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Five-year B.S./M.S. in Engineering: The Time has Come

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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

Methods, Techniques, and New Programs in Graduate Education

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Graduate Studies

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25.639.1 - 25.639.13



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Michael G. Jenkins P.E. California State University, Fresno

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Michael G. Jenkins is a professor in mechanical engineering and Former Dean of Engineering at California State University, Fresno. He is an advocate of the active learning and teaching philosophy per ABET EC2000. Jenkins is a registered professional engineer in Washington and is actively involved through leadership roles in national/international committees such as ASTM, ASME and ISO. He is also an experienced ABET Program Evaluator (PEV) for general engineering and mechanical engineering. Jenkins received his B.S.M.E. from Marquette University, his M.S.M.E. from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He worked at PACCAR Technical Center as an R&D engineer and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a development staff member. He was also faculty and associate chair at University of Washington, Seattle, and professor and chair at University of Detroit Mercy before starting his position as faculty and dean at CSU, Fresno. His research and teaching interests include characterization of advanced materials (e.g., ceramics), experimental mechanics, data base development, cumulative damage mechanics, and probabilistic design and reliability.

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Walter V. Loscutoff California State University, Fresno

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Walter V. Loscutoff is a professor and Former Chair of Mechanical Engineering as well as Former Associate Dean of Engineering at California State University, Fresno. Loscutoff received his B.S.M.E., M.S.A.E., and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkley. He worked at Flow Industries, Inc., as Executive Vice President & COO of Flow Research, Inc..; Vice President & General Manager of FlowDril Corporation; Manager of Research & Technology Division, at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory through Battelle Memorial Institute; Associate; and Project Manager; Program Manager, Section Manager and Rocketdyne: Research Engineer. He was also Assistant Professor at University of California, Davis, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Washington State University before starting his position as faculty at CSU, Fresno. His research and teaching interests include advanced materials, alternate energy, systems analysis, and project management.

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Thomas Nguyen

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Five-Year BS/MS in Engineering – The Time Has ComeThe time has come to implement five-year BS/MS programs as the norm for the first professionaldegrees of entry-level engineers. The impetus for this change stem from the following: i) callsfrom such professional organizations as NCEES to change licensure requirements to include both amandatory baccalaureate degree and up to thirty semester units of post- baccalaureate education andii) pressure to reduce minimum semester unit requirements for baccalaureate degrees to 120. Five-year BS/MS degrees in engineering disciplines provide the opportunities to satisfy the demands for120-semester unit BS degrees while meeting the needs of the profession (and licensure) with 30semester-unit MS degrees. While 120-unit BS degree programs provide engineeringfundamentals, the 30-unit MS degree programs provide discipline-specific focus. So called“accelerated” (a.k.a., 5-year masters, 4+1, etc.) masters programs allow seniors to take graduate-level courses that apply toward their Master’s degree while still classified as undergraduates.Economies of scale provide opportunities for concurrent offerings of upper division technicalelective and graduate courses to fulfill the needs of both groups for students. The needs of theprofession demand graduate degrees of engineering practitioners at some point in their careers andfive-year BS/MS programs address this need at the entry level.

Jenkins, M. G., & Loscutoff, W. V., & Nguyen, T. (2012, June), Five-year B.S./M.S. in Engineering: The Time has Come Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21396

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