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Joining Hands: Using Consortia to Efficiently Create Easily Accessible International Experiences for Engineering Students

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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International Division Technical Session 1

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24.832.1 - 24.832.14



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Sabeen A. Altaf Institute of International Education

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Sabeen Altaf is currently the Senior Program Officer for Science and Technology Programs at the Institute of International Education (IIE). She manages the Whitaker International Program which sends emerging U.S.-based biomedical engineers abroad to study and/or undertake a self-designed research project, along with the Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3) Program, a leading international consortium for undergraduate engineering exchange. Sabeen has worked in the non-profit sector since 2002, focusing on education and international development. In 2002, Sabeen joined the Aga Khan Foundation in Karachi, Pakistan where she worked on economic development projects for rural areas. Between 2004 and 2008, Sabeen worked at the Arab American Institute where she oversaw scholarship programs and fundraising. In 2009, Sabeen moved to New York City to work as a Development Consultant. Sabeen earned her Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota – Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in 2001.

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Eck Doerry Northern Arizona University

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Eck Doerry is a Professor of Computer Science at Northern Arizona University. His research interests currently center around Engineering Education, focusing on interdisciplinary and international teaming approaches to teaching engineering design. Internationalization of STEM education has been a particular passion for Dr. Doerry, and he has developed numerous initiatives to promote international exposure for engineers since arriving at NAU in 1999, including an International Engineering and Science Certificate program, and the Global Engineering College project, an NSF-funded exploration of a comprehensively internationalized curricular model for engineering education. In 2011, he was asked to lead development of the Global Science and Engineering Program (GSEP), an ambitious large-scale initiative to establish a comprehensive program for STEM internationalization uniformly spanning all engineering, math and natural science disciplines at NAU.

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Larry J. Shuman University of Pittsburgh Orcid 16x16

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Larry Shuman is senior associate dean for academic affairs and distinguished service professor of industrial engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh. He is currently the Chair of the Global Engineering Exchange Executive Committee. He was also instrumental in developing an exchange agreement between the University of Pittsburgh and the UAS7. Dr. Shuman is the founding editor of Advances in Engineering Education, and an ASEE Fellow. He holds a BSEE from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD in Operations Research from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Edward Randolph Collins Jr. P.E. Clemson University

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Randy Collins is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate and International Studies in the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University. He is also a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Collins earned the BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in South Carolina and a Senior Member of the IEEE. His technical research interests lie in the areas of electrical power and energy. He has three prize paper awards, two US patents related to electrical energy, and has won several teaching awards. As Associate Dean, he oversees the undergraduate programs for more than 5000 engineering and science students at Clemson. Additionally, he is responsible for the college's international affairs and study abroad programs, accreditation, curriculum, instruction, and recruiting, and serves on the team leading a university-wide internationalization project. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Global E3 consortium. During the 2012-2013, Collins was selected as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, and in 2013-2014 was selected to serve as a Provost Fellow at Clemson.

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Top 3 Topics abstract fits into from “Call for Papers:”Authors: Sabeen Altaf, IIE; Randy Collins, Clemson Univeristy, Eck Doerry, Northern Arizona University;Larry Shuman, University of Pittsburgh1. Needs, Opportunities, and Challenges for Global Engineering Education2. Programs for engineering students to gain international experience3. International Collaborations, Experiences, Partnerships, Service LearningPaper Title: Creating innovative study abroad opportunities for engineering students through Consortia.The paper addresses how two consortia-based programs - Global Engineering Education Exchange(Global E3), administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), and Germany’s UAS7(University of Applied Sciences 7) consortium, were created to address both real and perceivedobstacles that engineering students face when considering a study abroad experience, including issuesrelated to cost, credit, and housing. The paper will present an overview of why these two programswere created, document how they have grown, their ability to respond to current needs in engineeringeducation, remaining challenges for each, and then draw some conclusions about the future of the twoprograms. We will discuss the advantages to both students and institutions of consortia programs andsome of the concerns. We will also address how programs such as Global E3 and the UAS7 modelattempt to navigate various higher education systems, responding to both old and new challenges increating a “globally competent” engineer. We will also address how consortia programs can help fosternew approaches to study abroad. Finally, the paper will describe how the respective consortium-basedprograms have helped internationalize the field of engineering education by creating strategicpartnerships around the world and using the respective programs as a platform for long-termcollaborations amongst institutions that go beyond student mobility.

Altaf, S. A., & Doerry, E., & Shuman, L. J., & Collins, E. R. (2014, June), Joining Hands: Using Consortia to Efficiently Create Easily Accessible International Experiences for Engineering Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20723

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