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The Development Process Towards Achieving a Framework for Incorporating Virtual Teams into Projects in Engineering Courses

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Engineering Management Division Technical Session 1

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Engineering Management

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26.1516.1 - 26.1516.13



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S. Jimmy Gandhi California State University, Northridge

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Dr. S. Jimmy Gandhi is an assistant professor at California State University, Northridge. His research interests and the courses he teaches includes Quality Management, Lean Manufacturing, Innovation & Entrepreneurship,Sustainability as well as research in the field of Engineering Education. He has over 30 conference and journal publications and has brought in over $500K in research grants to The California State University, Northridge.

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Jennifer A Farris Texas Tech University


Mario G. Beruvides Ph. D. Texas Tech University

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Dr. Mario G. Beruvides is the AT&T Professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of the Laboratory for Systems Solutions in the Industrial Engineering Department at Texas Tech University. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering and an MSIE from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Ahmad R Sarfaraz California State University, Northridge

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Undergraduate instruction in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and graduate instruction in Engineering Management. Current research focuses on operations research, operations management, AHP and Fuzzy AHP, and economic analysis. Author and co-author of over 30 journal publications. Extensive industry experience and consulting in systems analysis, expert systems, and operations modeling. Recipient of Engineer’s Council Merit Award for the year 2002 and 2005. Director of Engineering Management program and graduate coordinator of the MSEM department.

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A Framework for Incorporating Virtual Teams into Projects in Engineering CoursesAs the digital age advances, it is perhaps not surprising that the growth rate for studentscorresponding electronically is increasing greatly. This includes students who are working onprojects in their classes. However, team dynamics is always a significant issue for students whenworking on teams and continues to be an even bigger source of concern for them once theygraduate and go out into the work force.In this paper, the authors layout a framework for incorporating projects into engineering courseswhere students are required to work on projects virtually (with student project members locatedat two universities) and hence be better prepared for ‘real world work scenarios,’ when theygraduate and go into industry. This course curriculum design and research will include mappingengineering management courses between two engineering departments at two universitiesacross the country and creating distributed project teams, by virtue of which the students wouldbe compelled to work both traditionally (intra-university) and virtually (inter-university) andlearn about managing partially distributed teams. Pedagogically, the researchers/professors willalso be compiling information and lessons learned in coordination of this inter-universityeducational endeavor.

Gandhi, S. J., & Farris, J. A., & Beruvides, M. G., & Sarfaraz, A. R. (2015, June), The Development Process Towards Achieving a Framework for Incorporating Virtual Teams into Projects in Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24854

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