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Impact of a Successful Technology Graduate Degree Program- Report on program and its graduates

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Issues in Engineering Technology Education

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Engineering Technology

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23.682.1 - 23.682.11



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Niaz Latif Purdue University Calumet

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Dr. Niaz Latif is the Dean of the School of Technology at Purdue University Calumet. He has also served for two years as the Dean of the Graduate School and additional two years as the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies. Dr. Latif was responsible for the graduate education activities for 14 Master’s Degree programs, development of new degree programs and courses. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri—Columbia and an M.S. from South Dakota State University (SDSU); both degrees are in Agricultural Engineering. He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. Dr. Latif has authored/co-authored numerous refereed journal articles and peer reviewed conference proceedings articles and has made national and international conference presentations. His publication record includes articles related to academic program development and assessment of academic programs. Dr. Latif was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Engineering Technology.

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Mohammad A. Zahraee Purdue University, Calumet (Tech)

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Mohammad A. Zahraee became Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at School of Technology in 2010. He holds Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Illinois University and MS in Structural Engineering as well as PhD in Engineering Mechanics both from University of Illinois at Chicago. Mohammad joined Purdue University Calumet in 1989 and was the chair of the Manufacturing Engineering Technologies and Supervision from 1996 through 2007. He was also acting head of Electrical Engineering Technology from 2000 through December 2006.
Zahraee served ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering, Technology, Computing, and Applied Sciences) from 1992 through 2010 as a program evaluator, commissioner (Accreditation Team Chair), as well as the national chair of the Technology accreditation commission of ABET during 2009-2010. A professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mohammad chairs the Graduate Education Council in the school of technology, advises all incoming graduate students, and approves all graduation audits for MS students. MS in technology at Purdue University Calumet has 150 students, the second largest enrollment for such degree.

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Joy L Colwell Purdue University, Calumet (Tech)

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Joy L. Colwell is a Professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision, and the Director of Graduate Studies for Purdue University Calumet. She writes regularly on the incorporation of interpersonal and career skills in technology education, and on issues relating to administration of graduate programs.

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Impact of a Successful Technology Graduate Degree Program- Report on program and its graduatesABSTRACTThis Paper describes the challenges and advantages experienced by the authors in starting andrunning a successful graduate program in Technology. XXXX University started its Master ofScience in Technology in 2008, and by 2011 had the third largest enrollment nationally forgraduate degree programs in Technology. The program has already produced more than ahundred graduates. The success of this program may be attributed to factors such as a largedemand for the program in the region, as predicted by the institution and presented in theproposal to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the interdisciplinary nature of theprogram, and flexibility of the curriculum, among others.All relevant program issues that needed to be addressed in creating the third largest(nationally) graduate program in Technology, within the short space of 3 years, are discussed inthe paper. These issues are: flexible curriculum, faculty resources and benefits, prospectivestudents, students’ marketability and preparation for employment, graduate employmentopportunities in industry, program impact on economic development, program delivery modes(live, hybrid, and on-line) and student learning assessment. Data are presented on studentprofiles, graduate placement, alumni career growth, and application-oriented industry projects.Furthermore, the coming challenges of maintaining program quality with high enrollment, aswell as completion rates, are also discussed in this paper.

Latif, N., & Zahraee, M. A., & Colwell, J. L. (2013, June), Impact of a Successful Technology Graduate Degree Program- Report on program and its graduates Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19696

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