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Trans-Atlantic Biosystems Engineering Curriculum and Mobility (TABE.NET)

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Biological & Agricultural Technical Session II

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Biological & Agricultural

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22.1540.1 - 22.1540.8



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Mary Leigh Wolfe Virginia Tech

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Dr. Mary Leigh Wolfe is Professor and Interim Head in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) at Virginia Tech. Dr. Wolfe conducts research and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focused on hydrologic modeling, nonpoint source (NPS) pollution control strategies, and decision support tools for NPS pollution control and watershed management. She is active in the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, including two terms on the Board of Directors/Trustees and in leadership roles on technical committees. She is currently serving on the ASABE Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Wolfe has been very active in accreditation of engineering educational programs, including serving as chair of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. for the 2007-08 accreditation cycle. Dr. Wolfe is a Fellow of ASABE, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE), and ABET, Inc.

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Nicholas M Holden University College Dublin

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Associate Professor
UCD Biosystems Engineering,
Dublin, Ireland

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Demetres Briassoulis Agricultural University of Athens

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Professor D. Briassoulis has a very strong background in education and research in both Agricultural Engineering (Diploma, AUA, 1976; M.S. 1982 & Ph.D. 1985 in Ag. Engineering, University of Illinois) and in Civil Engineering (M.S. 1985 & Ph.D. 1987 in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois). He has led and worked in many projects in structural and agricultural engineering and materials. He has published over 160 papers in refereed journals and proceedings of international congresses. He has gained a great deal of experience and demonstrated efficient management skills as being coordinator of three LLP projects and 16 EU research projects. He has published 25 papers in the field of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering studies in Europe (

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Francisco Ayuga Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, BIPREE Research Group

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Catedratico (Professor) since 2002, previously Profesor Titular (Associate Professor) since 1987 always at UPM. Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering. President of CEIR, Spanish section of CIGR. Teaching subjects on Strength of Materials, Building Structures (concrete and steel), Foundations, Earth Works, Agricultural Building Design, Agrifood Industries Design, Rural Roads, Silos and Tanks. Total number of papers 263- 66 articles in scientific journals (37 in English and 29 in Spanish), 10 technical books or chapters in technical books (two in English), 187 conference papers (in English and Spanish). Total number of research projects 53. Supervisor of 17 Ph.D. theses. Member of the educational thematic networks USAEE (Europe), POMSEBES (Europe and USA), ERABEE (Europe), and TABE.NET (Europe and USA).

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Giacomo Scarascia Mugnozza University of Bari, Italy

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Trans-Atlantic Biosystems Engineering Curriculum and Mobility (TABE.NET)Four European and two U.S. universities have formed a consortium called TABE.NET(Transatlantic Biosystems Engineering). The overall goal of TABE.NET is to advanceinternationalization of Biosystems Engineering (BSEN) curricula and develop a globalawareness within the discipline. Two types of activities are being pursued to accomplish thegoal: curriculum development and student and faculty mobility experiences. The curriculumdevelopment activities are being accomplished through project teams comprised of membersfrom the six partner institutions. At least five faculty members from each institution are involvedin the following curriculum development activities: (1) defining the common threads within thediscipline of BSEN; (2) creating a database of multinational examples that can be drawn upon byinstructors around the world; (3) developing an introductory course to the discipline, “What isBSEN?”; (4) developing a major design experience course; and (5) developing a course oninnovation and entrepreneurship for engineers. The courses and database are being developed insuch a way that they will be available to programs around the world to implement completely orselectively. For example, the “What is BSEN?” course is being developed as a set of modules,with each module focused on a particular BSEN concept. Each module includes a variety ofactivities, such as lectures, laboratory exercises, homework, and projects, to demonstrate severalapplications of the concept. Each module is being developed by a team that is reaching out toadditional faculty at each partner institution. The curriculum development teams will haveprototypes developed by spring 2011, with implementation beginning in fall 2011.Student and faculty mobility experiences will enhance the global perspectives and will create acohort of students aware of, and able to work in, a global employment market. Twenty-four (24)students will have the opportunity for funded travel scholarships each way across the Atlantic.The first students traveled abroad in fall 2010, with each student studying abroad for one or twosemesters. The impact of their experience abroad on their global perspectives is being evaluatedwith pre- and post-travel questionnaires concerning social, cultural, language, and professionalaspects of their host and home countries. The faculty mobility experiences will be conducted inconjunction with the curriculum development activities and with a goal of further enhancinginternational collaboration among individual faculty members as well as institutions.The project is being funded by the EU-US Atlantis program of the U.S. Department of Educationand the European Union.

Wolfe, M. L., & Holden, N. M., & Briassoulis, D., & Ayuga, F., & Mugnozza, G. S. (2011, June), Trans-Atlantic Biosystems Engineering Curriculum and Mobility (TABE.NET) Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18353

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