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Work in Progress: I Didn’t Know You Did That: A Case Study of Learning Outcomes Across Multiple Engineering Disciplines Compared to Biological and Agricultural Engineering

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

End Date

June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Biological and Agricultural Engineering Division Technical Session 2

Tagged Division

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

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14

DOI

10.18260/1-2--35644

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https://peer.asee.org/35644

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Cara London Texas A&M University

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Cara is a Ph.D. student in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on understanding shared patterns of cultural influence on engineering decisions. She is particularly interested in identifying those cultural factors that most affect the acceptability and socioeconomic impact of post harvest treatments in low industrial agriculture.

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Janie M. Moore Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3138-9632

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Dr. Janie McClurkin Moore is an Assistant Professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Texas A&M University in College Station. A native of Columbus, Ohio, she attended North Carolina A&T State University where she received a B.S. in Bio Environmental Engineering in 2006. She then began pursuing her graduate education at Purdue University in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, completing her Ph.D. in 2015. Her primary research areas include 1) mycotoxin risk assessment and treatment in stored grains and 2) innovate instructional strategies for Biological and Agricultural Engineering students.

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Abstract

Biological and Agricultural Engineering is a diverse discipline that encompasses skills which transcend across multiple fields of engineering. In addition to the base competencies that all engineering curricula demand from students, Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAEN) students gain additional in-depth knowledge from a variety of core sciences. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about the field and students’ knowledge and skills, making it difficult for students to market themselves to companies. When it comes to hiring at career fairs, many companies do not realize that the attributes they seek from alternative disciplines, are also at the forefront of the BAEN knowledge base. This case study compares the curriculum and knowledge areas across multiple engineering departments at a university to those of the BAEN department. Knowledge gained from the study is then used to survey organizations which have employment positions which fit knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) that BAEN students possess. This is a work in progress, however we anticipate that from this work we will develop a more concrete narrative of the field of BAEN to provide students and recruiter with in identifying their KSAs.

London, C., & Moore, J. M. (2020, June), Work in Progress: I Didn’t Know You Did That: A Case Study of Learning Outcomes Across Multiple Engineering Disciplines Compared to Biological and Agricultural Engineering Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35644

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