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Preparing Engineers For The Global Workplace: Iowa State University

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Conference

2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Preparing Engineers for the Global Workplace

Tagged Division

International

Page Count

7

Page Numbers

11.1014.1 - 11.1014.7

DOI

10.18260/1-2--1160

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https://peer.asee.org/1160

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Shannon Miner Iowa State University

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Shannon Miner, M.Ed., is a Program Coordinator in Engineering International Programs & Services at Iowa State University. Her research interests are centered around the cultural acclimation of students during international experiences.

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Andrew Riha Iowa State University

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Andrew Riha received a BS in Computer Engineering at Iowa State University in 2005. Throughout his undergraduate career, he has participated in a semester-long study abroad program at the University of Newcastle in Australia, and he has been actively involved in the Society of International Engineers. He is currently pursuing his MS in Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, and his technical interests include space-based embedded systems, communications, and Astronomy

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Julia Apple-Smith Iowa State University

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Julia Apple-Smith, Director of International Programs and Services for the College of Engineering, has served the college since September 1999. After graduating from Iowa State University in 1983, she worked in human resources for Hewlett-Packard Co., Shaeffer Eaton, Inc., and returned to Ames at Sauer-Sundstrand (now Danfoss) Co. in 1989. Coming back to her alma mater in 1998 in the Program for Women in Science and Engineering, Julia joined the college as Assistant Director in Engineering Career Services, taking over the administration of EIPS in 2000.

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Preparing Engineers for the Global Workplace: Iowa State University

Abstract

Iowa State University’s College of Engineering recognizes the importance of study and work abroad in an engineering student’s education. As such, it is the task of the Engineering International Programs & Services (EIPS) department at Iowa State University to promote and foster study and work abroad programs among students in the College of Engineering. In this paper, we discuss the methods utilized by EIPS in order to achieve the goal of doubling the current number of students studying and working abroad. Specifically, we highlight how strategic partnerships are created, how students and faculty are actively involved in recruiting and support programs and how EIPS is promoting study and work abroad through collaboration with other departments at Iowa State University.

I. Introduction

To remain competitive in an increasingly global economy, Iowa State University’s College of Engineering urges students to consider studying and working abroad. The Engineering International Programs & Services department (EIPS)1 promotes international opportunities to a student body of 4,700 undergraduate and 900 graduate students – the 7th largest undergraduate enrollment in the U.S. As Figure 1 shows, in just five years, study abroad participation has tripled with over 160 engineering students studying and working abroad each year (students working abroad are not included in Figure 1).

ISU Engineering Students Studying Abroad

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fall 100 spring summer 80 total

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0 1999-2000 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 fall 14 15 17 21 11 32 spring 16 28 41 59 50 73 summer 26 53 69 74 87 47 total 56 96 127 154 148 152 Academic Year

Figure 1 – ISU Engineering Students Studying Abroad

Miner, S., & Riha, A., & Apple-Smith, J. (2006, June), Preparing Engineers For The Global Workplace: Iowa State University Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1160

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