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Industry And Et Education Collaborations From A Construction Engineering Perspective

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Topics in Civil ET

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9.729.1 - 9.729.6

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Wafeek Wahby

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Session 2549

Industry and ET Education Collaborations From A Construction Engineering Perspective

Wafeek Samuel Wahby, Ph.D., B.Th.

Professor, Industrial Technology Program Coordinator Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois


The preparation of ET graduates who can make a smooth transition from their academic training into the work force with confidence and maximum productivity in areas of education, research, and business can be achieved through well defined, carefully designed, and appropriately implemented academia-industry collaboration. The design and construction industry is one of the largest industries and a major element in shaping the economy, locally and globally. The ever- increasing need for collaboration between academia and industry has never been more indispensable as it is now.

The 21st Century shall witness even more innovative applications within the construction industry that require the introduction of new building materials, equipment, and methods, as well as qualified and adequately trained personnel. The technological progress in the construction industry depends on two elements, namely: innovation and resources. Resources are introduced as MPLEM -- an acronym that stands for Money, People, Land, Equipment, and Materials. Generally, academia leads most of the research and development, and industry leads the application of most academia’s findings. Inevitably, joint ventures between both result in better engineers, materials and equipment which benefit both engineering education and the construction industry.

When discussing intellectual property issues, important details need to be visited such as who pays for the research work, the degree of secrecy in research, who owns the outcome, who files for a patent, who gets rights to the outcome, and what are the conditions to get those rights.

Positive change comes through those who are willing to work together and take risks–and technological leadership in the construction industry is no exception. Industry’s private and public sectors, government agencies, and academia need to come together and find better ways to collaborate in working for the common cause of technology innovation and commercialization. Together, they can achieve more than if they worked apart from each other. The intelligent industry/academia collaboration through innovation will take both parties further than any of them has ever been before, or thought they can ever be.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Wahby, W. (2004, June), Industry And Et Education Collaborations From A Construction Engineering Perspective Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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