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Preparing Global Engineers that Can Develop End-to-End Solutions for Real Business Objectives on the Cloud: a Unique HP-Academia Partnership

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2013 ASEE International Forum


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 22, 2013

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June 22, 2013

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June 22, 2013

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Reception & Poster Session

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21.58.1 - 21.58.7



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Lueny Morell Hewlett-Packard Corporation

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Lueny Morell, MS, PE, is Program Manager in the Strategic Plannig Team of Hewlett Packard Laboratories (HPL) in Palo Alto, California where she focuses on identifying research partnership opportunities for HP Labs with emphasis on engineering/technology talent programs funded by external organizations. Currently, Lueny also has a role in catalyzing the adoption of the HP Institute curriculum worldwide. Since joining HP Labs in 2002 she has lead the development of various strategic partnerships with governments, HP customers and partner universities to catalyze ideas, resources and develop talent for innovation. Lueny has a BS in ChE from the University of Puerto Rico and an MS in ChE from Stanford University. Before joining HP, Lueny was full professor of ChE at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus where she held various positions including associate dean of engineering and director Campus R&D. Recipient of various awards including the prestigious US National Academy of Engineering Bernard M. Gordon award for innovations in the engineering curriculum, she is a licensed engineer, an IEEE Senior Member, an ASEE Fellow, an ABET reviewer and member of various national and international boards. Together with colleagues, Lueny has offered more than 90 engineering education, curriculum/learning environments innovation workshops around the world.

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Preparing Global Engineers that Can Develop End‐to‐End Solutions for Real Business Objectives on the Cloud: a Unique HP‐Academia Partnership  ABSTRACT Universities and industry have different missions and goals in society, yet both rely their success on  developing  people  and  generating  new  ideas  that  have  a  positive  impact  on  societies  and economies.  Both universities and industry generate and transfer knowledge, but they often do so  in  silos,  isolated  from  each  other.  On  the  other  hand,  industry  and  other  employers  of engineers as/IT  professionals are requiring universities to enhance the learning experience so that students develop competencies that go beyond just technical knowledge [by the way, may accreditation  criteria  nowadays  respond  to  this  claim].  Industry  and  employers  want  recent graduates to possess the knowledge and skills that allow them to solve real life problems and design solutions with business constraints.  Employers need engineers with the IT expertise that translate  business  objectives  into  technology  strategies  and  end‐to‐end  solutions.    Research conducted for HP provides market intelligence for IT professionals, technology providers, and institutional investors in 2011 showed that 60% of executives believe there’s a lack of skills and expertise  in  IT  professionals  that  “hampers”  the  ability  to  execute  cloud  strategies  and solutions.    This  study  sent  a  powerful  message  to  HP  leadership:  for  HP’s  partners  and customers  rapidly  respond  to  the  demands  of  today’s  businesses  they  needed  a  new  IT  and engineering professional.  This paper will briefly share the results of the 2011 study and describes the program that HP developed  for  universities  to  jointly  address  the  needs  identified  by  executives.  Launched  in mid‐2012,  the  program  called  the  HP  Institute,  provides  a  complete  learning  system  for students  and  professionals  in  the  workforce  —  including  courseware,  hands‐on  labs,  practice tests, and certification exams—that goes well beyond simple concepts and product knowledge and  ends  in  the  industry’s  first  architect‐level  certification  designed  for  academia,  validating real‐world  skills  and  prepares  students  for  employment  in  small  and  medium  business environments.  In  addition,  the  paper  shares  several  universities’  experiences  regarding  their incorporation of the HP Institute track into their curricula and continuous education offerings. Finally, the authors describe other HP’s programs for universities (e.g., HP Labs internships and postdocs opportunities, HP LIFE‐ entrepreneurship training via the cloud, HP Catalyst program and  engineering  curriculum  innovation  workshops  to  help  bridge  the  gap  between  how  we teach  and  the  practice  of  engineering  led  by  one  of  the  authors  who  won  the  US  National Academy of Engineering 2006 Gordon Prize for the engineering curriculum innovation known as the Learning Factory). We believe the HP Institute is one way of preparing the global engineer through a very unique win‐win industry‐university partnership that incorporates innovative use of technology, online techniques, efficient curricula and real, business challenges. 

Morell, L. (2013, June), Preparing Global Engineers that Can Develop End-to-End Solutions for Real Business Objectives on the Cloud: a Unique HP-Academia Partnership Paper presented at 2013 ASEE International Forum, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--17263

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