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Global Engineering Projects from the Young African Leaders Initiative

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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International Educational Experiences (2)

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Tom Lacksonen University of Wisconsin, Stout

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Dr. Thomas Lacksonen is the Schneider Professor of Engineering in the Operations and Management department at University of Wisconsin-Stout. He was previously a Fulbright Teaching Fellow to Turkey, where he taught Industrial Engineering at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. His industrial work experience was at Whirlpool Corporation and Eastman Kodak Company. He has three degrees in industrial engineering, from University of Toledo, University of South Florida, and Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include global and cultural issues in manufacturing systems design, computer simulation games in education, and facilities design.

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Scott Springer P.E. University of Wisconsin, Stout

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Scott L. Springer, PE, PhD, is the Fulton and Edna Holtby Manufacturing Engineering Senior Chair and a professor at the University of Wisconsin Stout, where he has been a faculty member since 1999. He previously worked in industry (consulting and research and development) for 12 years. He has 34 publications and 19 patents. He teaches in areas of upper level mechanical design, research and development, advanced manufacturing and capstone.

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Devin R. Berg University of Wisconsin, Stout Orcid 16x16

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Devin Berg is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the B.S. Mechanical Engineering program in the Engineering and Technology Department at the University of Wisconsin - Stout.

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In this paper several projects that integrate globalization issues into undergraduate engineering and technology coursework are discussed.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders brings African entrepreneurs to United States campuses for six weeks every summer, providing an excellent opportunity to identify potential clients for global engineering class projects. The university’s engineering faculty partnered with fellows on projects in freshman Impacts of Engineering, junior Lean Manufacturing, and senior Capstone Design classes. Projects have included conceptual product design, detailed product design, process selection, manufacturing equipment design, and facilities design. Several engineering and technology majors have participated in the projects. The highlight is a micro-hydroelectric generator design project spanning several classes and semesters. The projects are similar to traditional class projects and cover all existing course objectives. Students are also required to research and apply international standards, including product, safety and facility standards. Students also must consider the appropriate level of technology, humanitarian engineering aspects, and societal impact of the design. Assessment of the international component of one project allows programs to evaluate performance indicators as part of ABET Outcome H assessment. The projects are also part of a larger humanitarian engineering initiative at the institution, and are assessed through surveys for that initiative.

Lacksonen, T., & Springer, S., & Berg, D. R. (2017, June), Global Engineering Projects from the Young African Leaders Initiative Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28409

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