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Succeeding in a Trans-Continental Academic Partnership - Renewable Energy Desktop Learning Gasification Module

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2015 ASEE International Forum


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

Conference Session

Concurrent Paper Tracks - Session I

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International Forum

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19.31.1 - 19.31.9



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Jacqueline Gartner Ph.D. Washington State University

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Jacqueline Burgher is a graduate student at Washington State University in the Chemical Engineering Department. She received her bachelor's degree from Anderson University, worked in industry, received an MBA from Anderson University and is currently working with Prof. Bernard J. Van Wie on fabricating, optimizing, and implementing a miniaturized gasification system for use in the engineering classroom.

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Bernard J. Van Wie Washington State University

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Prof. Bernard J. Van Wie received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D., and did his postdoctoral work at the University of Oklahoma where he also taught as a visiting lecturer. He has been on the Washington State University faculty for 32 years and for the past 18 years has focused on innovative pedagogy research and technical research in biotechnology. His 2007-2008 Fulbright exchange to Nigeria set the stage for him to receive the Marian Smith Award given annually to the most innovative teacher at Washington State University.

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ASEE AbstractInternational ForumSucceeding in a Trans-Continental Academic Partnership – Renewable Energy DesktopLearning Gasification ModuleBurgher, J.K.; Thiessen, D.B.; Van Wie, B.J.International collaboration between the Washington State University, and the National Re-search Institute for Chemical Technology and Ahmadu Bello University, in Zaria, Nigeriawhich grew from a relationship initiated during a Fulbright Exchange. This discussion fo-cuses on two aspects in establishing successful international research partnerships: first,an administrative component examining how to establish and maintain international rela-tionships that fosters successful trans-continental research efforts and second, a practicalapplication focusing on research exchange centered on developing and implementing a bi-ogasification system for use in the classroom with a team of undergraduate students fromeach respective location. These two components are natural progressions, and takeawaysfor successful research collaboration include a solid understanding of differences in cul-tures and values, a mutual understanding between each group to undertake pieces of theproject within the capabilities of their own facilities as well as recognition and adaptabilitywhen technological constraints hinder project progression.

Gartner, J., & Van Wie, B. J. (2015, June), Succeeding in a Trans-Continental Academic Partnership - Renewable Energy Desktop Learning Gasification Module Paper presented at 2015 ASEE International Forum, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--17154

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