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Industrial Advisory Board Open Forum

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

College Industry Partnerships Division Technical Session 1

Tagged Division

College Industry Partnerships

Page Count

13

Page Numbers

26.954.1 - 26.954.13

DOI

10.18260/p.24291

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https://peer.asee.org/24291

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162

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Charles E. Baukal Jr. P.E. John Zink Co. LLC

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Charles E. Baukal, Jr. has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, an Ed.D., and Professional Engineering License. He is the Director of the John Zink Institute which offers continuing professional development for engineers and technicians. He has nearly 35 years of industrial experience and 30 years of teaching experience as an adjunct. He is the author/editor of 13 books on industrial combustion and is an inventor on 11 U.S. patents.

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Ted Song John Brown University

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Dr. Ted Song joined the JBU engineering faculty in August of 2012. Dr. Song received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012, and his doctoral dissertation is in the area of mathematical modeling of renewable energy sources (e.g. photovoltaic and wind) and energy storage system (e.g. lithium-ion battery). In addition, his current research interests include renewable energy technologies that can be effectively implemented in developing countries.

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Will C. Holmes John Brown University

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Dr. Will Holmes is an associate professor of engineering at John Brown University in Northwest Arkansas. Prior to coming to John Brown University, he spent ten years at Taylor University in central Indiana. Prior to that appointment he received his PhD from Washington State University in Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Holmes enjoys teaching a wide variety of classes and involving students at all levels of undergraduate study in team based design projects and project based learning. Contact: wholmes@jbu.edu

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Kyle Andrew Crouse John Brown University

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Kyle Crouse is a junior in engineering (with an electrical/computer concentration) at John Brown University. He is the Head of Communications and Treasurer of the JBU IEEE Student Branch ad is currently working with a team to design a low-cost maximum power point tracker (MPPT) for use with solar panels in developing countries. Kyle is passionate about engineering and music and aspires to work in the audio technology industry following graduation.

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Zachary Jordan Lee John Brown University

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Zachary Lee is a Junior Electrical/Computer Engineering student at John Brown University with interests in computer programming, renewable energy, and smart grid technologies. He is the President of the JBU IEEE Student Branch, and is a member of the Honors Scholars Program and Leaders Scholars Institute. He is also an IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholar. Zachary is passionate about using engineering as a platform to help others through humanitarian engineering projects and education.

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Cameron Drax Geiger John Brown University

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Drax is a sophomore engineering student at John Brown University (JBU) pursuing his B.S. in Engineering with a Concentration in Mechanical Engineering and an Enhancement in Renewable Energy. He is the Vice President of Activities for JBU's IEEE student branch, and plans to pursue graduate work in Leadership Studies.

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Abstract

Industrial Advisory Board Open Forum(university) uses its engineering industrial advisory board in a unique fashion which is helpfulfor its students, fun for the board members, and useful for the faculty and university. During oneof its regular Industrial Advisory Board meetings, (university) arranges an Open Forum Panelwhere students are encouraged to ask board members any questions they may have. Thesequestions cover a very broad range of student interests including for example how to get aninternship, what industry is looking for when hiring new graduates, the utility of getting aprofessional engineering license, and how to prepare for admission to graduate school. When aquestion is asked, any board member may respond and often multiple responses are given sostudents may get different perspectives to consider. Students also have the opportunity to askquestions of individual board members at the conclusion of the open forum.The students benefit from this forum because they can ask questions of very experiencedprofessionals. Of particular interest to many students is getting a job upon graduation and boardmembers can offer some sage advice as many have been involved in the hiring process for manyyears. All students are required to attend this approximately one hour forum so all can benefitfrom the discussions. Students who are just beginning their academic journey benefit by gettinginformation that can help them get internships and take appropriate elective courses. Moreexperienced students can focus on what is of interest to employers and graduate programs. Theseforums can be particularly helpful in dispelling potential student myths. For example, studentssometimes believe they will be primarily doing calculations as an individual for an employer andthat communication and teamwork skills are not that important. Invariably this topic comes upduring a forum and board members consistently and vigorously emphasize the importance ofwritten and verbal communication skills and working effectively on multidisciplinary teams.The board consists of a broad mix of members from both academia and industry, about half ofwhom are alumni of the school. Most have considerable experience and many are involved inhiring interns and new graduates and supervising graduate students. Some have advanceddegrees and some are licensed professional engineers. Experienced professionals are ofteninterested in giving back to their professions and serving on an advisory board is one such way.These open forums are particularly satisfying for board members who have the opportunity togive seasoned advice to those who will be entering the profession in the near future. Thisincludes sharing how careers can change dramatically over time.Faculty benefit by hearing feedback on a range of issues which can be helpful as they providefuture guidance to their students. Advisory board feedback can also be used in the periodicreview of program educational objectives as required for ABET accreditation. Students receiveadvice regarding career matters as required by ABET.These forums are a powerful example of college-industry partnerships. The paper will describethe forum in more detail, give suggestions for alternate formats, and provide recommendationsfor effective implementation. A relatively minimal investment of time has the potential toprovide life-changing advice to students.

Baukal, C. E., & Song, T., & Holmes, W. C., & Crouse, K. A., & Lee, Z. J., & Geiger, C. D. (2015, June), Industrial Advisory Board Open Forum Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24291

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