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Increasing Broader Industrial Participation in Engineering & Technical Undergraduate Programs

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Conference

2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Stimulating Broader Industrial Participation in Undergraduate Programs

Tagged Division

College Industry Partnerships

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

22.858.1 - 22.858.9

DOI

10.18260/1-2--18139

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https://peer.asee.org/18139

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122

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Linda A Thurman University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Dr. Heybruck received is B.S.E.E. degree from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, a Masters in Computer Science from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and his Ph.D. in E.E. from UNC, Charlotte. He was with IBM for 32 years where he was a consulting engineer for test technology, a wireless consultant and a Product Development Manager in Printer Development. He retired from IBM as a Hard Disk Drive Consultant when Hitachi bought his division and worked for Hitachi Global Storage Technology for five years before coming to UNC, Charlotte as Director of the Industrial Solutions Lab.

Ms. Thurman, a Chicago native, earned her B.S. in Psychology from Western Illinois University and her M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Roosevelt University. Moving to Charlotte in 1995, Ms. Thurman continued to work in the IT and Engineering recruiting field and then made a career change in 1999 to work in Higher Ed. She has worked for over 10 years at UNC, Charlotte, with the past six years holding the position of Director for Student Professional Development and Employer Relations for the William States Lee College of Engineering. In March 2010, Ms. Thurman was appointed by the governor to serve on the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors as the public member. She is the first individual from UNC, Charlotte to serve on this prestigious board.

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William F. Heybruck University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Bill received is B.S.E.E. degree from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, a Masters in Computer Science from Union College in Schenectady NY and more recently his Ph.D. in E.E. from UNC, Charlotte in 2001.
He was with IBM for 32 years when he retired as a Hard Disk Drive Consultant when Hitachi bought his division. Prior to that, he was a consulting engineer for test technology, a wireless consultant and a Product Development Manager in Printer Development. He worked for Hitachi Global Storage Technology for five years as an expert on Micro hard disk drives before coming to UNC, Charlotte as Director of the Industrial Solutions Lab.

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Abstract

Stimulating Broader Industrial Participation in Undergraduate Programs Abstract Dr. Bill Heybruck and Ms. Linda Thurman While engineering and engineering technology students obtain solid academic knowledgeduring their college years, the missing component typically seems to be the ‘real-world’experience that only industry can provide. While common outside activities such as internshipand co-op programs fulfill this void for some students, there are many other ways to incorporateindustry as to enhance the educational experience to the broader student population. Thechallenge is to successfully and quickly create a variety of programs and avenues to engage theindustrial engineering community into the undergraduate program. This paper will present thecurrent menu of programs established at UNC Charlotte for the William States Lee College ofEngineering Students such as Industrial Senior Design, Employer-Mock Interviews, andProfessional Development Presentations. Many of them have been developed at no or very littlefinancial cost to the students, college or companies. Benefits for both the students and industrieswill be highlighted.

Thurman, L. A., & Heybruck, W. F. (2011, June), Increasing Broader Industrial Participation in Engineering & Technical Undergraduate Programs Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18139

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