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The Career Compass Professional Development Program

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Middle Atlantic ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference



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April 9, 2021

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April 9, 2021

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April 10, 2021

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Frank E. Falcone P.E. Villanova University

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Professor Falcone is the Director of Professional Development & Experiential Education in the College of Engineering at Villanova University. His current primary focus is the leadership and management of the College's Professional Development Program entitled CAREER COMPASS. His primary fields of technical interest and experience are in Hydraulics, Hydrology, Fluid Mechanics, Water Resources and International Water Resources Master Planning. In addition to teaching numerous technical courses, he has also taught Professional Practices in Engineering and Engineering in the Humanistic Context which are courses focused on exploring a wide range of leadership, management & ethical issues confronting engineers and engineering students on a day-to-day basis.
Prof. Falcone is a registered professional engineer, a founding diplomat in the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, a retired Captain of the U.S. Navy, a former William C. Foster fellow at the U.S. Department of State and a consultant for the U.S. Department of State in the field of International Arms Control. In 2017, he was awarded the EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Philadelphia Section.

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Gayle F Doyle Villanova University

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Ms. Gayle Doyle is the Associate Director for Undergraduate Student Services and Program Operations in the College of Engineering at Villanova University. In this capacity, Ms. Doyle is responsible for numerous undergraduate recruitment activities, for providing liaison with the College’s Admissions Committee, for collaborating with leaders of the student organizations and for administering the Career Compass Program. Administration of the Career Compass Program requires managing the ‘Top hat’ learning management system for all students, monitoring student progress and communication with individual students as necessary.

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‘Abstract’ January 26, 2021

Middle States ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference

The Career Compass Professional Development Program College of Engineering, Villanova University

In November 2020, The Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET), officially recognized the Career Compass Program in the College of Engineering at Villanova University as an ‘Institutional Strength’. Career Compass is a mandatory professional development program for all 1st, 2nd & 3rd year engineering students. A 4th year Career Compass elective course, to be included in a future College of Engineering Honors Program, is also offered for all engineering seniors.

Predominantly ‘online’ oriented, Career Compass is designed to help prepare undergraduates for their entry into professional engineering careers, graduate education and/or other professional career paths. Its focus is on developing a wide range of skills including leadership, management, ethical behavior, professional etiquette & communication.

The ASEE Zone 1 Conference Presentation will be designed to discuss the founding, establishment and history, to date, of Career Compass, its goals, its delivery system, specific subjects of Career Compass Modules, its methods of grading & assessment and its long term value for our engineering students.

Career Compass is now becoming known as a benchmark, cutting edge professional development program among colleges of engineering nationwide.

Falcone, F. E., & Doyle, G. F. (2021, April), The Career Compass Professional Development Program Paper presented at Middle Atlantic ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference, Virtual . 10.18260/1-2--36324

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