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The State of the Use of Standards in Engineering and Technology Education

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

ABET Accreditation, Assessment and Program Improvement in ECE.

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Electrical and Computer

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23.1233.1 - 23.1233.33



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Ahmed S. Khan DeVry University, Addison, IL Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Ahmed S. Khan is a Senior Professor in the College of Engineering and Information Sciences at DeVry University, Addison, Illinois. Dr. Khan has more than thirty years of experience in research, instruction, curricula design, development, evaluation, implementation and program accreditation, management and supervision.

Dr. Khan received an MSEE from Michigan Technological University, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management., and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University. His research interests are in the areas of Nanotechnology, Fiber Optic Communications, Faculty Development, Application of Telecommunications Technologies in Distance Education, and Social and Ethical Implications of Technology. He teaches Wireless Engineering, Network Engineering, Fiber Optic Communications, Science Technology and Society (STS), and Project Management. He also advises students on their senior design projects. He is the author of many educational papers and presentations. He has authored/coauthored the following books:

• Nanotechnology: Ethical and Social Implications (2012)
• Technology and Society: Issues for the 21st Century and Beyond 3E, (2008)
• The Telecommunications Fact Book and Illustrated Dictionary 2E (2006)
• Fiber Optic Communication: An Applied Approach, Prentice Hall, N.J.(2002)
• Technology and Society: A Bridge to the 21st Century (2002)
• Technology and Society: Crossroads to the 21st Century (1996)
• Technology and Society: A Spectrum of Issues for the 21st Century (1994)
• The Telecommunications Fact Book and Illustrated Dictionary (1992)

Dr. Khan is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), and a member of American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and has been listed in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. Dr. Khan also serves as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

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Aminul Karim DeVry University, Downers Grove, IL

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Amin Karim is a visiting professor at the college of engineering and information science at DeVry University. Prior to this position, he served as the national director of the college of technology and Health Sciences at DeVry. He is a past Chair of the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology Department Heads Association of the American Society for Engineering Education and served as a TAC of ABET evaluator for engineering technology programs. He is a member of the Standards Education Committee for IEEE.

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Jennifer A McClain IEEE

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Jennifer McClain has been with the IEEE for over fifteen years. She spent eight years with the IEEE Standards Association aiding working groups with the standards development process, editing standards and as the Managing Editor of the Standards Information Network, publishing handbooks and guides to help with the implementation and understanding of standards. She is currently the Program Manager for Standards Education in the IEEE Educational Activities Department. Ms. McClain holds a B.A. from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

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The State of the Use of Standards in Engineering and Technology EducationDuring the past several decades, the economy of a country has been significantly affected byglobalization and technology. Government regulations and private sector standards affectmajority of world trade. Countries have been working together to establish internationalstandards in almost every field. As a result, workers in all sectors need to have understanding ofstandards. Engineering and technology students must not only possess an understanding ofengineering standards and applicable government codes, but also learn to apply them indesigning, developing, testing and servicing products, processes and systems. ABET’s criteria forengineering and technology education require students to learn and apply standards in theirclass projects.This paper is a follow-up of a 2007-2009 NSF initiative awarded to IEEE to help develop tutorialsand case study modules for students and encourage standards education at college campuses.It presents the findings of a faculty/institution survey conducted through various U.S. basedlistservs representing the major engineering and technology disciplines during fall, 2012. Theintent of the survey was to the gauge the status of use of standards and regulations inengineering and technology coursework and to identify benchmark practices. In light of surveyfindings, recommendations are made to standard development organizations and universitiesto help enhance the use of standards and regulations in engineering and technology curricula.

Khan, A. S., & Karim, A., & McClain, J. A. (2013, June), The State of the Use of Standards in Engineering and Technology Education Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22618

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