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Win Win Win: The Engineer In Residence Program At Ohio Northern University.

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education

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9.1423.1 - 9.1423.6



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Barry Farbrother

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WIN, WIN, WIN: THE ENGINEER IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM AT OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY. Barry Farbrother1, Kevin Stoodt2, Brad Crombie3, Ryan Korkos4, Matt Launsbach5, Jacqui Wagner6, Katie Zwingler7.

A collaborative effort between the T.J. Smull College of Engineering at Ohio Northern University (ONU), and Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (MAP) provides benefits for the corporation, the university and for students. The program provides an office within the college of engineering from which a practicing professional – the Engineer in Residence – operates. The Engineer-in-Residence is an employee of MAP, not ONU. The EiR office space is leased under an annual contract, which includes the provision of some support services – utilities, housekeeping, LAN/www, telephone and security – plus 24/7 access to the Biggs Engineering building. The facility is a scaled-down professional office providing a dedicated space for the EiR, and several engineering cubicles for use by college of engineering undergraduate students. Each station contains a computer workstation, which is linked to the ONU LAN thereby enabling students to gain access to MAP’s LAN. Currently engineering students are working on more than fifty projects under the direction of the EiR. The program provides students with opportunities to work on real world projects in an environment that parallels the workplace. The agreement also provides a mechanism whereby college of engineering faculty members may invite the EiR to participate in class activities. For up to 15 hours per academic quarter the EiR may be called upon to address workplace-related issues, thereby providing students with a better preparation for professional practice. Example topics include engineering standards, economic, environmental, sustainability, manufacturability, ethical, health and safety, social, and political issues. This paper describes the program, includes comment from the Engineer in Residence, undergraduate students, and the dean of engineering at Ohio Northern University.

Index Terms  Professional practice, Co-operative education, Experiential work, and Innovative program.


The Engineer in Residence (EiR) program is a unique collaborative effort between Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (MAP) and Ohio Northern University (ONU). For a typical co-op session a student has to take time off from their college education to perform a co-op at a company’s facility. The EiR program is designed to allow engineering students to work 10 to 15 hours a week in an engineering office environment while taking classes on campus. Balancing school work while working an additional 10 to 15 hours in the office presents a challenge, but it is an excellent opportunity to gain work experience for those students still looking to graduate in four years.

Kevin Stoodt, the 2003-2004 Engineer in Residence and a 2001 mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Dayton, is employed by MAP. As the EiR, Stoodt typically

1 B. J. Farbrother Ph.D., C.Eng. Dean, Thomas Jefferson Smull College of Engineering, Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio 45810, USA. 2 K. R. Stoodt, BSME, Engineer in Residence, Biggs Engineering Building, 525 South Main Street, Ada, OH 45810, USA. 3 B. L. Crombie, CE Undergraduate, Unit 2250, 525 South Main Street, Ada, OH 45810, USA. 4 R. M. Korkos, EE Undergraduate, Unit 2662, 525 South Main Street, Ada, OH 45810, USA. 5 M. S. Launsbach, ME Undergraduate, Unit 2426, 525 South Main Street, Ada, OH 45810, USA. 6 J. T. Wagner, EE Undergraduate, 525 South Main Street, Ada, OH 45810, USA. 7 K. J. Zwingler, ME Undergraduate, Unit 3594, 525 South Main Street, Ada, OH 45810, USA.

ASEE Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. June 20-23, 2004

Farbrother, B. (2004, June), Win Win Win: The Engineer In Residence Program At Ohio Northern University. Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13377

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