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Improving Online STEM Education through Direct Industry Classroom Engagement

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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College Industry Partnerships Division Technical Session 3

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College Industry Partnerships

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26.922.1 - 26.922.20



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Mark Angolia East Carolina University Orcid 16x16

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Mark Angolia, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Industrial Distribution and Logistics degree program in the College of Engineering and Technology at East Carolina University (ECU). Prior to entering academia in 2005, he held industrial positions in engineering, manufacturing, quality, materials, and operations management for manufacturing companies within the automotive supply chain. Dr. Angolia’s teaching focuses on Enterprise Resource Planning with SAP software, Distributor Sales and Branch Management, and Transportation Logistics. His research interests include improvement of supply chain efficiency through the application of technology and best practices for logistics and inventory management. Dr. Angolia is highly engaged with regional and national companies in recruiting students from ECU for both internships and full time positions. In addition to a PhD from Indiana State, he holds a Master of Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and professional certifications of CPIM and CSCP from APICS, The Association for Operations Management, and a PMP from the Project Management Institute. Dr. Angolia also conducts consulting projects and professional development seminars for local industry on topics including forecasting, inventory control, production planning, project management, transportation logistics, procurement, and supply chain management.

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John Pickard East Carolina University

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Dr. Pickard is an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University in the College of Engineering and Technology. He teaches undergraduate and graduate Information and Computer Technology (ICT) courses within the Department of Technology Systems. Dr. Pickard plays an active role in building positive and sustainable industry relationship between the college, local businesses, and industry partners.
Current industry recognized certifications include; Cisco Certified Network Professional, Microsoft Certificated Professional, EMC Information Storage and Management, IPv6 Forum Certified Engineer (Gold), IPv6 Forum Certified Trainer (Gold), and Cisco Certified Academy Instructor.
Dr. Pickard received his Ph.D. in Technology Management at Indiana State University. He also holds an MBA from Wayland Baptist University and a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University.

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Leslie Pagliari East Carolina University

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Dr. Leslie Pagliari serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering and Technology and Associate Professor in the Department of Technology Systems. Her research interests center on STEM initiatives, leadership, global supply chain issues, and new technologies in the distribution and logistics sector. She was one of three professors in the United States recognized in an Inbound Logistics Article featuring leading professors in today’s supply chain curriculum.

She has worked with a team of colleagues throughout other colleges at East Carolina University to plan a STEM initiative for 8th grade girls. This initiative helps bring more than 100 Pitt County girls to campus to engage them in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. She has also worked with ECU’s Global Academic Initiatives to collaborate with other institutions throughout the world.

In addition, Dr. Pagliari collaborates with many external organizations. She is past president of APICS (Association of Operations Management) and past Education Chair for the CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals). She also served as a board member for the Museum of the Marine in Jacksonville, NC and the Eastern Carolina Safety and Health School. She continues to serves on multiple organizations with the University, College, and Department. Dr. Pagliari was selected and completed the BRIDGES Academic Leadership for Women hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill and was recently nominated for the Women of Distinction award at East Carolina University..

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Improving Online STEM Education through Direct Industry Classroom EngagementState governments continue to push state funded intuitions of higher education to be morefocused on providing students with the skills and knowledge sought after by prospectiveemployers. Employers increasingly seek graduates from higher education programs who haveapplied their academic knowledge to real-world scenarios. To meet these demands, academiamust get closer to industry and work directly with professional practitioners to fully understandtheir specific needs and to adjust curriculum and coursework accordingly. Industry advisoryboards, guest speaker events, student internships, and capstone projects each fulfills its ownniche of engagement. What is missing from these forms of industry /academia collaboration isthe direct engagement of the industry professional within the classroom. This direct engagementhas the benefit of bringing academic instruction and state-of-the-art industry practices into closeralignment. Additionally, industry professionals can use direct engagement as a source of newand/or non-conventional ideas from the next generation of STEM graduates. Thus, developing amodel of direct industry engagement can enhance the mutually beneficial relationship betweenstudents, industry, and academia.This paper presents a case study of three information and computer technology (ICT) coursesdelivered 100% on-line in a distance education format. The case studies explore and expandupon the “Industry Fellow” model presented at the ASEE 2011 Annual Conference. In eachcourse, industry professionals acted as “co-teachers”, actively involved with the course instructorin designing and developing student projects, interacting directly with students, and evaluatingand providing feedback on student progress. Each course was in itself a unique case studyinvolving professionals from different industries and involved student projects that were specificto the curriculum requirements of the course.Discussed in detail for each course are the processes used to recruit industry professionals, themethods used to jointly develop assignments and student projects, the modes of communicationand collaboration between students, faculty, and industry professionals, and the assessmentmethods used to evaluate student outcomes. The results of post-course interviews with theindustry professionals, surveys completed by students, and self-assessment by the instructor arealso shared.

Angolia, M., & Pickard, J., & Pagliari, L. (2015, June), Improving Online STEM Education through Direct Industry Classroom Engagement Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24259

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