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Freshmen Engineering Course in an Oil & Gas University

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Program and Curriculum Design Initiatives

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24.628.1 - 24.628.10



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Jaby Mohammed The Petroleum Institute Orcid 16x16

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Jaby Mohammed is a faculty at The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville (2006), masters in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville (2003) and also a master’s in business administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University (2001). His research interests include advanced manufacturing, design methodologies, six sigma, lean manufacturing, and engineering education. He previously taught at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, IN and at Morehead State University, KY. He is a member of IIE, SME, ASQ, ASEE, and Informs.

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Industry engagement in a freshmen-engineering courseIndustry engagements in engineering programs are becoming more common compared tothe past. The freshmen success seminar course at The Petroleum Institute introduces thestudents to the oil and gas industry and in general and Abu Dhabi National Oil Companyand its group companies in particular. Getting oil out of the reserves is not an easy task;a lot of manufacturing industries plays a vital role in setting up the infrastructure to createa well. In this course students are exposed to different manufacturing companies that areinvolved in the oil and gas industry.The first year program showcases the potential to engage students in a real lifeapplication of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) coalitionmodels that they learn in the classroom, to introduce engineering to students and thevarious majors (Mechanical engineering, Petroleum engineering, Electrical engineering,Chemical engineering, and Petroleum Geosciences) that is offered at The PetroleumInstitute.The industry engagement also serves as the medium to reinforce models of learning,which will be useful for students when they decide on the career choice and professionalworkforce. Also in this paper authors would show how they are able to incorporate othernecessary skills that are required while they work in the oil and gas industry. The studentsuse classroom knowledge and hands on experience to get to solutions, which may bedifficult to show in a classroom setting for a technical subject.The paper will also address how the freshmen year students would relate the differentmajors to the manufacturing sectors related to the oil and gas industry. • Ability to design system, and process to meet the desired needs with realistic constraints such economic, environmental, social, health and safety, and sustainability • Manufacturing industry engagement with the oil and gas industry • Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams • Knowledge of the current issues • Understanding professional and ethical responsibilityThe Engineering Success Seminar (first year experience) is a semester long, four creditcourses that is offered at The Petroleum Institute where the students would learn methodsto be more productive with the industry engagement and hand-on project activity.Keywords: Manufacturing industry engagement, first year experience  

Mohammed, J. (2014, June), Freshmen Engineering Course in an Oil & Gas University Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20519

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