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Implementing and Integrating International Research into the Engineering Curriculum at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania and the University of the West Indies, Trinidad

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2016 ASEE International Forum


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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Concurrent Paper Tracks Session I Study Abroad Programs

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Diversity and International Forum

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Monica Gray P.E. Lincoln University

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Dr. Monica Gray is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Lincoln University. She simultaneously received her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Water Resources concentration) and Masters of Public Health (Environmental & Occupational Health concentration) from the University of South Florida, Tampa. She also received a Masters in Biological Engineering from the University of Georgia, Athens and B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad. Dr. Gray is a seasoned engineer and educator who has lived, studied and worked in various countries around the world.

Prior to arriving at The Lincoln University, she managed the global curriculum portfolio for over a hundred and twenty programs in sixteen countries at Arcadia University and was instrumental in successfully developing and implementing study abroad opportunities and exchanges for undergraduate engineers from institutions across the country, while internationalizing the engineering curriculum through cooperation, consortia and curriculum integration.

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Constance Loretta Lundy

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Educating engineers to meet the needs of today’s global economy and diverse workforce involves preparing culturally literate individuals as well as providing increased access to members of under-represented and minority groups (UMMs). Minorities and Females constitute about 4% and 15% of the engineering workforce while accounting for over 13% and 50% of the general U.S. population respectively. The status quo is maintained by disproportionately high attrition rates from engineering programs among UMMs, ranging from 49% for Females to 62% among African Americans. Research, study abroad and research abroad opportunities are among the hosts of high impact experiential educational strategies currently being employed to increase under-represented and minority participation in engineering educational programs and subsequently profession. This paper discusses the benefits, opportunities and challenges in sending engineers abroad, explores strategies for internationalizing engineering education, and examines how these can be achieved to ensure affordability, broad access and retention. Key strategies that will be explored include cooperation between multinational (particularly developing and developed countries) academic institutions, and curriculum integration. The partnership between the Engineering Programs at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in the U.S. and the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies on the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago will be used as a case study to highlight considerations and implications.

Gray, M., & Lundy, C. L. (2016, June), Implementing and Integrating International Research into the Engineering Curriculum at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania and the University of the West Indies, Trinidad Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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