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Facilitating Successful Global Research Among Engineering and Technology Scholars: The Case Study of Agricultural Supply Chain

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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International Division Technical Session 3

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26.753.1 - 26.753.11



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Shweta Chopra Iowa State University

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Dr. Shweta Chopra is currently an assistant professor in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department at Iowa State University. She has Ph.D. in Industrial Technology from Technology Leadership and Innovation Department at Purdue University, Masters of Material Science and Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and Bachelors in Polymer Engineering from Pune University. Her research areas are lean manufacturing for small and medium organization, healthcare; use of technology for food security and measuring student learning outcome with industry engagement.

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Prashant Rajan Iowa State University

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I employ a combination of structural equation modeling, social network analysis, and ethnographic research methods to study the design and implementation of technologies for social and economic development. Theoretical perspectives I draw most on include communities of practice, social construction of technology, actor-network theory, technology acceptance, social selection and influence.

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Chad M Laux Purdue University, West Lafayette

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International Division AbstractThree choices of session topics: 1. Global Research Opportunities in Engineering and Engineering-related fields 2. International Research Compliance- Guidelines and Rules of the Game 3. International Collaborations, Experiences, Partnerships, Service Learning Facilitating successful global research among engineering and technology scholars: The case study of agricultural supply chain With the increase in demand for the global research, scholars in engineering andtechnology discipline do not hesitate in taking up global opportunity for conducting research.Although scholars frequently lack the skill set to work in international environment andencounter lot of surprises during their field research which impact there productivity. Howeverprior information regarding climate, work and traditional culture, etc. will help scholars toacclimatize faster and produce effective results in new environment. Current research utilizescase study method for data collection and data analysis by drawing on experiences of the authorswhile conducting 18 months field research in Chhattisgarh, India. Where author one and twoworked with various government and private sectors investigating the role of technologyadoption and innovation in improving the efficiency of agricultural supply chain addressing theissue of global food security. This research highlights the potentials and challenges of conducting research in globalsetting. Additionally, authors has developed a model that can be adapted by engineering andtechnology scholars to conduct research effectively in global environment. Furthermore thispaper include different ways in which international collaborators can be efficiently involved inthe project (i) before reaching the field, (ii) during the field research and (iii) once the researcherhas left the field. This helps build sustainable relationships between engineering and technologyscholars and their international collaborators, which increases the proficient exchange ofinformation which is linked to positive outcome of the project. Lastly, this research enablesengineering and technology scholar to work with underserved community globally and addressthe challenges faced by these community in their day to day living.

Chopra, S., & Rajan, P., & Laux, C. M. (2015, June), Facilitating Successful Global Research Among Engineering and Technology Scholars: The Case Study of Agricultural Supply Chain Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24090

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