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Expanding Horizons Through Hosting International Conferences

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education

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9.588.1 - 9.588.8



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Michael Sanders

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Charles W. White

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Sanju Patro

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Expanding Engineering Education Horizons through Hosting International Conferences Sanju Patro, Ph.D.; Charles W. White, Ph.D.; Michael Sanders, Ph.D. Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering & Business Department Kettering University 1700 W. Third Avenue Flint, MI 48504 (810) 762-7950; (810) 762-7956; (810) 762-7947;;


Globalization in some form or the other is becoming more of a reality for most organizations. Universities, as the educator of the next generation of workforce attempt to keep pace with the issue by modifying their curriculum to include courses on globalization, global supply-chain management, cultural education, etc. Kettering University’s Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering; and Business department recently hosted an international conference that brought together educators, students, and company executives from various countries to a common platform. By leveraging the WebEx communication technology, the conference provided an arena for individuals and organizations from various parts of the world to interactively participate in the conference in real-time. Undergraduate and graduate students got the opportunity to become involved in organizing the conference, in writing and presenting technical papers to an international audience, and to network with peers around the globe. The conference outcomes listed below only hint at the potential gains an Engineering program may have by becoming involved in similar activities. • Real-time course problem/solution presentations to a global audience • Continuous exchange of students’ innovative projects and ideas • New opportunities to collaborate with businesses • Students’ early introduction to the latest technologies

This paper outlines the general guidelines for successfully hosting an internationa l conference and provides tips on building collaborative relationships with universities and industries around the world.


Globalization is fast becoming a norm in most industries and higher educational institutions are taking the necessary steps to ensure that their graduating engineers are well prepared to function as global leaders who are educated in the areas of the latest technological advancements for business improvement. Like any forward thinking

Sanders, M., & White, C. W., & Patro, S. (2004, June), Expanding Horizons Through Hosting International Conferences Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13523

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