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On the Development of a Student Integrated Intern Research Experience as a Pathway to Graduate Studies

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

CEED - Technical Session 1

Tagged Division

Cooperative & Experiential Education

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

23.942.1 - 23.942.12

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https://peer.asee.org/22327

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Manuel D. Rossetti University of Arkansas

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Manuel D. Rossetti is a Professor in the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of simulation modeling, logistics optimization, and inventory analysis applied to manufacturing, distribution, and health-care systems. He serves as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Modeling and Simulation and is active in IIE, INFORMS, and ASEE.

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Edgar C Clausen University of Arkansas

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Dr. Clausen currently serves as Professor, Associate Department Head and the Ray C. Adam Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. His research interests include bioprocess engineering, the production of energy and chemicals from biomass and waste, and enhancement of the K-12 educational experience. Professor Clausen is a registered professional engineer in the state of Arkansas.

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Carol Schubert Gattis University of Arkansas

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Carol Schubert Gattis is the Associate Dean of the Honors College and an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and her Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Gattis’ research areas include student recruitment, retention and diversity, as well as professional development of middle school teachers. This professional development enables teachers to more effectively teach math and science through development of engineering and math hands-on activities. As Associate Dean, Dr. Gattis manages an endowment that provides over $1-million in funding for undergraduates to engage in research and to study abroad.

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Micah Hale University of Arkansas

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Dr. Hale is an Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas. His research interests include concrete materials and structural concrete.

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Kim LaScola Needy University of Arkansas

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Kim LaScola Needy is Department Chair and 21st Century Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University. Prior to her academic appointment, she gained industrial experience while working at PPG Industries and The Boeing Company. Her first faculty appointment was at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Needy’s research interests include engineering management, sustainable engineering, engineering economic analysis, and integrated resource management. She is President-Elect of IIE as well as a member of ASEE, ASEM, APICS and SWE. She is a licensed P.E. in Kansas.

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Abstract

A national need exists for increasing the number of United States citizens who complete engineeringdegrees. The Student Integrated Intern Research Experience (SIIRE) program at the University of________ provides financial support to students from all engineering departments within the College ofEngineering. Through scholarships and integrated industry supported work experiences with on-campusresearch activities, SIIRE provides a pathway to a graduate engineering degree. This paper describes thisinnovative approach using company sponsored work experiences that aims to improve the way thatstudents and faculty interact with industry. The experiences also intend to increase the likelihood thatindustry will better value engineers with M.S. degrees. The SIIRE program advances the knowledge ofhow to integrate co-operative education with graduate research via the following elements: leveragedscholarship support, a student cohort focused on engineering research initiatives, integrated one-on-one faculty and industry joint mentoring, industry driven research topics, and course work optionsenabling completion of B.S. and M.S. degrees in 5.5 total years. This program advances the discoveryand dissemination of research that bridges undergraduate experiences with the attainment of graduateengineering degrees. Furthermore, it strengthens industry partnerships and develops highly trainedworkforces, by systematically creating a pipeline of diverse engineering professionals. This programdeveloped at the University of ________ can be readily adapted and implemented at other programsacross the nation.

Rossetti, M. D., & Clausen, E. C., & Gattis, C. S., & Hale, M., & Needy, K. L. (2013, June), On the Development of a Student Integrated Intern Research Experience as a Pathway to Graduate Studies Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22327

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