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Universities Collaborate With Industry To Fill Need For Hands On Workshops

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



Conference Session

Programs that Serve Industry & Academia

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Continuing Professional Development

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13.1317.1 - 13.1317.6

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Lakshmi Munukutla Arizona State University

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Lakshmi Munukutla received her Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio and M.Sc and B.Sc degrees from Andhra University, India. She has been active in research and published several journal articles. She is the Chair of the Electronic Systems Department at Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus.

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Carol Popovich Corporate member, Microchip Technology Inc.

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Carol Popovich has over 30 years experience in all aspects of business, including Operations Management, Budgeting, Sales, Marketing, and Finance. She currently works for Microchip Technology Inc., coordinating their University Program, with a focus on encouraging schools and universities to teach course work based on Microchip's architecture, thus preparing students to become the engineers of tomorrow.

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John McGrane Microchip Technology Inc.

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John Magrane is the Technical Training Manager, America for Microchip Technology Inc. in which he manages live customer training programs thought the America. He has twenty-five years experience in the electronics field in positions that include hardware and software design, manufacturing and test management and field applications engineering management.

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Universities Collaborate With Industry to Fill Need for Hands-On Workshops


There are many indices that point to a market need for hands-on workshops to educate a changing global workplace. A collaborative effort offering industry-driven workshops addresses this issue. In its October 13, 2003 issue, Electronic Design magazine surveyed its readers to assess attitudes about needs for continuing education.1 The results drew the following conclusions:

71% of surveyed engineers had employers paying for learning 50% of surveyed engineers participated in formal classes and conferences The most desired topics were DSP; C/C++ programming; communications and RF design; and analog1

Couple these statistics with students who wish to incorporate hands-on learning in their curriculum, and you have an audience for 1-2 day workshops that address a market need for instruction, due to rapid technology changes.


Students entering college today will graduate to a different world. In an article in the winter 2006 edition of Marquette, the magazine of Marquette University, author Barbara Abel writes about this changing landscape. She cited a 2004 book, The Jobs Revolution: Changing How America Works, which projected that between 1991 and 2015, the number of U.S. jobs requiring skilled workers would increase from 50% to 76%.2 “None of the top ten jobs that will exist in 2010 existed today,” the book says quoting U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley. Those jobs will require technology that’s still being developed. The most important thing a student can do today is learn to learn.”3 Ms. Abel continues “the book also notes that the emerging work force must be flexible, ready to spend a lifetime learning new skills because new kinds of work will continually be created and old ones will vanish.”4

The effects of technological change on economies and the struggle to keep pace have been discussed by many others. In a paper on the economic importance of patents, The European Patent Office stated “Today’s economy is becoming increasingly knowledge-based and intellectual property in the form of patents plays a vital role in this growth. Between 1992 and 2002, the number of patents filed in Europe, Japan and the United States grew by more than 40 percent.”5 In a paper entitled “Innovation and Growth,” the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) wrote, “This velocity of innovation is enabled by technology, feeding on itself, permitting the management of the private enterprise model to alter its composition with remarkable speed. At the same time, that invention is opening new product and marketing possibilities for the customers of those goods and services, sometimes shifting demand so quickly that even the most sophisticated modelers cannot predict tomorrow.”6 In other words, educators are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist.

Munukutla, L., & Popovich, C., & McGrane, J. (2008, June), Universities Collaborate With Industry To Fill Need For Hands On Workshops Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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