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Transatlantic Interaction with European Project Semester

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Curriculum and Program Developments, Exchanges, Collaborations, and Partnerships

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23.1264.1 - 23.1264.13



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Duane L. Abata South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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Dr. Abata has worked in academia for over thirty years at universities and with the Federal government around the country. He began his career at the University of Wisconsin, served as Associate Dean and Dean at Michigan Technological University and then at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. as program manager in the Engineering Directorate. From 2003 to 2004, Dr. Abata was President of the American Society for Engineering Education. Following his appointment at NSF he served as Dean of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Northern Arizona University and Dean of Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Dr. Abata organized and was successfully awarded a research center in bioenergy, CBERD, funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Abata is currently the Executive Director of this industry-university consortium. In addition to this research center, Dr. Abata is active with international engineering education and participates in an ten university consortium in the European Union that provides international engineering design opportunities for students in engineering and science. His area of research is bioenergy utilization and combustion.

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Wayne B. Krause South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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Dr. Wayne B. Krause is a semi-retired professor emeritus (mechanical engineering) at the S. D. School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T). He currently teaches thermal science courses in the department. Dr. Krause has been involved in engineering education for over 35 years. Previously, he was head of the mechanical engineering department and later he was dean of one of the colleges at SDSM&T. Dr. Krause is a life member of ASME and a registered professional engineer in South Dakota. Dr. Krause obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his BSME and MSME from SDSM&T.

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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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