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Florida Engineering Technology Forum: A Vehicle For Change

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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13.615.1 - 13.615.8



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Marilyn Barger University of South Florida

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MARILYN BARGER is the Principle Investigator and Executive Director of FLATE, the Florida Regional Center for Manufacturing Education funded by NSF and housed at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa Florida. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry at Agnes Scott College, and both a B.S. in Engineering Science and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Environmental) from the University of South Florida, where her research focused on membrane separations. She has over 20 years of experience in developing curriculum for engineering and engineering technology for elementary, middle, high school and post secondary institutions. She is a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida.

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Richard Gilbert USF

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RICHARD GILBERT is a professor of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering at
the University of South Florida. He is a co-pi on the FL-ATE Center Grant. He has developed
educational materials for ISA (Instrument Society of America), AVS (American Vacuum
Society) Science Educator’s Workshop, and the National Science Foundation through a grant to
develop high school science and math curriculum content. He is currently working with D. L.
Jamerson Elementary School to develop curriculum content for its Center for Math and

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Eric Roe Hillsborough Community College

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ERIC A. ROE is the Director of FLATE, an NSF Regional Center of Excellence in Manufacturing Education. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Florida (USF). During his time at USF, he has researched fluidized bed drying, been a consultant to the Citrus Industry, worked on Florida Department of Citrus research projects, and the High School Technology Initiative - funded by NSF. Prior to USF, he was employed as a technologist in Research and Development at Tropicana Products, Inc. with process and product development responsibilities. His research interests are food engineering, fluidized bed drying, and the integration of engineering and education.

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Bradley Jenkins Saint Petersburg College

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BRADLEY JENKINS, is the Director of the Engineering Technology program at St. Petersburg
College. He has developed engineering technology related curriculum and course content for the
last twenty years and is the director of the Engineering Technology Forum for the State of
Florida. He holds a B.S. Degree in Engineering Technology from the College of Engineering at
the University of South Florida (USF) and the M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, also from
USF. He is the state of Florida course numbering coordinator for the enginering technology
curriculum. He is a Co-Principal Investigator for the NSF-ATE regional center for manufacturing
education in Florida, FLATE.

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The Florida Engineering Technology Forum: A Vehicle for Change


The Florida Engineering Technology Forum (ET Forum) is becoming an important vehicle to bring together the diverse and geographically dispersed colleges with common issues and challenges. FLATE, the NSF-Advanced Technological Education Program funded Florida Regional Center for Manufacturing Education, utilizes the Forum to strengthen FLATE’s Technology Consortium –focused academic programs and mobilize community colleges interested in Advanced Manufacturing and related high tech industries cooperating to realign Florida’s Department of Education frameworks for the creation of a new and industry-relevant associate of science degree in Engineering Technology with multiple, viable and accessible upward and downward articulation pathways.

This poster presents the structure and operating characteristics of the Florida Engineering Technology Forum as a model organization for other disciplines and career clusters in Florida as well as technical disciplines in other states. This exportable model brings the community colleges and their university counterparts together with representatives from the Florida Department of Education Workforce Education Division to discuss common issues, best practices, institutional and programmatic news, and to seek solutions that better unify the programs serving students, industry, and academic institutions.

Barger, M., & Gilbert, R., & Roe, E., & Jenkins, B. (2008, June), Florida Engineering Technology Forum: A Vehicle For Change Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--4005

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