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Linking Engineering Technology With A Business Administration Program

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Global Engineering in an Interconnected World

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8.827.1 - 8.827.6



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Wieslaw Grebski

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Rajeshwar Amireddy

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Lori Singer

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Judith O'Donnell

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Session 2360

Linking Engineering Technology with a Business Administration Program

Raj R. Amireddy, Wes Grebski, Judith O’Donnell and Lori Singer

Raj R. A mireddy, Engineering Instructor / Wes Grebski, Associate Professor & Mechanical Engineering Program Coordinator / Judith O’Donnell, Women's Studies Instructor & Advising Center Coordinator / Lori Singer, Business Instructor & Busin ess Program Coordinator, PSU Hazleton, 76 University Drive, Hazleton, PA 18202, USA

Abstract  The paper describes the curriculum of the individualized option in the baccalaureate Business Administration program. The individualized option is a multidisciplinary curriculum which links the Mechanical Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology associate degree programs with the baccalaureate Bachelor of Science in Business degree program. Graduates from this program will be prepared for management positions in the manufacturing industry


The competitive job market of the 21st century forces college graduates to seek and develop unique and rare skills. The acquisition of these skills is often the deciding factor in achieving employment goals. In a constantly changing work environment, these interdisciplinary skills are more important than ever before. As a result of this situation the accrediting body, ABET, has encouraged and supported interdisciplinary projects in the curriculum. Much support was given to the project at Penn State Hazleton that involved the coupling of business and engineering, since it was in line with some new goals set forth by ABET which included the encouragement of multidisciplinary courses.

Curricular Issues:

Penn State Hazleton offers traditional mechanical technology and electrical technology programs. These programs are ABET accredited and are offered in Hazleton at the associate degree level. The graduates of these programs can either seek employment or continue their education at the baccalaureate level. A majority (approximately 80%) of the students continue their education in the baccalaureate degree programs (Fig. 1).

Unfortunately, those baccalaureate degree options are not available at Penn State Hazleton. Depending on the choice of major, most students continue their education at the Capital College in Harrisburg, the Altoona College, or the Berks-Lehigh Valley College. Penn State Hazleton also offers associate and baccalaureate degree programs in business administration. Similar to the engineering technology students, business administration students who graduate with an associate degree can either enter the job market or continue their education in a baccalaureate degree

“Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Grebski, W., & Amireddy, R., & Singer, L., & O'Donnell, J. (2003, June), Linking Engineering Technology With A Business Administration Program Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11689

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