in developing a specialsummer design program to provide student participants a culturally immersive internationalproduct development and design experience. Students from universities within the USA travel tothe National University of XYZ for an intensive two week design interaction in late May andEarly June. Professors from participating universities which include the National University ofXYZ, ABC University, EFG University, and others co-teach the program.Students attend interactive classroom sessions, visit companies within XYZ to learn aboutproduct development and design, and work on a collaborative group project that includes a finalpresentation and a proof-of-concept prototype. Teams typically are comprised of representationfrom each participating university where students experience diversity of thought bothtechnically and culturally that enriches the development of design concepts and the learningexperience. In addition, students and faculty experience the cultural diversity of the host locationwhile learning also from each other.This collaboration has led to additional opportunities for students and faculty to collaborateincluding senior capstone design partnerships, research collaboration, and faculty exchange. Thispaper provides insights into collaborative international team-based student design experiencesand faculty interaction among multiple universities including the flexibility and adaptation of thisapproach in other curricular areas or different host locations.

Warnick, G. M., & Parkinson, M., & Wong, Y., & Jensen, B. D., & Magleby, S. P., & Roach, G. M. (2014, June), Establishing an Immersive Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning and Design Collaboration for Engineering Students and Faculty Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20427

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