October 22—25, 2009, Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, Ames, Iowa
“Getting Started with International Programs”
When: Thursday, October 22nd, 8:00 a.m. – Noon
This workshop is designed to bring the wisdom and experience of established international engineering programs to those seeking to launch new initiatives. What are the realistic models? What are the challenges and hurdles? What are the best strategies for success? How does one build an internship program? Or a study abroad exchange? How can we make it work?
“An Interactive Workshop Session on Measuring the Impacts of Project-Based Service Learning on Engineering Education” ($50 fee)
Project-based service learning (PBSL) has become an emergent opportunity for engineering education. In this field there are a number of national programs, for example Engineers Without Borders and Engineers for a Sustainable World, as well as university-specific opportunities. Those involved in PBSL seek guidance on how to better understand how these programs are affecting their students and institutions, and how to design the best experiences possible. This workshop session will explore the impacts of project-based service learning on engineering education.
“GlobalHUB – An Online Community for Advancing Global Engineering”
When: Thursday, October 22nd, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
GlobalHUB.org, initiated by a grant from the National Science Foundation, is the first virtual organization dedicated to global engineering education and research. GlobalHUB and other cybercommunities are emerging as a result of the “grand convergence” of several trends: (i) maturation of the Internet; (ii) emergence of Web 2.0 technologies; and (iii) explosion of user-generated content. The first part of the workshop will cover GlobalHUB’s vision and goals, the different components we built into it, and the underlying infrastructure. In the second part, we will demonstrate GlobalHUB features such as accessing and finding content in GlobalHUB, uploading resources, rating and tagging, group creation and use for collaboration, running simulation tools, and tool development. Finally, and most importantly we will obtain user feedback, in particular including suggestions for: improving GlobalHUB to better serve the needs of the global engineering community; engaging the community in the continuous development of GlobalHUB; defining the role of online communities in global engineering and how globalHUB can support it, and finally sustainability of the community.
“Meeting the Challenges of Cross-Cultural Virtual Work Teams”
When: Thursday, October 22nd, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
There is a new sociology being born in the world of work as individuals find themselves increasingly in teams that are cross-cultural in nature and that interact in virtual, technology-driven environments. It is a reality that is changing the face of the “workplace,” but do we know how to work effectively in these settings? Companies that seek to be competitive in the global marketplace must factor an ability to succeed in these environments into their leadership equations and organizational capabilities -- and universities and training professionals must consider how they prepare individuals for the new world-of-work realities. In this workshop, we will explore the characteristics of distributed teams, the cross-cultural and virtual skills required for success, and review developing thoughts on leadership in these new environments. A video case will provide a fun and interesting centerpiece for this highly interactive workshop.
“Transitioning into the Global Workplace”
When: Sunday, October 25, 2009, 8:30 – 12:00 a.m.
The workshop will bring together voices from universities with international engineering programs and a company perspective. Assessment tools and an academic program that prepares, accompanies and debriefs students taking international internships will be presented. The Global Engineering Internship Program, an international consortium of engineering schools, will be described, including a discussion about setting up a consortium, its advantages and challenges, and lessons learned. MTU's cooperation with URI's International Engineering Program will be highlighted; at MTU, IEP graduates join the global workforce by working on the interfaces of German and US project management and engineering cultures. The workshop will include interactive sessions addressing the interests of workshop participants.
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