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Highly Relevant and Productive Collaborations Between Industries and Universities

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Student Development and Assessment in IE Programs

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Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering

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25.696.1 - 25.696.6



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Mahesh C. Aggarwal Gannon University

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Mahesh Aggarwal has been a faculty member at Gannon University since 1978. He graduated from Marquette University with a M.S. and University of Michigan with Ph.D. in thermal science area. He has worked for numerous companies and is currently working with GE Transportation in Erie, Penn. At GE, he is the coordinator of GE/Gannon MS Program. He has seven patents with GE Transportation over the last 10 years. He is an active member of the ASME, serving as Chair to numerous groups. He served as Vice President for Region V (District B now) and is actively involved in precollege programs. He has been ME evaluator for ABET over the last 12 years.

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Karinna M. Vernaza Gannon University

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Karinna Vernaza joined Gannon University in 2003, and she is currently an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Her B.S. is in Marine Systems Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Her primary teaching responsibilities are in the solid mechanics and materials areas. She was awarded the 2012 ASEE NCS Outstanding Teacher Award. Vernaza consults for GE Transportation and does research in the area of alternative fuels (biodiesel), engineering education (active learning techniques), and high strain deformation of materials. She is currently a Co-PI in NSF S-STEM and ADVANCE-PAID grants. She is actively involved in outreach activities that introduce middle school students to engineering.

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Highly relevant and productive collaborations between Industries andUniversitiesEngineering education is enhanced by collaborations between industries and universitiesthat provide a platform for students’ internships, research, and development ofprofessional and leadership skills. Universities must continue to take an active role tostrengthen and grow these partnerships which provide benefits to all involved.This paper will focus on models established at a medium size Master’s I Institution.__________ University have established programs in collaboration with local industrythat have proven to achieve the following objectives: (1) to establish an academia-industry collaborative graduate program and a Graduate Research Internship Program(GRIP), (2) to demonstrate the effectiveness of programs as a strategy to build up a talentpool of STEM professionals, and (3) to extend the pipeline for STEM professionals whoenter existing leadership programs at local industries.This paper presents general models by which universities approach these types ofcollaborations. The paper describes the successful methods that have been employed by___________ University and will explore other methods that can be implemented oradapted in different size institutions.Key Words: Collaboration, partnership, graduate research internships, research projects,industries and universities

Aggarwal, M. C., & Vernaza, K. M. (2012, June), Highly Relevant and Productive Collaborations Between Industries and Universities Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21453

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