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Innovation In A Large Scale Study Abroad Program In Engineering

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2004 Annual Conference

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

Start Date

June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

International Case Studies, Interactive Learning, Student Design

Page Count

12

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9.735.1 - 9.735.12

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https://peer.asee.org/13129

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28

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Vera Galishnikova

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Thomas Maleck

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Paul Streng

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Jason Merrill

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David Prestel

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Darren Mason

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Ronald Harichandran

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Innovation in a Large-Scale Study-Abroad Program in Engineering

D.E. Mason, J. Merrill, R.S. Harichandran, V. Galishnikova, T. Maleck, D. Prestel, and P. Streng

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Albion College, Albion, MI / Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI / Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI / Volgograd State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Volgograd, Russia / Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI / Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI / Building Construction Management Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Abstract

In recent years study-abroad experience in collegiate education has become highly valued by both academia and non-academic employers. For a variety of reasons, developing this type of program in engineering education is particularly difficult. This paper presents an innovative study-abroad program in engineering education recently developed at Michigan State University in collaboration with the Volgograd State University of Architectural and Civil Engineering in Volgograd, Russia. This program successfully addresses such academic challenges in engineering education as the inherent vertical structure of scientific curricula, courses with laboratory requirements, ABET accreditation, and accelerated summer course calendars. Engineering disciplines included are civil engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, statistics, and construction management. Also featured in this program is a unique curricular collaboration between the humanities and engineering. The paper also discusses the program’s treatment of such logistical issues as student safety, moving large groups of students through a cultural landscape where Russian language proficiency is a necessity, as well as ensuring the financial solvency of the program. Finally, we describe the benefit of multi-institution collaboration and technology exchange in student/faculty research and teaching, both within the Michigan region and with partner Russian academic institutions. Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Galishnikova, V., & Maleck, T., & Streng, P., & Merrill, J., & Prestel, D., & Mason, D., & Harichandran, R. (2004, June), Innovation In A Large Scale Study Abroad Program In Engineering Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/13129

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