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M.S. in Engineering Technology: Examples from Control Systems

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Graduate Education in ETD

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Engineering Technology and Graduate Studies

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25.909.1 - 25.909.21



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Enrique Barbieri University of North Texas

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Enrique Barbieri received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Ohio State University in 1988. He was on the faculty of the School of Engineering at Tulane University as Assistant Professor (1988-1994) and as Associate Professor (1994-1996) in the Electrical Engineering Department, as well as Associate Professor (1996-2002) and Chair (1996-1998) of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. In Aug. 2002, he joined the University of Houston as professor and Chair of the Department of Engineering Technology, College of Technology (2002-2009). He then served as Associate Dean for research and graduate studies for the College of Technology (2009-2010) and returned to full-time faculty in fall 2010. He was Director of the Center for Technology Literacy (2006-2010), and a member (2006-2011) and Chair (2007-2009) of the Executive Council of the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center. In Jan. 2012, he joined the University of North Texas as professor and Chair of the Department of Engineering Technology, College of Engineering. His teaching and research interests are in the control systems engineering technology area. He is a member of the ASEE and a senior member of the IEEE - Control Systems Society.

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Vassilios Tzouanas University of Houston, Downtown

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Vassilios Tzouanas is an Assistant Professor of control and instrumentation in the Engineering Technology Department at the University of Houston, Downtown. His research interests focus on process control systems, process modeling, and simulation. His industrial professional experience includes management and technical positions. He is a member of AIChE.

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MS in Engineering Technology: A View from Control SystemsAbstractIn the decades following the 1955 Grinter report, over 96 U.S. institutions have developedTAC/ABET B.S. degrees in Engineering Technology (ETEC), with at least 50 of thesesustaining enrollments of 200+ students in fall 2010 according to ASEE data. On the other hand,since the 1980’s only about 14 institutions have created master’s degrees in ETEC. Onefundamental question posed in the opposing debate is whether ETEC curricula rise to thenecessary scientific rigor of traditional M.S. degrees. Hence, some programs have evolved fromMaster of Science in Technology or Master of Technology versions.This article describes the requirements of an M.S. in ETEC – Systems Control Technology andasserts that the M.S. in ETEC can stand on equal footing with M.S. programs in any other field –particularly in engineering when viewed from the perspective of (i) the scientific level ofgraduate ETEC courses; (ii) the roles that ETEC graduates perform in the engineeringprofession; and (iii) the philosophy of research in ETEC. Although examples may be drawnfrom any ETEC area, these perspectives are undertaken using a graduate level course in digitalcontrol systems touching on pre-requisites, mathematics depth, the typical requirements andspecifications language used in the design of a digital control system, the tools and techniquesneeded to solve the problem, and the fulfilled expectations regarding the philosophy of researchin ETEC. Finally, two student project examples from Biomedical and Chemical ETEC are alsopresented to highlight the program rigor. Ultimately, ETEC programs at the undergraduate andgraduate levels will continue to play a critical role in increasing the number of qualifiedprofessionals entering the engineering profession.

Barbieri, E., & Tzouanas, V. (2012, June), M.S. in Engineering Technology: Examples from Control Systems Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21666

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