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Examining the Role of the University in Creating Jobs

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Engineering and Public Policy II

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Engineering and Public Policy

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25.600.1 - 25.600.21



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Mike Murphy Dublin Institute of Technology

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Mike Murphy is currently Dean of the College of Engineering & Built Environment at Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. He holds an honours diploma in electrical engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology, B.Sc. (Eng.) from Trinity College Dublin, and M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology in the United States. He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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Michael J. Dyrenfurth Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Michael J. Dyrenfurth is a professor of industrial technology in the College of Technology at Purdue University. He is a member of the ASEE, and he has served on the Board of the ETD and as Program Chair for the CIEC in New Orleans (2008). Previously, he completed a four-year term as Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in Purdue University’s College of Technology. He is Co-PI of two international EU-FIPSE-funded grants. His scholarship agenda focuses on technological innovation, technological literacy, workforce development, and international dimensions of these fields. Increasingly, he has turned his attention to the assessment of technological capability and understanding. He received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University and his master's and bachelor’s degrees at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Immediately before coming to Purdue, he served as graduate coordinator for the Industrial Education and Technology Department at Iowa State University. Previously, for 20 years, he was on the faculty of the University of Missouri’s Department of Practical Arts and Vocational Technical Education in various professorial, coordinator, and leadership roles. Internationally, he has worked in Germany, South Africa, Poland, the USSR, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Czech and Slovak Republics, Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Taiwan. His early experience involved teaching in Alberta and at universities in North Dakota and New Jersey.

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The Role of the University in Creating Jobs: Job creation as a function of engineering andtechnology programs.This paper begins by setting out the rationale for why today’s university must be involvedwith job creation. In this paper we focus on technical job creation and examine the rolesthat the university can play to generate sustainable private-sector jobs. We examineinternal university structures that facilitate this, including proposing mechanisms forsuccessful university-industry engagement and the role that government can play tostimulate private-sector job growth, including the link between research and job creation.This paper will present the results of a review and synthesis of research, from both sidesof the Atlantic, on the link between technology and jobs. How does technology createjobs? How do engineering and technology programs contribute to job creation, both byvirtue of their educational missions as well as by their work in generating intellectualproperty then moving it along the product realization and commercialization pipeline.How do engineering and technology departments and colleges interact with researchparks, technology parks and incubator settings. What is their role in providing small andmedium businesses technical assistance?The source documents for this research will be research journal publications, institutionalreports, and documents from international and national agencies such as the OECD andthe National Academy of Engineering. This paper should be of interest to universityadministrators seeking to refine or broaden third mission activities.

Murphy, M., & Dyrenfurth, M. J. (2012, June), Examining the Role of the University in Creating Jobs Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21357

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