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Indian and Japanese Software Engineering Students in the “Egoless Space”

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2014 ASEE International Forum


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 14, 2014

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June 14, 2014

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June 14, 2014

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Track 3 - Session 2

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Student Development

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20.22.1 - 20.22.7



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Pradeep Kashinath Waychal Pune Innovation Centre Orcid 16x16

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Pradeep Waychal has close to 30 years of experience in renowned business and academic organizations. He has been the founder and head of Innovation Center of College of Engineering Pune. Prior to that, for over 20 years, he has worked with a multinational corporation, Patni Computer Systems where he has played varied roles in delivery, corporate and sales organizations. He has led large international business relationships and incubated Centre of Excellences for business intelligence, process consulting and verification and validation. He has headed the corporate product and technology innovations and quality and delivery innovation departments. Pradeep was on the apex senior management group before proceeding on to pursue his academic, research and social interests. Before Patni, he has worked at IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, SGGS College of Engineering and Crompton Greaves R & D Electronics in different research and academic positions.

Pradeep Waychal has also published papers in peer reviewed journals, presented keynote / invited talks in many high profile international conferences and I involved in a few copyrights / patents. His teams have won a range of awards in Six Sigma and Knowledge Management at international events. He has been associated with initiatives from NASSCOM, CSI, ISO and ISBSG among others. Pradeep Waychal has completed Ph D in the area of Information Technology and Innovation Management from IIT Bombay. He is credited with one of the fastest Ph D even as compared to full time research scholars. He is M Tech in control engineering from IIT Delhi with CGPA of 10/10. He is a graduate from college of engineering Pune in Electronics and Telecommunication. His current research interests are engineering education, software engineering and innovation management.

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Gautam Akiwate University of California, San Diego

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Gautam Akiwate is currently a graduate student at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego with broad areas of interest. He got his bachelor's degree from the College of Engineering, Pune. While in COEP, Gautam was involved in a lot of activities including a CUBESAT mission. Gautam's current research interests are systems and networking in addition to engineering education.

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Ayano OHSAKI P.E. nnovation Center for Engineering Education, Tottori University

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Ayano OHSAKI is an assistant professor at the Innovation Center for Engineering Education, Tottori University since 2012. She is in charge of development new engineering education program. The objectives of the program are improvement of creativity, collaboration skills and problem solving skills. Students learn communication skills, project management skills, analysis, etc. by working on design assignments and projects in this program. More than 400 students are studying in this program. She is writing a textbook and developing an assessment system for this program. She is pursuing her doctoral research in Computer Supported Collaboration Leaning (CSCL) and the Flipped Classroom for the Engineering Design. Prior to this, she also has over 5 years of experiences as a Production Engineer. She designed a jig, production processes and production systems for on-vehicle unit systems.

She received the Master of Engineering degree in Information Technology from Shinshu University, Nagano, Japan, in 2009 and BA in education from Saitama University, Saitama, Japan, in 2006. She also underwent training for teacher of technology education, and studied the Stirling engine in the University.

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Introducing an Approach to Develop Egoless Software EngineersSoftware organizations compete in a highly globalized world mandating continuous improvement in theirperformance. They have to look beyond the traditional process and technology dimensions and think through thecritical people dimension to achieve the improvement. One of the most important initiatives in the people dimensioncan be developing egoless engineers as professed by Weinberger. This paper proposes a multi-stage approach fordeveloping egoless software engineers and dwells on the first stage of creating self-awareness of egoless behaviorusing a reliable instrument based on Lamont Adams’ "Ten Commandments of Egoless Programming”. Theinstrument is tested on undergraduate students in India and is being tested on students in Japan and possiblySingapore. The paper discusses overall results and its analysis in these different countries by correlating studentbehavior with gender and cumulative and semester academic performances. We are still working on the next twostages - validating the self assessment with peer team members and developing corresponding plans to bring in thechanges. The proposed approach can be used to systemically develop egoless engineers even in the industrial settingthat potentially could result in improvement in performance of project teams as well as that of organizations.

Waychal, P. K., & Akiwate, G., & OHSAKI, A. (2014, June), Indian and Japanese Software Engineering Students in the “Egoless Space” Paper presented at 2014 ASEE International Forum, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--17185

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