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June 26, 2011
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EVOLUTION AND ASSESSMENT OF AN INDUSTRY/ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP TO ENABLE MULTIDISCIPLINARY, PROJECT- BASED LEARNINGThe XXXXX program is a multidisciplinary industry and academic partnership at our universitythat provides the forum and mechanism to enhance biomedical research and design throughcollaborative partnerships. This program serves to improve health and quality of life whileeducating the next generation of industry-ready engineers. As part of this program industrysponsors populate a database with projects that provide students with an opportunity to work onreal world problems in a University setting. Students involved in the program hail from variousdisciplines across the College of Engineering, such as biomedical, general, mechanical,electrical, industrial and manufacturing, computer engineering, and computer science andsoftware engineering. The consortium currently consists of three industry partners and ouruniversity, and they have provided over 20 projects per year.Previous work reported the initial formation of the program. This paper will discuss theevolution of the program and organizational structure and will include current assessment of theprogram based on student, faculty, and industry feedback and evaluation.This program has helped to further industry university relationships and has been extremelysuccessful from both the university and company viewpoints. Students have gained valuableexperience working with industry and participating as part of a multidisciplinary team. Some ofthese projects have evolved into co-ops or full time employment. This has served as an effectiverecruiting tool for the companies by providing them with the opportunity to interact with studentsprior to graduation to discover future employees. In addition, students work on projects thecompanies are unable to devote time to, provide an additional resource for company engineeringprojects, and contribute to creative and innovative project solutions.
Laiho, L. H., & Cardinal, K. O. (2011, June), Evolution and Assessment of an Industry/Academic Partnership to Enable Multidisciplinary, Project-Based Learning Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17937
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