June 22, 2013
June 22, 2013
June 22, 2013
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The Attributes of a Global Engineer Project: Updates, Inputs, Faculty Development ConsiderationsAbstractWhat knowledge, skills, abilities, and characteristics are needed by engineering professionalsliving and working in an increasingly global context? At what stage of an engineer’sprofessional development are these attributes acquired and applied? In what ways doacademicians, employers, policymakers, and others play a role in equipping engineering studentsand practitioners with such attributes? And to what extent are there similarities and differencesin the nature of expected attributes based on one’s background or location?For the past several years, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) CorporateMember Council’s Special Interest Group for International Engineering Education developed,presented, and vetted with its stakeholders a series of attributes representing the desiredcompetencies and characteristics needed by engineers in order to effectively live and work in aglobal context. An online survey was launched to validate the performance and proficiencylevels of each attribute, including the stages at which attributes were essential to the preparation,performance, and employability of global engineers. Educators, employers, students, andprofessional engineers throughout the global engineering community were invited to participatein the survey. To promote input and obtain feedback from the largest possible global engineeringaudience, ASEE collaborated with the International Federation of Engineering EducationSocieties (IFEES) to make the survey available in several languages. Furthermore, we haveconducted focus groups with international stakeholders to help translate the attributes intodefined learning outcomes.We are now at the phase of the project where we will begin conducting faculty developmentworkshops to further define learning outcomes-per-attributes, and to determine where in anengineer’s educational preparation the attributes need to be introduced, reinforced, and assessed.This workshop will describe the stakeholder-driven process to identify and define attributes of aglobal engineer, including survey development and sampling procedures; present a summary ofkey findings-to-date; highlight the recommendations and implications of how findings should beused to enhance engineering education; and engage participants in discussions to permitadditional input and perspectives on the Attributes of a Global Engineer Project. Suchwidespread international faculty development and input surrounding this project will strengthenits overall outcomes and impact on engineering education and workforce preparation.
Hundley, S., & Brown, L. G. (2013, June), The Attributes of a Global Engineer Project: Updates, Inputs, Faculty Development Considerations Paper presented at 2013 ASEE International Forum, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/17269
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