June 22, 2013
June 22, 2013
June 22, 2013
ASEE International Forum
21.58.1 - 21.58.7
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. https://peer.asee.org/17263
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