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Interdisciplinary Problems and Numerical Analysis: 10 Things We Wish We Knew 20 Years Ago

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Best Methods for NEEs

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New Engineering Educators

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23.801.1 - 23.801.12



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James C. Squire Virginia Military Institute

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James Squire is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Virginia Military Institute. Dr. Squire received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was awarded a Bronze Star in the Army during Desert Storm and was selected as Virginia’s Rising Star professor in 2004. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and Virginia and maintains an active consulting practice.

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Turk McCleskey Virginia Military Institute

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Turk McCleskey earned a Ph.D. in colonial American history from the College of William and Mary. His research focuses on frontier societies in North America. He is a tenured professor in the Department of History, Virginia Military Institute, where he teaches introductory courses in American history and historical methods, upper division elective courses in colonial American history, and senior capstone seminars on the American Revolution and on North American Indians.

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Elizabeth White Baker Wake Forest University

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Elizabeth White Baker is a visiting assistant professor at Wake Forest University Schools of Business, teaching courses on Information Systems Management, Strategic Information Systems and Entrepreneurship. Her research interests include Information Systems Mergers and Acquisitions, Cross-Cultural Information Systems and Commercialization of Intellectual Property. Baker’s research has been published in a variety of academic journals including the Information Systems Journal, Journal of Global Information Management, Journal of Information Privacy and Security, and Journal of Decision Systems.

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Anthony Evan English Western New England University

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Anthony English received the Ph.D. degree in medical engineering and medical physics from the Harvard-MIT division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1996, where he received a Raytheon Fellowship. He is currently a professor at the Western New England University where he teaches biomedical engineering. His interests include the application of non-linear control theory to soft biomaterial phase transitions and cellular level phenomena. Prof. English is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

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Interdisciplinary Problems and Numerical Analysis: 10 Things I wish I Knew Twenty Years AgoNon-engineering faculty often find the engineering quantitative mindset and ability to conductnumeric analysis helpful in their research, yielding valuable results not otherwise discernible byeither specialty alone. New engineering faculty can find such work helpful to launch theircareers by exposing them to a wealth of productive research topics relatively untouched by in-discipline researchers, as well as providing opportunities to get to know many faculty and beexposed to a variety of research methods, writing styles, and grant sources. Despite thedemonstrable benefits of such collaborations, however, there also are pitfalls, especially for newengineering faculty who have little experience coordinating complex interdisciplinaryprojects. In this paper I describe my observations on interdisciplinary collaborations based onpapers I have published and patents I have earned with faculty from clinical medicine,bioengineering, finance, educational psychology, colonial history, business, sports medicine, andseismology, including: 5 reasons to seek opportunities to apply numerical analysis to interdisciplinary problems, 3 common pitfalls of work in such interdisciplinary projects, and 10 best practices for conducting numerical analysis of interdisciplinary problems.

Squire, J. C., & McCleskey, T., & Baker, E. W., & English, A. E. (2013, June), Interdisciplinary Problems and Numerical Analysis: 10 Things We Wish We Knew 20 Years Ago Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19815

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