June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
College Industry Partnerships
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Local and Remote Unrelated Universities Partner on Industry-Taught CourseAbout a dozen industry engineers from a single company taught a three credit elective coursecalled Combustion Engineering to chemical engineering seniors and graduate students at a localuniversity. The course included both theory and application for technologies related to industrialcombustion and pollution control. The textbook for the course was written by the company thatmanufactures equipment for a wide range of industries and is located a short distance from theuniversity. A multimedia company was hired to professionally videotape the lectures, whichwere posted online for a distance course for a similar group of students at a remote, unrelateduniversity. All three organizations benefitted from this unique college-industry partnership. Theprimary interest of the company was finding potential candidates to hire. The local universitydoes not have particular expertise in combustion, but has a history of supplying the companywith high quality engineering graduates to work in a broad range of roles, such as projectmanagement and manufacturing, that did not require prior combustion knowledge. The remoteuniversity has an internationally-recognized program in combustion and also has a history ofproviding the company with high quality engineering graduates with combustion training. Thelocal university was able to offer their students an elective in an area outside the faculty’sexpertise. The course showed the students how the theory they learned in previous courses suchas heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and chemistry is applied to real-world problems. Exposure tothe company provided the students with potential job opportunities. The city where the companyand local university are located is well known for its employers in this area of technology, so thestudents received valuable training of interest to other local employers as well. While the facultyat the remote university has considerable combustion expertise, they do not have as muchpractical experience as the company, so their students, many of whom were studyingcombustion, also saw how their previous theory courses could be applied in industry. The remoteuniversity provided a teaching assistant who helped with local issues and who graded thestudents’ work. Since the company had already delivered the lectures, there was relatively littleadditional effort required by including the remote university. The company visited the remotecampus at the beginning of the course to meet the students and at the end of the course to heartheir project presentations, which were of specific interest to the company. There were somechallenges to this arrangement. The projection system at the local university was not adequatefor producing high quality videos, so the multimedia company brought a large high definitionmonitor into the classroom each time. There was some delay for the remote university studentsgetting the videos, which had to be downloaded to their own computers because the files weretoo large to stream effectively. The paper will describe the partnership, elaborate on the benefitsand challenges, and suggest recommendations for such arrangements.
Baukal, C. E., & Price, G. L., & Silcox, G. D., & Newton, M., & Phipps, T. L. (2013, June), Local and Remote Unrelated Universities Partner on Industry-Taught Course Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19887
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