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Impact Of Applied Research In Engineering Technology

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.315.1 - 3.315.6

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Naseem Ishaq

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Salahuddin Qazi

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Session 1348

Impact of Applied Research in Engineering Technology

Salahuddin Qazi, Naseem Ishaq State University of New York Institute of Technology P.O. Box 3050, Utica, New York 13504

ABSTRACT Due to the applied nature of engineering technology programs, it is important that engineering technology faculty stay current to incorporate new technology in their courses and curriculum. It is however difficult for engineering technology faculty to conduct research during the regular semester time because of the hands-on nature of their programs and other college commitments. This paper presents the result of authors involvement in applied sponsored research, and discusses the impact on the development of courses and curriculum in the department of electrical engineering technology at the State university of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome.

INTRODUCTION State University of New York (SUNY) Institute of Technology is an upper division transfer college for students who have completed their first two years of higher education at a community college. It also offers graduate programs in accounting, advanced technology, business, computer science and telecommunications.

University research in engineering, according to Lester A. Gerhardt [1] is both a process and a product. It serves to create an environment for engineering education that enhances classroom teaching in terms of relevance and what is taught and how it is taught. A good teacher is often the most active researcher. Further it is the integration of research into teaching which is being adopted by increasing number of educators. It is claimed by these educators that incorporating research examples into their courses and curricula and collaborating with students on research projects result into better research. In addition, the students gain important insight into engineering and science concepts as applied to real life problems [2].

Research is traditionally conducted by the engineering faculty at the universities with graduate programs who can bring research grants and use graduate students to help conduct it. Applied research at institutions offering engineering technology programs is becoming important due to the change in technology and the resulting change in the contents of courses in their programs. It is also important for the faculty to stay current in order to teach effectively and be able to develop new courses in their curriculum. In addition, the business and accrediting agencies are putting pressure on engineering technology programs to make teaching more industry- oriented. Collaborative and joint research between the engineering technology faculty and small businesses can be very beneficial to small businesses in improving their products as they do not have enough funds to spend on research and development. Such collaboration helps the faculty obtain necessary funds and


Ishaq, N., & Qazi, S. (1998, June), Impact Of Applied Research In Engineering Technology Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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