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Preparing Ug Entrepreneurs And Intrapreneurs Through Cross Disciplinary Partnership Between Engineering And Business Colleges

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Building Cross-Disciplinary Partnerships

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8.938.1 - 8.938.7

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James Bryant

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Paul Swamidass

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The list of broad engineering topics covered by the sequence of courses includes but not limited to:

1. Engineering units and standards and their use 2. The design process 3. Principles of energy and thermodynamics 4. Engineering materials and their selection 5. Principles of electrical, mechanical, and industrial engineering 6. Decision making and decision models 7. Engineering issues associated with the design and production of selected products such as golf balls and golf clubs—these are diagnostic cases. 8. Engineering issues associated with Ford Explorer and Firestone controversy, and several similar real-life cases—another diagnostic case.

The first batch of students will graduate in May 2003. In a few years, we expect to gather information on how the graduates from our program fared in regards to entrepreneurship and other success factors. (NOTE: We expect develop data comparing BET graduates with others prior to graduation. The first batch graduates in May 2003.)

Dr. Paul Swamidass. Dr. Swamidass is Professor of Operations Management and the Associate Director of the Thomas Walter Center for Technology Management, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA. He is an honorary Visiting Professor at Cranfield University, UK. He teaches the course, Innovations and Technology Strategy in the B-E-T program described in this paper, and the course, Operations and Technology Strategy to MBA students. He has published over 75 items in the form of research papers, book chapters, conference proceedings, and articles in professional journals. He edited The Encyclopedia of Production and Operations Management (2000), and the book Innovations in Competitive Manufacturing (hardcover 2001; paperback 2002). He is the coeditor of the book Cross-Functional Management of Technology: Cases and Readings (1996). He is the author of the series of manufacturing technology studies titled Technology on the Factor Floor (1992, 1994 and 1998) based on studies conducted with the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation and the National Association of Manufacturers, USA. His research on manufacturing technology has been quoted or cited in The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, and others.

James O. Bryant. Jr., Associate Dean for Cross Disciplinary Studies and Director, Thomas Walter Center for Technology Management, Auburn University, is responsible for developing joint programs between the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Business. Dr. Bryant is the director of the new Business-Engineering-Technology Program that leads to a minor offered jointly by the colleges of engineering and business. He is the former director of the USEPA's Southern Regional Radon Training Center. He has over 30 years experience in environmental engineering, education and training. Dr. Bryant has extensive international experience primarily in Latin America and the Middle East. He served as a consultant to the World Bank to evaluate training and certification of water quality personnel in Mexico, served as training manager for USAID water systems development project in Yemen Arab Republic, and assisted USAID to develop terms of reference for institutional development of the Egyptian water and wastewater sectors. Dr. Bryant holds degrees from Clemson University (B.S.Ch.E. and Ph.D.) and Rice University (M.S.).

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. Copyright ©, American Society for Engineering Education.

Bryant, J., & Swamidass, P. (2003, June), Preparing Ug Entrepreneurs And Intrapreneurs Through Cross Disciplinary Partnership Between Engineering And Business Colleges Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

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