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Introducing Industrial Organizational Training Into An Interdisciplinary Engineering/Science Graduate Program

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.407.1 - 5.407.10



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Ken Vickers

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Greg Salamo

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Session 1351

Introducing Industrial Organizational Training into an Interdisciplinary Engineering/Science Graduate Program

Ken Vickers, Greg Salamo University of Arkansas


This paper describes a new interdisciplinary graduate program between science and engineering implemented at the University of Arkansas in the fall semester of 1998. This graduate program in Microelectronics-Photonics (microEP) supplements the traditional education elements of coursework and research with non-traditional training and within-program implementation of industrial operational practices. The non-traditional training is based in the methodology that microEP students operate in an industry-like dual-reporting scheme, being supervised by both their major research professor and the microEP program director. Under the program director, the students are grouped by entry year into cohorts that manage their joint education as if it were the expected output of an industrial factory. This paper will provide an overview of the major goals of the program, the specific activities that have been implemented to meet these goals, and an evaluation of the program’s effectiveness after three semesters of operation.

I. Introduction

The education and training of the workforce necessary for global competitiveness of American industry in high technology areas, along with the proper role of academe, government, and industry in that educational process, is being examined in widely divergent industrial segments. Academic areas such as manufacturing engineering, aerospace engineering, and electrical engineering have all reported results from such studies [1-5]. These reports reveal several broad themes of educational need developing across these industrial segments:

a) Integrating technical and non-technical broad knowledge areas. b) Integrating multidisciplinary technical skills into a comprehensive knowledge base. c) Integrating global perspectives into local decision making. d) Integrating soft skill set development with traditional technical education.

It is our intent to address these broad themes at the University of Arkansas through an innovative combination of traditional coursework with an industry-like work environment, which is then overlaid on state-of-the-art research in high performance microelectronic-photonic materials,

Vickers, K., & Salamo, G. (2000, June), Introducing Industrial Organizational Training Into An Interdisciplinary Engineering/Science Graduate Program Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8509

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