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Technology Engineering And Management: An Integrated Approach To Process Design

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.501.1 - 4.501.7

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John Pongo

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Barrie W. Jackson

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Session 2323

Technology Engineering and Management: An Integrated Approach to Process Design Barrie W. Jackson Queen’s University John Pongo Hyprotech Ltd.


The Technology Engineering and Management (TEAM) program is a cooperative venture between academia and industry that is managed by the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. This program is open to senior undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering, the School of Business, and other interested departments. Recently, the scope of participation was expanded with the inclusion of students from the Environmental Studies department. Where appropriate, graduate students are added to the project group to provide a level of expertise not necessarily available from a team consisting solely of undergraduates.

TEAM is equally beneficial to the students involved and to the industrial sponsor. A unique opportunity is presented for students to work together in multidisciplinary teams, which focus on real projects for industrial clients. TEAM is an academically rigorous exercise, which involves non-traditional instructional methods such as problem-based learning, multidisciplinary teams, and self-directed project work, creating a learning environment paralleling that of a professional engineering or business office. On the client side, the project groups provide innovative solutions to engineering design and business analysis projects. Creativity can flourish since the students have not been exposed to and are not restricted by existing business rules and assumptions.


In the fall term, students participate in the foundation component of the TEAM course, where they are introduced to the concepts of basic project management and team building, in addition to industrial topics such as Health and Safety. Before the Christmas break, these skills are put into practice as the students are expected to select the project of their choice and to form teams, thereby aligning themselves with one of the potential industrial clients. Teams of 4 to 6 members (5 is ideal) are selected by the course coordinators on the basis of the students’ choices, their background, and the nature of the project, with a multidisciplinary makeup whenever possible.

At this point, the course coordinators also assign an advisor to each team. The majority of project advisors are career engineers from local industries such as DuPont and Fluor Daniel, or faculty members within the university. These people commit many hours to their teams. TEAM provides an excellent opportunity to develop relationships between the industrial clients and advisors that often leads to further research and business cooperation.

Pongo, J., & Jackson, B. W. (1999, June), Technology Engineering And Management: An Integrated Approach To Process Design Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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