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International Applications for Project Integrated Learning through Engagement in the Partnership for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE)

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2015 ASEE International Forum

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Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

Conference Session

Concurrent Paper Tracks - Session II

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International Forum

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8

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19.22.1 - 19.22.8

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https://peer.asee.org/17145

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Patricia A. Sullivan New Mexico State University

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Patricia A. Sullivan serves as Associate Dean for Outreach and Public Service and is Director of the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. She received her PhD in industrial engineering and has over 31 years’ experience directing statewide engineering outreach services that include technical engineering business assistance, professional development, and educational outreach programs. She is co-PI for a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to broaden participation among minority engineering students through engagement in innovation and entrepreneurship and a co-PI for an i6 Challenge grant through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to foster regional economic development through innovation and new business start-ups. She is institutional integrator for the Partnership for the Advancement of Engineering Education (PACE) at NMSU. She is also co-lead for a NSF funded Pathways to Innovation cohort at NMSU with a focus on integrating innovation and entrepreneurship into the engineering curriculum through a blending of industry and educational experiences. Patricia serves as a commissioner for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), is a member of the executive committee for the NM Consortia for Energy Workforce Development, a member of the board of directors for BEST Robotics Inc., and a member of the board of directors for Enchantment Land Certified Development Company (ELCDC – a program that certifies SBA 504 loans that foster economic development.) She has extensive experience in economic development particularly efforts that build on collaborative partnerships with business and industry, government agencies, and other stake-holders to enhance employment opportunities for engineering students.

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Delia Valles-Rosales New Mexico State University

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Dr. Delia Valles-Rosales is Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at New Mexico State University. Delia is originally from Mexico. She received her B.S. from the Instituto Tecnológico de Durango and Ph.D. from New Mexico State University. Her research uses nature to inspire the development of innovative manufacturing processes, new processes of biomass utilization in the plastic industry, and models and algorithms for system optimization in agriculture, industry, and service areas.

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Marcelo Augusto Leal Alves University of São Paulo

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Faculty at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (Brazil) since 1996, teaching machine elements and machine design. Coordinator of the Undergraduate Program in Mechanical Engineering and Faculty Advisor if the PACE Global Vehicle Project

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Brendan P. Sullivan New Mexico State University

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Brendan P. Sullivan is a MS graduate student in the Department of Industrial Engineering at New Mexico State University (NMSU) where his research focuses on additive manufacturing and systems engineering. He holds a Masters Degree in Political Science with a concentration in international relations and security issues. Brendan has served as team lead for the NMSU institutional involvement in the Partnership for the Advancement of Engineering Education (PACE), is vice chair of the Institute for Industrial Engineers student chapter, has been a member of the NMSU Model UN team, and provides varied experiences from living and studying in both Finland and Austria. He currently serves as a Technology Commercialization Advisor for the NMSU Arrowhead Center, the technology transfer division of the university, and was recently named a University Innovation Fellow under the NSF and NCIIA Epicenter program at Stanford University. His academic and personal background has contributed to his ability to advance global engineering educational opportunities within and external to the NMSU curriculum.

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Abstract

Global Applications for Project Integrated Learning through Engagement in the Partnership for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE)The purpose of this work is to document the process implemented to develop experientiallearning opportunities for undergraduate students in STEM disciplines through a collaborativeglobal PACE-University partnership. PACE is an innovative educational model that promotesthe integration of learning with real world problems in a global design and manufacturingenvironment through an extensive network of industry and university partners. The goal is togather evidence that project-integrated learning (PIL) is an excellent way to minimize the gapbetween industry expectations and students’ employability attributes such as soft skills(communication, critical thinking, problem solving, team work, etc.) The literature extensivelyrepeats the importance of fostering joint participation between universities and companies ineducational projects to lessen the gap between higher education and labor market requirements.This paper documents the methodology employed to create and implement a pioneering PACE-University partnership that recognizes the pedagogical value of learning experiences beyond aformal curriculum. The goal of this experiential learning approach is to complement thetraditional engineering education approach of producing engineers with hard technical skillsincorporating educational experiences in industry. The methodology exposes students to a hybridcombination of technical challenges of design, prototype, and manufacturing of a portableassisted mobility device (PAMD) within the context of an international competition where globalcollaboration is a key component to advance manufacturing concepts – the quick transfer ofscience and technology into manufactured products and processes – into practice. The over-arching goal of the PAMD design competition was to provide an alternative and convenientmode of limited distance transportation for individuals residing in urban settings with additionalmarket opportunities identified as individuals that walk to school, work, or travel betweenbuildings that are physically spread across a large geographic area. This internationalcollaboration effectively equipped members of a multidisciplinary team with the knowledge andskills required to take a project from initial design concept to full-scale manufacturing includingdesign of the proposed manufacturing facility. Each PACE-team consists of 4 to 6 universitiesfrom several countries and continents. The students are forced to communicate and cooperate ina global environment with different cultures, different languages and different time zones like ina typical global company. This requires a high sophisticated project management,communication platforms and data management. The entire group of students utilized industryaccepted engineering design processes to ensure the final PAMD prototype met the pre-specified weight, size and functional parameters set forth by PACE. Manufacturing aspects takeninto account included ergonomics, comfort of the product for the consumer, the potential marketfor the product, consumer safety, and identification of the PAMD build of materials ensured bothlow-cost and functional attributes. It is expected that the new engineering graduate will be readyto enter into the professional life with a strong technical background and being sensitive to thechallenges posed by diversity and cultural differences.

Sullivan, P. A., & Valles-Rosales, D., & Alves, M. A. L., & Sullivan, B. P. (2015, June), International Applications for Project Integrated Learning through Engagement in the Partnership for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE International Forum, Seattle, Washington. https://peer.asee.org/17145

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