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What Affects Engineering Students’ Global Competency?

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2017 ASEE Mid Atlantic Section Spring Conference


Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

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April 7, 2017

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April 7, 2017

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April 8, 2017

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Trent J. Williams

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Kyle Shuman E. Shuman


Sadan Kulturel-Konak Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus

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Sadan Kulturel‐Konak is a Professor of Management Information Systems at Penn State Berks where she is also the Coordinator of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI) Minor and the Director of Flemming Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) Center. She received her degrees in Industrial Engineering; B.S. from Gazi University, Turkey, M.S. from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey and from the University of Pittsburgh, and Ph.D. from Auburn University. Her research interests are in modeling and optimization of complex systems and robustness under uncertainty with applications to facility layout, reliability, and scheduling. She has published her research in numerous journals including IIE Transactions, OR Letters, INFORMS Journal on Computing, INFORMS Transactions on Education, International Journal of Production Research, European Journal of Operational Research, and Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing Computers. She is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). She is currently the chair-elect of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Mid-Atlantic Section. She has been a principle investigator in sponsored projects from National Science Foundation (NSF) and Venture Well.

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The world is more globalized today than it has ever been before and globalization continues to be at the heart of business around the world. This new trend comes with many great challenges for college students throughout the world. Students must now be globally aware in order to remain competitive in today’s globalized society. This paper will focus on understanding what factors affect the global competency of engineering students. A survey was created to assess students’ global awareness knowledge. The study focuses on students’ responses to knowledge-based questions regarding different global content/issues. By analyzing students’ responses and correlating them to the background information of the students, we will discuss which factors influence students’ global awareness knowledge. This paper does not seek to gauge students’ interest in global issues, but rather discover which factors play a role in their knowledge of the globalized world. The discussions will be presented based on statistical analysis of student responses to the survey.

Williams, T. J., & Shuman, K. S. E., & Kulturel-Konak, S. (2017, April), What Affects Engineering Students’ Global Competency? Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Mid Atlantic Section Spring Conference, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. 10.18260/1-2--29269

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