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Strengthening The U.S. Engineering Workforce For Innovation: A Progress Report Of The National Collaborative Initiative

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Professional Graduate Education and Industry

Tagged Division

Graduate Studies

Page Count

24

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14.1075.1 - 14.1075.24

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https://peer.asee.org/4779

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Donald Keating University of South Carolina

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DONALD A. KEATING is professor emeritus, mechanical engineering, College of Engineering, University of South Carolina, past chair of the Graduate Studies Division, and chair of the National Collaborative Task Force.

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Thomas Stanford University of South Carolina

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THOMAS G. STANFORD is assistant professor of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina.

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Norman Egbert Rolls-Royce Corporation

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NORMAN F. EGBERT is vice president, Engineering and Technology, Rolls-Royce Corporation.

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Roger Olson Rolls-Royce Corporation

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ROGER N. OLSON is lead stress analysis engineer, Rolls-Royce Corporation, and a director of the College Industry Partnership Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.

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Joseph Rencis University of Arkansas

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JOSEPH J. RENCIS is professor, head, and the 21st century leadership chair in engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Arkansas.

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Eugene DeLoatch Morgan State University

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EUGENE M. De LOATCH is dean, School of Engineering, Morgan State University, and a past president of the American Society of Engineering Education.

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Mohammad Noori North Carolina State University

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MOHAMMAD NOORI is dean, College of Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, and secretary/treasurer Graduate Studies Division.

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Edward Sullivan California Polytechnic State University

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EDWARD SULLIVAN formerly associate dean and professor of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, California State Polytechnic University sadly passed away as we wrote this paper. We will miss him greatly.

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Joseph Tidwell Arizona State University Polytechnic

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JOSEPH P. TIDWELL is director, of the joint alliance of companies managing education for technology JACMET, and community liaison, College of Technology and Innovation, Arizona State University Polytechnic, and past chair College Industry Partnership Division of the American. Society for Engineering Education.

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Duane Dunlap Purdue University

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DUANE D. DUNLAP is professor and associate dean, College of Technology, Purdue University, and chair of the Graduate Studies Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.

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Stephen Tricamo New Jersey Institute of Technology

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STEPHEN J. TRICAMO is professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and former dean, College of Engineering and Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Strengthening the U.S. Engineering Workforce for Innovation: A Progress Report of the National Collaborative Initiative

“America’s economic and political standing are fundamentally bound to the capacity for innovation. To compete in the rapidly developing global economy, advancing a national innovation agenda must be a priority for U.S. public and private sector leadership.” Innovate America: Thriving in a Word of Challenge - 2005 Council on Competitiveness

“... We must ensure that the United States is the premier place in the world to innovate.” Rising Above the Gathering Storm Committee - 2006 National Academy of Sciences

Abstract

This is the first of four invited papers prepared for the special panel session of the ASEE-National Collaborative Task Force for Engineering Graduate Education Reform. This paper presents an overview of the initiative. The paper reaffirms the National Collaborative strategy that the present and future industrial strength of U.S. technology for economic prosperity and national security is ultimately reflected in the strength and innovative capacity of the nation’s engineering infrastructure in industry for technology development and innovation. This strength must be sustained by a strong U.S. system of professional graduate engineering education directly relevant to the growth needs of the U.S. engineering workforce in industry which is the primary mainstay of our competitiveness as a nation.

1. Proposed ─ A Bold Initiative

The National Collaborative Task Force, comprised of leaders from industry and universities across the country, proposes to initiate, guide, and implement a major advancement in U.S. professional graduate engineering education that ─ Recognizes that the future industrial strength of U.S. technology for economic prosperity and national security is ultimately reflected in the strength and innovative capacity of the nation’s engineering infrastructure in industry for technology development and innovation. Recognizes the national imperative in winning the skills race and strengthening U.S. innovation through professional graduate engineering education specifically designed to unlock the creative, innovative and leadership potential of the U.S. graduate engineering workforce in America’s industry. Provides degreed engineers, employed in industry, a new type of world-class professional graduate education that is integrative with the engineer’s experience and on-going creative engineering work to improve the technological competitiveness of regional industry across the nation. Integrates the modern paradigm of the process of engineering for technology innovation with practice that enables the engineer to create, develop, and innovate new technology and improvements specific to his or her sponsoring company as a primary ingredient of the engineer’s advanced studies program. Provides a coherent approach for the lifelong learning of experienced working professionals through the professional master’s and professional doctor of engineering levels that enables career progression and development of leaders at all engineering levels from entry-level through chief engineer / vice president level responsibility of corporate planning, technical program making and technology policy making.

Keating, D., & Stanford, T., & Egbert, N., & Olson, R., & Rencis, J., & DeLoatch, E., & Noori, M., & Sullivan, E., & Tidwell, J., & Dunlap, D., & Tricamo, S. (2009, June), Strengthening The U.S. Engineering Workforce For Innovation: A Progress Report Of The National Collaborative Initiative Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/4779

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