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Improving Undergrad Presentation Skills

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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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Engineering Management Division Technical Session 5

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Engineering Management

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26.933.1 - 26.933.17



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Gene Dixon East Carolina University

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Gene Dixon is a tenured Associate Professor at East Carolina where he teaches aspiring engineers at the undergraduate level. Previously he has held positions with Union Carbide, Chicago Bridge & Iron, E.I. DuPont & deNemours, Westinghouse Electric, CBS, Viacom and Washington Group. His work experience includes project engineer, program assessor, senior shift manager, TQM coach, and production reactor outage planner, remediation engineer. He gives presentations as a corporate trainer, a teacher, and a motivational speaker. He received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management from The University of Alabama in Huntsville, a Masters of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering from Auburn University. He has authored several articles on follower component of leadership and is active in research concerning capstone, engineering education, and leadership processes. He has served as newsletter editor/secretary, program chair, division chair and awards chair in both the Engineering Management and Engineering Economy Divisions of ASEE. He is a fellow of the American Society of Engineering Management and serves as the 2015 ASEM President. Dixon also serves on the Eugene L. Grant Award Committee for the Engineering Economy Division of ASEE. He is a board member of the ASEE Design in Engineering Education Division and Secretary for the ASEE Industrial Engineering Division.

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Gordon Thomas Beverly III East Carolina University

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Gordon T. Beverly III is an undergraduate student at East Carolina University double majoring in Engineering and Physics, and is set to graduate in May 2015. A 2002 recipient of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship, he went on to earn a BS in Secondary Mathematics Education and a BA in Mathematics from East Carolina University c/o 2006. Prior to returning to school, he taught high school mathematics at DH Conley High School in Greenville, NC for six years. Gordon is a 2014 inductee to the ECU Engineering Honor Society and served as the society’s vice president from 2014 to 2015. He has served as a lead engineering tutor for over 5 semesters at ECU’s Pirate Tutoring Center.

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Higher education programs have historically done an excellent job of providing students with afirm knowledge base in various degrees. This success is only half of the story in today’s everchanging economy and job market. Undergraduate students who are graduating must haveadequate oral communication skills to match the subject knowledge they have acquired in theircollegiate experience. Students must be able to orally present and communicate ideas,knowledge, and research to many different audiences in the arenas of interviews, conferences,and interoffice presentations. This meta-analysis will highlight and bring forth a number of ideasto improve oral presentation skills

Dixon, G., & Beverly, G. T. (2015, June), Improving Undergrad Presentation Skills Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24270

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