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Integrating Teaching Abroad Into An International Student Exchange Program

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007

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2153-5965

Conference Session

International Case Studies:Collaborations, Exchanges & Interactions

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International

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8

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12.926.1 - 12.926.8

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https://peer.asee.org/1806

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Joerg Mossbrucker Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Dr. Mossbrucker is an Associcate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He did graduate studies at Michigan State University and received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He has extensive industrial experience and teaches courses in analog and digital circuits, microprocessors, and computer programming.

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Stephen Williams Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Dr. Stephen Williams is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Missouri in 1990 and has 20 years of experience across the corporate, government, and university sectors. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. He teaches courses in control systems, electronic design, and electromechanics.

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Edward Chandler Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Dr. Chandler is Program Director of Electrical Engineering Technology and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He also currently performs systems engineering consulting for DISA (U.S. DoD) and for L-3 Communications. He received the Ph.D. degree (EE) from Purdue University in 1985 and is a registered PE in Wisconsin. He teaches courses in circuits and communications.

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Holger Dahms Lübeck University of Applied Sciences

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Dr. Dahms is Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences since 1991. He received the Dipl.-Ing (U) degree from the Technical University of Darmstadt and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Dortmund. He has held research positions with AEG-Telefunken (control structures of switching systems) and Nixdorf (teletraffic problems in modern PABX systems and communications).

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Owe Petersen Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Dr. Petersen is Department Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He is a former Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories and received his Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and an ABET EAC program evaluator in Electrical Engineering.

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Jens Thiedke Lübeck University of Applied Sciences

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Herr Thiedke is a Laboratory Engineer at the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences, Lübeck, Germany, since 1994. He graduated from the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences in 1994 with the degree of Dipl.-Ing. (FH). He provides the laboratory support for the international student exchange program and is the central point of contact for the MSOE EE students at the Lübeck university.

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Integrating Teaching Abroad into an International Student Exchange Program Jörg Mossbrucker, Stephen Williams, Edward Chandler, Owe Petersen Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Milwaukee School of Engineering, USA

Holger Dahms, Jens Thiedke Lübeck University of Applied Sciences Lübeck, Germany

Abstract

The electrical engineering program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has integrated a bilateral faculty teaching component into its international student exchange program. Considerable flexibility was needed to adjust to faculty availability and the major differences in academic calendars between the two institutions. Specifically, MSOE is a private institution on a quarter system and its partner university is the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences in Lübeck, Germany which utilizes the semester system and is a state university. Among the problems that needed to be overcome is that the semester versus quarter systems simply didn’t align and neither institution has the resources to allow faculty absences for an entire academic year.

At the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences the MSOE faculty generally teach a short intensive 2 week course at the end of the spring semester. An appropriate number of credits and associated grade are given and entered on both university transcripts. The Lübeck university faculty visit MSOE in the fall quarter to participate in the project defense of their own students who perform their Diplom Arbeit (senior thesis project) at a company generally in the Milwaukee region. During the visit the Lübeck faculty also provide a series of special topic lectures in various courses depending on the expertise of the faculty member.

The benefits of the faculty exchange are many. Not just does the experience foster a stronger bond to the partner abroad, but the presence of the faculty serves to assure the students that the home institution is paying attention to their welfare and academic progress. The most essential thing we have come to believe is that while good academics are essential to a program, it is the relationships between the people involved in the program that determines a truly successful international program. The faculty exchange aspect has become a lynchpin of our exchange program.

Introduction

Many universities provide student exchange opportunities to study abroad1-8. The program offerings are organized in a wide range of formats: • The university serves as a gathering point and provides an umbrella program for students from many institutions

Mossbrucker, J., & Williams, S., & Chandler, E., & Dahms, H., & Petersen, O., & Thiedke, J. (2007, June), Integrating Teaching Abroad Into An International Student Exchange Program Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/1806

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