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Research University as a Center of Internationally-Focused Training Innovative-Economy Engineers

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2017 ASEE International Forum


Columbus , Ohio

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June 28, 2017

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Vasily Ivanov graduated from Kazan State Chemical and Technological Institute (today Kazan National Research Technological University, KNRTU) in 1976. He continued his research and obtained a Ph.D. in Engineering in 1986. At the same time, he held the administrative positions in the regional system of education management. He received the position of the First Vice-Rector of KNRTU for Academic Affairs in 1989, which he has held since then. He received the degree of Doctor of Science in Education for his dissertation “Designing the Contents of Professional Pedagogical Training for Faculty of Technical Universities” in 1996. Professor Ivanov enhanced the development of engineering pedagogy at KNRTU as a separate subject and a research discipline. He investigates the problems of engineering pedagogy in the following areas: continuing psychological and pedagogical education in an engineering university; teaching methods for engineering disciplines in an engineering university; innovative engineering education; continuing professional development programs.
Vasily Ivanov chairs the Academic Council for Defense of Ph.D. and Doctorate Thesis in Engineering Pedagogy at KNRTU for degrees in “Theory and Methods of Teaching Chemistry in Schools and Universities” and “Theory and Methods of Professional Education”. Under his supervision, 11 Ph.D. dissertations and 3 doctorate dissertations in engineering pedagogy were defended.
Since 2012, Vasily Ivanov has been a member of American Society for Engineering Education, and has participated in ASEE Annual Conferences and International Forums. Professor Ivanov has been an active member of IGIP Russian Monitoring Committee since the day of its foundation in 1995. Under his leadership, in 1997, a Center of Engineering Pedagogy was founded at KNRTU with an accredited European Engineering Educator program. He was the key driver of the 42d IGIP International Conference “Global Challenges in Engineering Education” held in Kazan in 2013. Vasily Ivanov has published over 400 research and methodology works, including 20 monographs, 38 textbooks and study guides, 92 papers in the leading peer-reviewed journals, 35 papers in international journals.

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Mansur Galikhanov Kazan National Research Technological University

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Dr. Mansur Galikhanov is vice-director of the Institute of Additional Professional Education at Kazan National Research Technological University in Kazan, Russia. Born in born in Kazan in 1972, he received the specialist degree from the Institute of Polymers, Kazan State Technological
University, Kazan, Russia in 1995, a Ph.D. degree from the Kazan State Technological University in 1999 and Doctor of Technical Sciences degree (the highest research degree in the country) from the KSTU in 2010. He has been a full professor in the Department of Processing Technology of Polymers and Composite Materials of the Kazan National Research Technological University, Kazan, Russia since 2009.
His scientific interests include properties and structure investigation of electrets based on such polymer compositions as filled polymers, polymer blends, multilayer and sandwiched materials; processing of polymer electret materials; utilization of electrets materials as an active packaging that extends shelf life of food products.

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Farida Tagirovna Shageeva Kazan National Research Technological University

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Doctor of Education, Professor of the department of Engineering Education and Psychology, Dean of the Faculty of Additional Education at the Kazan National Research Technological University. Scientific interests: educational technologies, innovations in educational practice.

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The Republic of Tatarstan is one of the most stable and fastest growing members of the Russian Federation with a highly diversified industry base. However, this growth is threatened by a lack of engineers to guarantee this innovative economy. A project of successive vocational training of engineers has been developed at Kazan National Research Technological University (KNRTU) to meet this challenge. KNRTU is uniquely positioned to address this need with a well-developed multilevel vocational training system, an efficient educational process integrated with the research and facilities of laboratories and research centers, and many networking and international cooperation opportunities.

In this paper, we describe the project as exemplified by the discipline of Composites studied within the Polymers and Composites Processing training program. The curriculum has four levels with progressively increasing depth and complexity. It starts with a Materials Science course for undergraduates followed by a Basics of Developing Polymer Composites course for graduate students. Within the postgraduate program, the project continues with the General Principles of Developing Polymer Structural Materials. The program continues with continuous education of active engineers, who return to upgrade their qualifications and/or do additional practical courses. The topics of these continuous education courses include Advanced Polymer Nano-Composites and Innovative Technologies of Processing Polymers and Composites in an occupational retraining program.

This paper deals with the content of the courses offered, their interconnection focusing on the requirements of potential employers and the use of the latest scientific results, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and new performance capabilities. For instance, the bachelor-level topic, titled Polymers with Solid Particulate Fillers, considers the aspects of mixing polymers with fillers and of the interrelations between the composite formulation and its properties. The master-level students study the causes of changes in the properties of polymers when being filled. At the postgraduate level the matters of creating composites with pre-defined properties are analyzed while the returning professional from industry are more focused on the practical aspects of manufacturing polymer composites and products based on them.

The project gives some of courses and activities in mixed groups, such as postgraduates with professionals and bachelor-level/master-level students, creating combined teams for solving mini projects. The efficiency of such lessons is enhanced due to the focused creation of pedagogical situations involving students into social relations within the professional context.

An interesting part of such training is the internships of postgraduates and professionals which are organized on the basis of networking cooperation with universities and partner enterprises. Thus, in the Republic of Tatarstan, such partners are PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, JSC Kazan Helicopters, JSC Kazan Synthetic Rubber Plant. Across Russia, these are the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Aviation Materials (VIAM), and the Federal Research and Production Center ALTAI. Internationally strong collaborations exist with educational, research and engineering companies from the USA, Germany, and Czech Republic, such as Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, Envidatec GmbH from Hamburg, Germany, the Research Institute of Industrial Chemistry and Explosia a.s. of the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic, etc.

The project demands continuous monitoring of the educational outcomes. Every subject starts with input tests, intermediate tests are conducted upon each topic, and then the summative assessment is performed based on specially developed criteria and academic performance indices. Moreover, questioning based on the expectations/outcomes principle at the input and at the output allows the teacher coordinating the project to ensure feedbacks and make necessary changes in the educational path. The indices of satisfaction were noted to grow when passing from bachelor level (75 %) to master level (80 %), and then, at the postgraduate level, they reach 95 %, while for career development programs, they approach to 90%, which can be explained by the higher requirements of trainees. The experiences in implementing such a successive vocational training showed its efficiency, which is proven by the findings of surveys performed on both the alumni of the Research University and their employers (the indices of the training quality satisfaction vary within the range of 75-95 %).

Ivanov, V. G., & Galikhanov, M., & Shageeva, F. T. (2017, June), Research University as a Center of Internationally-Focused Training Innovative-Economy Engineers Paper presented at 2017 ASEE International Forum, Columbus , Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29296

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