Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Educating engineering students is rewarding and challenging. It is an exciting time to be an engineer and engineering educator, but with limited resources and reduced budgets, finding more opportunities to support academics is not an easy task in a primarily teaching institution. As a result, looking outside the institution and traditional resources can promote multiple engineering programs, add relevance, and connect industry to academia. Connecting industry partners to the institution has helped in organizations meeting their community service project goals, filling internship and full time employment needs, and adding academic expertise to solve some technical problems. Students benefit from seeing the relevance of their academic work to real world problems, exposure to industry professionals and employment opportunities, and limited use of equipment the institution does not have. The institution benefits from increased exposure to potential students and great marketing tools. Many partnerships can be used as part of a very effective college recruiting plan.
This paper will present how one university develops and uses industry partnerships to provide a number of different academic resources. These resources support capstone projects, advising and evaluation of capstone projects, research projects as well as financial support for the projects, adjunct professors, dedicated internships and members of advisory boards providing financial support and curriculum input. In a time of ever decreasing resources at the state level, public universities are moving to operate similar to a private institution. Additionally, during these times the building of new programs requires the leveraging of the resources of private organizations. Analysis of examples of program development and enhancement using industry partnerships will provide a number of best practices.
Welch, R. W., & Rabb, R. J., & Bower, K. C. (2018, June), Industry Partnerships Assist Programs for Accreditation Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30657
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