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Lessons Learned Creating a BSET with a Regional Campus Model

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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ET Curriculum & Programs

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Engineering Technology

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Aimee T. Ulstad Ohio State University Orcid 16x16

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Aimee Ulstad, P.E is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Integrated Systems Engineering Department at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio State, Aimee was an industry professional in various field in engineering for over 30 years. Aimee received her degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration from Ohio State. She began her career as a packaging equipment engineer at Procter and Gamble, then moved to Anheuser-Busch where she worked for over 27 years. She worked as project manager, engineering manager, utility manager, maintenance manager, and finally as the Resident Engineer managing all technical areas of the facility. During her tenure, the brewery saw dramatic increases in productivity improvement, increased use of automation systems, and significant cost reductions in all areas including utilities where they received the internal award for having the best utility usage reduction for 2014. Since joining Ohio State, Aimee has joined the American Society of Engineering Educators and serves as the treasurer of the Engineering Economics division.

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Kathryn Kelley Ohio State University Orcid 16x16

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Kathryn Kelley serves as executive director of OMI; she has more than 20 years' experience in program leadership and strategic communications at industry-oriented higher education, economic development and statewide technology organizations. She collaborates with state and national partners to develop regional and national public policy to support manufacturing innovation, advocate for small- and medium-sized manufacturing needs within the supply chains and remove barriers between academia and industry.

Activities include:

- Working with Ohio Development Services Agency and Ohio MEP affiliates on a roadmapping pilot project to determine manufacturing needs and technical solutions by manufacturing processes
- Serving as principal investigator on the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program to support companies and communities affected by defense spending cuts
- Helping to develop the human network for the Ohio Innovation Exchange with the Ohio Department of Higher Education on a research expertise portal project that will connect Ohio academic and technical institutions with industry partners
- Producing a "Manufacturing Tomorrow" podcast series on iTunes University to highlight innovative manufacturers and the partnerships that propel their efforts (
- Collaborating with state and national partners on advanced manufacturing education pathways and manufacturing engineering technology programs
- Organizing industry-focused events such as the Central Ohio Manufacturing Resource Forum
- She is dedicated to researching and issuing action-provoking reports on advanced manufacturing trends, workforce development and disruptive technologies.

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Teresa A. Johnson Ohio State University

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Teresa A. Johnson, Ph.D. is an assistant director and the Coordinator for Assessment and Curriculum Design at the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching at The Ohio State University. She earned a doctorate in Microbial Ecology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught in the sciences at Butler University and at the College of Wooster. Her pedagogical research has focused on classroom assessment techniques and impacts of prior knowledge on student learning in the sciences. Her current interests are course and curriculum design, articulation of learning outcomes, and evaluation of teaching strategies.

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A large Midwestern University has had a nearly 150-year history of educating students. Engineering is one of the largest majors at this institution with a population of about 8,000 undergraduate engineering students. However, there are unmet needs in the current environment including: • Some students who would likely be strong engineers are not persisting due to an engineering education system that is highly theoretical that doesn’t give them the hands-on environment they seek. • Employers are desperately searching for engineering talent with hands-on skills. • Employers often want to hire graduates locally because they are likely to want to stay in the area. Graduates from the four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering traditionally have not actively sought working in smaller, more rural manufacturing facilities.

With these challenges, there are also new possibilities. This university has regional campuses that have traditionally served as feeder campuses to the core engineering program. These campuses currently offer the first one or two years of engineering curriculum including the same calculus, science, and first-year engineering courses that are housed at main campus. Further, the regional campuses are co-located and partner with local community colleges with extensive engineering labs and equipment used in many manufacturing settings.

Researchers at the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University have determined that nationally, the digitally integrated manufacturing enterprise will have major workforce implications, resulting in a much higher-skilled manufacturing workforce that relies on broadly skilled and educated applied engineers that understand production processes. An opportunity exists for strategic collaboration by manufacturing employers and educational providers to develop a broader and deeper pool of new and incumbent talent to meet rapidly changing needs.

Employer needs for local talent, students’ interest in pursuing an applied engineering degree, and community college partnerships create what appears to be an ideal opportunity that would be ripe for a four-year Bachelors of Science in Engineering Technology in Manufacturing.


The purpose of this paper is to chronical the challenges, victories, and lessons learned in what is expected to be a two-year journey to convert this project from a vision to an approved and accredited best-in-class program that begins to admit and educate students to support regional industries. This project will be shared with others in the engineering education community.

Ulstad, A. T., & Kelley, K., & Johnson, T. A. (2019, June), Lessons Learned Creating a BSET with a Regional Campus Model Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33058

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