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The United States-Brazil Engineering Exchange Program: Lessons Learned

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Conference

2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Globalizing Engineering Education II: Best Practices

Tagged Topic

ASEE Global Programs

Page Count

15

Page Numbers

22.1507.1 - 22.1507.15

DOI

10.18260/1-2--18964

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https://peer.asee.org/18964

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165

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Aurenice Menezes Oliveira Michigan Technological University

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Dr. Aurenice Oliveira is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Technology program at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, since 2007. She received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Salvador, Brazil, in 1995, the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, Brazil, in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA, in 2005. Dr. Oliveira has taught several classes in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics Departments at Michigan Tech, North Dakota State University, and at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Dr. Oliveira current research interests include optical fiber communication systems, Monte Carlo simulations, digital signal processing, wireless communications, and engineering education. She has authored or co-authored 14 archival journal publications and 37 conference proceedings contributions.
From 2007 - 2011, Dr. Oliveira is serving as the Michigan Tech project director of the U.S.-Brazil Engineering Education Consortium on Renewable Energy funded by FIPSE from the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Oliveira is an ABET evaluator, and serve as panelist for NSF projects. Dr. Oliveira has also been contributing to several STEM K-12 outreach initiatives, and to the NSF-ADVANCE initiative at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Oliveira is a member of the IEEE Photonics Society, the IEEE Women in Engineering Society, and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

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Ivan T Lima Jr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Dakota State University

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Dr. Ivan T. Lima, Jr., received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Salvador, Brazil, in 1995, the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, Brazil, in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in the field of photonics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA, in 2003. In 2003, Dr. Lima became a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA, where he is currently an Associate Professor with tenure. Dr. Lima is a senior member of the IEEE Photonics Society and of the IEEE EMBS society. In 2006, Dr. Lima was as a Faculty Fellow in the 2006 U.S. Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program in the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, OH. Dr. Lima research interests have been devoted to optical communications, optical coherence tomography, volumetric displays, and biomedical engineering.

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Abstract

U.S.−Brazil Engineering Exchange Program: Lessons LearnedKey Words: global competence, global citizen, global-ready graduate, intercultural competence,cross-cultural communication, international education.Abstract:Nowadays, engineering graduates are required to work in an increasingly globalized world, where mostlarge engineering projects currently require multi-national teams of multi-disciplinary professionals towork together and, therefore, a better understanding of the global economy, communication skills,cultural awareness, and interpersonal skills are critical to engineers. In this context, universities aroundthe world are increasingly moving to establish international partnerships in their educational and researchprograms.One of the main purposes of international programs is to provide students value-added technical andcultural experiences. Study abroad programs are recognized as high-impact educational experiences.However, engineering students typically do not have the same variety of offerings of internationalprogram as students of other disciplines have, such as humanities or social science students. In this paper,the authors provide an overview of the critical aspects of developing a consortium among two universitiesin the U.S. and two Brazilian universities with the goal of establishing a self-sustainable student exchangeprogram in undergraduate engineering education. The activities in this project include the establishmentof an agreement between the institutions, the implementation of a course transfer process, and thedevelopment of a procedure for foreign language training and cultural preparation. In addition, we alsodiscuss the key lessons learned over the first three years of the program.Our program is under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement ofPostsecondary Education (FIPSE) on the U.S. side, and under the auspices of the Coordenação deAperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior (CAPES) of the Brazilian Ministry of Education, on theBrazilian side.

Oliveira, A. M., & Lima, I. T. (2011, June), The United States-Brazil Engineering Exchange Program: Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18964

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