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Best Universal Practices in Creating and Fostering Industry & Academic PartnershipsInternational Collaborations, Experiences, Partnerships, Service LearningPreparing engineering students for international practiceExperimental Vehicles Program Creates Lasting Partnerships with the National and International Industries The Experimental Vehicles Program (EVP) was created in 2004 as an umbrella programfor five different undergraduate experimental vehicle design teams. These projects consist of theSolar Vehicle, Moonbuggy, Baja SAE, Formula SAE, and Solar Boat. The goal of the EVP is tofoster undergraduate student development through construction of experimental vehicles with theguidance of faculty mentors and partnerships with both national and international industryleaders. Students work in peer-led teams to annually design, construct, and test novel vehicledesigns for participation in national and international competitions. Due to the competitivenature of each of the events, students must use cutting edge technology and design methods inorder to field the very best entries possible. Often times this means creating partnerships withindustry leaders who help to mentor the students from the design conception, to the fabrication,through the manufacturing of each vehicle. These partnerships benefit both the students and thecompanies; students are able to create real-world contacts and gain a working knowledge of theindustry that they cannot learn in the classroom. Furthermore, the students are able to use thecontacts to garner equipment such as solar panels and wheels. Likewise, the companies are ableto receive recognition at national and international competition as program sponsors areadvertised on the competition vehicles. Moreover the industries are able to build relationshipswith future employees who have real-world experience and who have become intimatelyinvolved with specialized technology such as “green energy”. Each EVP project performs a vital function in the professional development of students.The projects provide a forgiving environment in which students can test their classroomknowledge in a real-world setting and learn important skills such as leadership, effectivecommunication, and working as an effective team member. Furthermore, the students in the EVPdevelop highly versatile and qualified skill sets that will allow them to fill various positionswithin the workplace upon graduation. In the past 90% of EVP graduates have been able toobtain highly regarded national and international positions upon graduation due to their real-world working experience gained throughout their involvement in the EVP.
Foroudastan, S. D., & Thompson, C. (2013, June), Experimental Vehicles Program Creates Lasting Partnerships with the National and International Industries Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19588
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