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Biological & Agricultural
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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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