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Facility Management In Information Technology And Its Impacts On Engineering And Technology Education

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Issues and Direction in ET Education and Administration: Part I

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Engineering Technology

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14.621.1 - 14.621.8



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Joseph Tabas Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

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William Lin Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Facility Management in Information Technology and Its Impacts on Engineering and Technology Education


As information technology (IT) rapidly changes, the role that IT plays in the academic arena has also evolved drastically. From a typical scientific calculator to a PDA to an Ultra light PC to an “Integrated-all device”, the impact of this evolution has changed the landscape of the educational environment to an unprecedented level. This rapid change has driven educational institutions to consistently adapt these new trends and renew their services to their communities.

In this project, the IT infrastructures, policies, facility requirements, and management strategies of some renowned engineering and technology schools and colleges throughout the U.S. were studied. Through the numerous related parameters in IT, few key parameters were selected as identifiers that were used to collect the sample data. Examples of these parameters are bandwidth allocation, student laptop programs, software ownership, software deployment, OS platforms, and correlation were carried out in relation to engineering and technology education. This paper presents all the findings in this study together with some impacts of this evolution on engineering technology education.


Information technology (IT) is a driving force in engineering and technology education. Incorporating technology while overcoming its challenges and avoiding its pitfalls is a difficult but necessary task for engineering and technology schools and facilities managers. Understanding where and how to allocate resources, generate polices, and establish and control IT parameters are difficult responsibilities. These can include requiring students to own laptops or providing them, controlling device requirements and usage on campus, and regulating software deployment in addition to obtaining and complying with the correct licensing agreement. The goal of this paper is to enlighten members of the engineering and technology fields as to the current technology trends in engineering and technology education, in addition to outlining how some schools are adapting the current information technologies. The research used for this paper consists of several documented articles, information compiled from several prominent universities IT programs, and an indiscriminate survey of one hundred engineering and technology schools.


Tabas, J., & Lin, W. (2009, June), Facility Management In Information Technology And Its Impacts On Engineering And Technology Education Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5491

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