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Establishing Doctoral Programs in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Computing in an Emerging Research Institution: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Developing and Establishing Graduate Study Programs - Graduate Studies Division Technical Session 2

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Graduate Studies

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Diversity

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16

DOI

10.18260/1-2--28293

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Janet Callahan Boise State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-6665-1584

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Janet Callahan is Chair and Professor of the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. Dr. Callahan received her Ph.D. in Materials Science, M.S. in Metallurgy, and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Her educational research interests include retention, leadership, graduate education, faculty development, institutional change, mathematics learning, materials science and engineering and first-year programs.

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Cheryl B. Schrader Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Cheryl B. Schrader will transition to President of Wright State University in July, 2017. She became Chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology, formerly the University of Missouri - Rolla, in April, 2012. Prior to these positions she served as Associate Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives and as Dean of the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Dr. Schrader has an extensive record of publications and sponsored research in the systems, control and STEM education fields. She received the 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the White House; the 2008 Hewlett-Packard/Harriett B. Rigas Award from the IEEE Education Society; the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award from the ASEE Electrical and Computer Engineering Division; and was named an IEEE Fellow in 2014. Dr. Schrader earned her B.S. in electrical engineering from Valparaiso University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

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Darryl P. Butt University of Utah

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Timothy Andersen

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Tammi Vacha-Haase Boise State University

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Tammi Vacha-Haase currently serves as the Dean of the Graduate College at Boise State University. She received her Ph.D. in 1995 from Texas A&M University. Dr. Vacha-Haase has an extensive history of serving in leadership roles and positions focusing on graduate education and research. Throughout her career she has published on graduate training, with recent scholarship focusing on the relationship between graduate student behavior and professional training expectations.

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Amy J. Moll Boise State University

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Amy J. Moll is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Moll received her B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana in 1987. Her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are in Materials Science and Engineering from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and 1994. Following graduate school, Moll worked for Hewlett Packard (San Jose, Calif. and Colorado Springs, Colo.). She joined the faculty at Boise State as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in August of 2000. Along with Dr. Bill Knowlton, Moll founded the Materials Science and Engineering Program at BSU and served as the first chair. In February 2011, she became Dean of the College of Engineering. Her research interests include microelectronic packaging, ceramic MEMS devices, and engineering education.

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Abstract

Over the past decade, three doctoral programs have been launched at This Metropolitan State University. The first doctoral program established was in Electrical and Computer Engineering, selected because of the need for a trained workforce in the region. The other two doctoral programs, Materials Science and Engineering, and Computing, were from the start designed as interdisciplinary degree programs. That is, they were designed for the participation of not just program faculty within the division, but for the participation of program faculty with related research interests in other departments at the university. This paper presents the steps taken to launch the programs, lessons learned in initiating and administering the programs, best practices undertaken, and challenges faced by the emerging doctoral degree programs.

Callahan, J., & Schrader, C. B., & Butt, D. P., & Andersen, T., & Vacha-Haase, T., & Moll, A. J. (2017, June), Establishing Doctoral Programs in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Computing in an Emerging Research Institution: Lessons Learned and Best Practices Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28293

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