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Why Did the EM Study Abroad Program Become one of the Most Popular on Campus?

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Engineering Management Division Technical Session 1

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Engineering Management

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24.1378.1 - 24.1378.9



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Kate D. Abel Stevens Institute of Technology (SES)

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Kate Abel serves as the as the director of the bachelor of engineering in engineering management program in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in technology management and applied psychology. She has held several professional service positions, including president of the Engineering Management Division of ASEE and president of Epsilon Mu Eta, the engineering management honor society. She teaches courses in total quality management, engineering economics, entrepreneurial analysis of engineering design, statistics for engineering managers, management of engineering and technology, and senior design. Her research areas include knowledge engineering as well as knowledge and information management. She has been published several times, including chapters in Eshbach's Handbook of Engineering Fundamentals and in Engineering Economic Analysis; in journals such as the Engineering Management Journal and the Journal of Engineering Education; and several conference proceedings. She is a member of the advisory board at West Point for the department of systems engineering. She is also a member of several professional societies, including ASEE, ASEM, ASME, and EMH.

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Eric Specking University of Arkansas Orcid 16x16

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Eric Specking serves as the director of undergraduate recruitment for the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He directs the engineering recruitment office and most of the College of Engineering’s K-12 outreach programs. He received a B.S. in computer engineering and an M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas.

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Why Did the EM Study Abroad Program Become one of the Most Popular on Campus?Traditionally, less than 1% of American college students study abroad. But study abroadbecame very popular at XXX in 2013. In 2013, the Engineering Management Program atXXX instituted a new study abroad program which was reported about generally in anarticle presented at the 2013 ASEE Conference. The Engineering Management StudyAbroad program consisted of a two-week intensive XXX course, taught by a XXXprofessor in Italy. To further enhance the experience, students from the University ofMexico, Guadalajara and the University of Naples also participated in the 2013 course. Itended up being the most popular Study Abroad program in XXX’s history. It is theintent of the Engineering Management program at XXX to run the course again in 2014.The proposed study for this article is to survey the applicants in the 2014 EngineeringManagement study abroad program to determine what it is about this particular courseand program that has spurred such interest and desire on the part of the students tosuddenly participate in study abroad. The goal of the study would be to gain knowledgeabout these factors in order to be able to duplicate the situation for other study abroadopportunities at XXX, and perhaps elsewhere.

Abel, K. D., & Specking, E. (2014, June), Why Did the EM Study Abroad Program Become one of the Most Popular on Campus? Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23311

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