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Transatlantic Interaction with European Project SemesterAbstractThis paper describes successful interaction between engineering colleges in the United States andsimilar institutions engaged in the European Project Semester program, EPS, located throughoutEurope. This interaction involved both participation of teaching and international studentexchange. The EPS program described herein was designed to promote student exchange andstudent interaction between EPS institutions in a multidiscipline and multi-universityenvironment in Europe. The primary purpose of EPS is to address engineering design in juniorand senior years. Under the author’s guidance, many students from the United States haveparticipated in this primarily European program for the benefit of broadening the educational andcareer horizons of these students as well as gain valuable insight to international approaches ofengineering design. Students from the United States, in almost every case, commented that theirexperience was significant in establishing a vision for the future, forming career choices, andestablishing lifelong goals. However meeting engineering senior design requirements in somecases has been problematic due to academic calendar adjustments, parochial attitudes towardinternational exchange, and interpretation of ABET senior design requirements by somemembers of the faculty at their home institutions. Establishing a like-EPS program in the UnitedStates remains a meaningful but elusive goal because of fundamental funding differencesbetween the European Union and engineering institutions in the United States.
Abata, D. L., & Andersen, A., & Krause, W. B. (2013, June), Transatlantic Interaction with European Project Semester Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22649
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