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When Emerging Technologies Cross Academic Boundaries: Collaboration or Competition?

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

A Technology Potpourri II

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Engineering Technology

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Barbara Christe Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis

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Barbara Christe is a professor and director of the healthcare engineering technology management program in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She coordinates a unique academic program that prepares engineering technology graduates to support the safe and effective use of medical equipment in the clinical setting. Dr Christe has a bachelor's degree and master's degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette University and Rensselaer at Hartford respectively. Her doctorate is in higher education administration from the University of Phoenix. She conducts research in the clinical applications of radio frequency identification technologies (RFID) as well as STEM student retention.

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Joe Tabas Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis

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Joe Tabas is a lecturer of Engineering Technology at the IUPUI school of Engineering Technology. His areas of research include digital electronics and data communication for medical devices and industrial control systems.

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Institutional barriers associated with disciplinary boundaries created by departments can prove particularly challenging to the approval and implementation of new academic credentials. This paper will utilize a case study technique to analyze the proposal and approval pathway of a certificate focused on medical device cybersecurity in an engineering technology department at a mid-western urban university. From inception through implementation, the paper will examine existing academic boundaries that may be crossed by emerging technologies. The challenges of the process can illuminate the hurdles of collaboration and inform readers who seek to implement other academic courses or programs in emerging areas.

Christe, B., & Tabas, J. (2018, June), When Emerging Technologies Cross Academic Boundaries: Collaboration or Competition? Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31238

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