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From Conception to Accreditation: The Path of an Engineering Technology Program

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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ETAC/ABET Related Issues

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Engineering Technology

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26.801.1 - 26.801.21



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Jorge Crichigno Northern New Mexico College

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Jorge Crichigno received the BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of Asuncion, Paraguay, in 2004, the MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, in 2008 and 2009 respectively. In 2007, he was visiting the Wireless Sensor Network Lab in the School of Electronic, Information and Electrical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research interests include wireless and optical networks, graph theory, mathematical optimization, network security and undergraduate STEM education. He has served as reviewer and TPC member of IEEE journals and conferences and as panelist for NSF SBIR/STTR and STEM undergraduate education initiatives.

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Ivan Lopez Hurtado Northern New Mexico University

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IVAN LOPEZ HURTADO received his B.S. degree in Industrial Physics Engineering from Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 1995. M.S. degree in Automation from Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 1998 and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA in 2008. He is currently the Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at Northern New Mexico University.

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Raul R Peralta Northern New Mexico College

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Raul Peralta-Meza received a B.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering from San Agustin National University of Arequipa --Peru, in 1993. In 2000, he obtained a M.Sc. Degree in Computer Science from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and he earned a M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from The University of New Mexico in 2007. Since March 2012, he has been working as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Engineering at Northern New Mexico College, Espanola, New Mexico.

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Alfredo J. Perez Ph.D. Columbus State University

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Alfredo J. Perez received his M.S. degree in Computer Science and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of South Florida, in 2009 and 2011 respectively. In 2015, Dr. Perez joined the TSYS School of Computer Science at Columbus State University (Columbus, GA). From 2011 to 2014 he was a faculty member at Northern New Mexico College, Espanola (NM) where he participated in the ABET accreditation team for the Bachelor of Information Engineering Technology. Prior to coming to USA to pursue graduate studies, he obtained a B.S. degree in Systems Engineering from Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla Colombia (2006). His research interests are in the areas of Mobile Computing/Sensing, Data mining, Distributed Systems and STEM education. He has coauthored several journal and conference papers as well as the book ”Location Aware Information systems - Developing Real-time Tracking Systems”, published by CRC Press.

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From Conception to Accreditation: The Path of an Engineering Technology Program AbstractThe Information Engineering Technology (IET) program at XXX College was created in 2009.From its conception, a main goal of the institution was the attainment of ABET accreditation. Tothat end, the Department of Engineering followed several initiatives that included: 1) facultyrecruitment and training on ABET assessment; 2) the incorporation of an external advisory boardto tailor the IEEE/ACM guidelines for IET programs to the local needs; 3) partnership with theindustry (Google, Cisco, local labs and businesses); 4) support from local and federal agencies;and 5) the development of a curriculum that follows the principles of the Wright State Model,that is suitable for a rural, underserved, high-poverty area, where more than 70% of freshmanstudents require remedial education. In October of 2014, the IET was accredited by ETACCommission of ABET, with the next comprehensive review being scheduled by 2019. This paperdescribes the five initiatives listed above, which permitted XXX College to be the first to offeran ABET accredited program in the northern part of the state of XXX. With a 3.5 FTE facultymembers, the paper also includes best practices to optimize human capital (faculty) to complywith ABET criteria. Finally, the impact of the program in recent graduates, in terms of job offersand their salaries are presented.

Crichigno, J., & Lopez Hurtado, I., & Peralta, R. R., & Perez, A. J. (2015, June), From Conception to Accreditation: The Path of an Engineering Technology Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24138

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