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Teaching Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management Through Study Abroad Program: A Case Study

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Latest Trends and Implementations in Manufacturing Education

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26.1475.1 - 26.1475.15



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Esther Rodriguez-Silva Ph.D.

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Bimal P. Nepal Texas A&M University

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Teaching Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management through Study Abroad Program: A Case StudyIn the 21st century’s globalized economy, like any manufacturing enterprise, today’s engineers facecompetitions from all directions. Engineers must understand the socio-economic dynamics and businessculture globally even to succeed locally. Recognizing the need, many engineering schools in the U.S.have started offering ethics and study abroad programs (SAP) to their undergraduate students. Ourresearch shows that selection of countries for SAP has been widened significantly in the recent years.For example, in the nineties, the US Universities were offering the SAP mostly in European and NorthAmerican (particular Mexico) countries. In the recent years, that list has been expanded significantly tothe countries of emerging economies like Brazil, Russia, China, and India. This paper will present asurvey of U.S. engineering schools’ study abroad program and lessons learned from those programs.More importantly, we present a case study of a study abroad program offered by XXXXX College ofEngineering at a major university in the southwestern United States. This program is fully sponsored bythe industry meaning that students actually work on the real world industry projects. The sponsorcompanies also cover the majority of expenses of the class. Students collect the data during the globaltrip and work on the projects chosen by the sponsor company. Students have to make preliminarypresentation during the trip to validate the understanding of their problem. The course is offered duringSummer I semester. Towards the end of semester, students make final presentation to the CEO andother executives of the company via Video conference. In this paper, we present a case study of abovementioned college’s 2014 study abroad program to China. The project results and lessons learned fromthe program are discussed in detail in the paper. In addition, the paper provides a good benchmark forother engineering schools that may be considering similar programs in the emerging markets around theworld.

Rodriguez-Silva, E., & Nepal, B. P. (2015, June), Teaching Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management Through Study Abroad Program: A Case Study Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24812

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