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International Collaborative dual MS degree program

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2017 ASEE International Forum


Columbus , Ohio

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June 28, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Michael McInerney Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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PhD Physics From University of Kent, England; MS Electrical Engineering from University of Cincinnati. Taught in several colleges in the US, Philippines, Korea; packaging consultant Fairchild Semiconductor; currently interested in image processing.

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Azad Siahmakoun Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Azad Siahmakoun received his Ph.D. in Physics from University of Arkansas in1988. He joined Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1987 where he is now a professor of Physics, Optical Engineering, and Associate Dean of Faculty. Siahmakoun is a SPIE Fellow (The International Society for Optical Engineering), OSA Senior Member, and Founding Director of Micro-Nanoscale Devices and Systems (MiNDS) Facility since 2003.

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Wonjong Joo P.E. Seoul National University of Science and Technology Orcid 16x16

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Wonjong Joo is a professor of Seoul National University of Science and Technology (Seoul Tech) and was a vice president of ABEEK (Accreditation Board of Engineering Education in Korea) for 2012-2014. He has been a director of Seoul Tech’s Innovation Center for Engineering Education (ICEE) & Hub Center for 8 years and was a president of Korea Association of Innovation Center for Engineering Education for 2009-2012 and 2016-2017.
His role in ABEEK was to lead the Committee of Criteria of Accrediting Engineering Programs. His role in ICEE is to coordinate 60s ICEE universities for sharing the outcomes of the ICEE project. He graduated from Mechanical Engineering Departments of Seoul National University (BS), KAIST (MS), and University of Illinois at Chicago (Ph.D) and his research area includes interferometric measurements, automatic fringe pattern analysis, and vision inspections.

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International Collaborative Dual MS Degree Program

Wonjong Joo*, Azad Siahmakoun, Michael McInerney, Segrio Granieri

Department of Physics & Optical Engineering Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 5500 Wabash Avenue Terre Haute, IN 47803, USA

*Department of Mechanical System Design Engineering College of Engineering Seoul National University of Science and Technology 232 Gongneung-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul, Korea

In this paper we describe our international collaborative dual MS degree program with Seoul National University of Science and Technology (Seoul Tech). Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) has been offering Optical Engineering offering BS and MS degrees since 1990. The MS draws only a few students annually and around 2010 we worried that we would not have enough students to run the program. At the same time the university in Korea with which we had ties, Seoul Tech, changed its mission from ‘Technical University’ to ‘National University’. The new designation meant it had to expand its graduate programs. The time was right to develop the dual degree program which has successfully solved our mutual problems. Working together the students receive an MS in Optical Engineering (OE) from Rose-Hulman and a degree in Mechanical Systems Design Engineering (MSDE) from Seoul Tech. This dual degree is the only program in Korea specifically in optics. We will address several key questions regarding the Dual MS Degree Program, such as: How we agreed and managed a working curriculum for this program? What benefits this program has had for RHIT and our partner institution, Seoul Tech? What benefits students have from gaining two MS degrees? What challenges we’ve had in establishing a double degree program? How we overcome them? How we sustain our relationship with Seoul Tech? What other programs/partnerships materialized at our institution as a result of this program? Finally, we talk about the "lessons learned" that are worth noting.

McInerney, M., & Siahmakoun, A., & Joo, W. (2017, June), International Collaborative dual MS degree program Paper presented at 2017 ASEE International Forum, Columbus , Ohio.

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