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Establishing Global Programs Across a College of Engineering and Technology: A Dean's Perspective

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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International Division Technical Session 8

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Alan R. Parkinson Brigham Young University

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Alan Parkinson was appointed dean of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology in 2005. Previously he served as chair of Mechanical Engineering from 1995 to 2001.

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Spencer P. Magleby Brigham Young University

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Dr. Magleby is a professor in Mechanical Engineering and is the associate dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at BYU where he oversees international program development.

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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 agility 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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For the past ten years the college leadership in the College of Engineering and Technology at XXX University has placed an emphasis on developing global programs. We started with almost nothing in place. Through steady effort on the part of dedicated faculty, staff, and donors, we have gradually implemented a suite of programs around the world that now involves about 150 students per year. In this paper we look back and discuss the road we have traveled and what we have learned. We discuss some of the assumptions made ten years ago and how well those assumptions hold up today. We conclude with some observations about the relevance of global education for engineers and what needs to be done as we move forward.

Parkinson, A. R., & Magleby, S. P., & Warnick, G. M. (2016, June), Establishing Global Programs Across a College of Engineering and Technology: A Dean's Perspective Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26738

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