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Promoting Technical Standards Education in Engineering

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Promoting Engineering and Technological Literacy

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Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering

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Janet L. Gbur Case Western Reserve University Orcid 16x16

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Janet L. Gbur is a Doctoral Candidate at Case Western Reserve University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She obtained a B.S. in Biology/Pre-Medicine at Kent State University and a B.E. in Materials Engineering and M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering both from Youngstown State University. During her time at CWRU, she has mentored numerous high school and undergraduate student research projects that have focused on the mechanical characterization of wires used in biomedical applications. Her dissertation research investigates the effects of inclusions on the fatigue life of superelastic Nitinol fine wire and she is also involved in projects evaluating the reliability of implantable electrodes and characterizing the fatigue behavior of dental archwires. Janet is an active member of ASTM International, serving on E04 Metallurgy, E08 Fatigue and Fracture, and E28 Mechanical Testing Committees and also holds memberships in ACerS, AIST, ASM International, MSA, MRS, Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio, SAMPE, SWE, and TMS.

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Daniela Solomon Case Western Reserve University Orcid 16x16

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Daniela Solomon is Research Services Librarian for Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University. She is interested in bibliometrics, altmetrics, data management, and library instruction.

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The United States Standards Strategy, the framework developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to guide the U.S. standards system, recognizes the need for standards education programs as a high priority and recommends initiatives that address the significance and value of standards. To this intent, a novel workshop was developed in partnership with the library and the School of Engineering to raise the level of awareness of technical standards and standards usage on campus. The effort was a result of a campus-wide collaboration that provided a low-cost method of introducing technical standards and providing a foundation to develop a series of online tools accessible to the campus community. The event featured guest speakers representative of six major national and international standards bodies in addition to faculty, staff and students. The panels provided discussions on the background of the various types of standards and industries impacted, the development and implementation of these documents, the ways in which students and faculty can become more familiar with these documents and the benefit to becoming actively involved with standards organizations. The presentations and question-and-answer sessions provided a venue to learn about technical standards and to talk about ways to improve standards education within the campus community. The event was well received as shown by strong attendance and follow up to online materials continues to show activity five months following the event. This paper summarizes the implementation of the workshop, its impact, and strategies to further improve standards education on campus.

Gbur, J. L., & Solomon, D. (2016, June), Promoting Technical Standards Education in Engineering Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26005

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