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Global Characterizations of Learning Styles among Students and Professionals

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2013 ASEE International Forum


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 22, 2013

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June 22, 2013

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June 22, 2013

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Track 1 - Session II - Student Development

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Student Development

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21.26.1 - 21.26.12



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Kimberly Lau University of California, Berkeley


Alice Merner Agogino University of California, Berkeley

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Alice M. Agogino is the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering and is affiliated faculty at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. She directs the BEST (Berkeley Energy and Sustainability Technologies/ Berkeley Expert Systems Technologies) Lab and co-directs the Berkeley Institute of Design, the Human-Centered Design course threads for undergraduates and the Engineering and Business for Sustainability graduate certificate program. She works with approximately 50 San Francisco Bay Area companies and nonprofits on a number of product design and sustainability class and research projects.

Agogino served as Chair of the UC Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate and has served in a number of other administrative positions at UC Berkeley including Associate Dean of Engineering, Director of the Instructional Technology Program and Faculty Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. She also served as Director for Synthesis, an NSF-sponsored coalition of eight universities with the goal of reforming undergraduate engineering education, and continues as PI for Engineering Pathway educational digital library.

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Sara L. Beckman Haas School of Business

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Sara Beckman teaches new product development and other design-related topics at the University of California’s Haas School of Business. She has also taught for Stanford University’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, and been a visiting faculty member at MIT where she taught in the Leaders for Manufacturing Program.

Prior to and concurrent with her involvement at the Haas School, Sara worked for the Hewlett-Packard Company, most recently as Director of the Product Generation Change Management Team. Before joining HP and the Haas School, She also worked in the Operations Management Services practice at Booz, Allen and Hamilton where she developed manufacturing strategy in a number of diverse industries from pharmaceuticals to aerospace.

Sara has B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at Stanford University and an M.S. in Statistics from the same institution. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Building Materials Holding Corporation and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Corporate Design Foundation and of the Design MBA Program at the California College of the Arts.

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International Characterizations of the Global EngineerIn this paper, we examine the learning styles of engineering students and professionals aroundthe world. We focus on learning styles as defined by David Kolb’s Experiential LearningTheory, and also consider factors as gender, ethnicity, and discipline.We collected data from undergraduate-level and graduate-level students at the University ofCalifornia at Berkeley, the California College of Arts, the Korea Advanced Institute of Scienceand Technology, and Philadelphia University. We also present data gathered from industryprofessionals in various design, engineering, and consulting firms in USA and Australia.In our analyses, we draw comparisons between the international populations, as well as acrossfields of expertise, skillsets, and other demographics. The results offer insights intocharacterizing the “global engineer” and help inform how engineers fit into modern dayexpectations.

Lau, K., & Agogino, A. M., & Beckman, S. L. (2013, June), Global Characterizations of Learning Styles among Students and Professionals Paper presented at 2013 ASEE International Forum, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--17231

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