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Integration Of An Innovative Engineering Program In A Suny College

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Innovations in ECE Education II

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Electrical and Computer

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14.772.1 - 14.772.11



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Rachid Manseur State University of New York, Oswego


Adrian Ieta State University of New York, Oswego

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Adrian Ieta holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (2004) from The University of Western Ontario, Canada. He also holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Timisoara, Romania (1984), a B.E.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnical University of Timisoara (1992), and an M.E.Sc. from The University of Western Ontario (1999). He worked on industrial projects within the Applied Electrostatics Research Centre and the Digital Electronics Research Group at the University of Western Ontario and is an IEEE member and a registered Professional Engineer of Ontario. He taught at the University of Western Ontario and is now Assistant Professor at State University of New York at Oswego, Department of Physics.

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Integration of an Innovative Engineering Program in a SUNY College


The development of a new engineering program in an existing and well-established institution presents several challenges, including the creation of a sound curriculum that satisfies some of the local and national engineering workforce needs. However, besides curricular issues, the new program must also satisfy all accreditation requirements and incorporate modern and innovative teaching methods, equipment, and facilities. Due consideration must be given to the already established educational tenets of the university as the engineering program must be inserted within the university’s existing curricular infrastructure, including the general education requirements and the existing support courses in the sciences and mathematics.

There is a strong desire to develop a program that is competitive within the engineering education field and that responds to expected needs in the engineering profession. Several specific ideas are considered to achieve this goal. The curriculum will be largely project-based and will rely on active-learning methods and multidisciplinary teaching using proven methods as described and already implemented in other successful engineering schools.

Engineering education is a recognized important factor in economic development and several new programs are already or will likely be developed in many educational institutions. The results of this work concerning the early development and planning of a new engineering program provide valuable referential experience for future engineering program development efforts.


Engineering is recognized as an important factor in the economic well-being of society. In the current global market, engineering programs are gaining in importance with the realization in the USA and elsewhere that future economic prospects depend on the availability of skilled and competent engineers. In response to the increasing demand for engineering professionals, several institutions of higher learning that traditionally offered degree programs in the liberal arts have started or are now planning to offer engineering degree programs1. This paper discusses the development of a new Electrical and Computer Engineering program within a long established university.

The establishment of a new program in any area demands consideration of several options and leads to choices on many different issues. Accreditation of the new program in due time is a primary concern; therefore, some guidance is drawn from various requirements for accreditation as provided by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). It can be argued that implementing a suitable accreditation processes is more effective during the development phase of a degree program rather than if inserted through changes in an already established program.

Manseur, R., & Ieta, A. (2009, June), Integration Of An Innovative Engineering Program In A Suny College Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4842

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