2010 Colloquium Program Calendar
1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Pre-Colloquium Workshop I (free): How to get started with new international engineering programs and how to assess the impact of existing ones
Norbert Hedderich, Chair, Department of Modern Language; Professor of German, URI
Richard F. Vaz, Dean, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, "Building Inpactful, Scalable, and Sustainable International Programs"
Yating Chang, Assistant. Director, Global Professional Practice; Program Director, International Research and Education in Engineering (IREE), Purdue University, "Getting Started: Landscape of Global Engineering Education"
Erin Schenck, Coordinator, MIT-Germany Program, "MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)"
Sigrid Berka, Executive Director, International Engineering Program, URI, and
Walter von Reinhart, Assoc. Professor of German; Associate Director, Honors Program, URI, "Passport to the Global Workplace: Integrating Languages With Engineering"
This workshop has a two-fold purpose: it is designed to
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Pre-Colloquium Workshop II ($50): Meeting the challenges of global work teams: Are we preparing our students?
--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 changing the face of the "workplace," but do we know how to work effectively in these settings?
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
Welcome: Sigrid Berka, Executive Director, International Engineering Program, URI
Greetings: President David Dooley, University of Rhode Island
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner
Keynote Speaker: United States Senator Jack Reed - Rhode Island, "Why our students need to be prepared globally"
Introduction: John Grandin, Executive Director Emeritus, International Engineering Program
Friday, November 5
8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. PLENARY ONE. Breadth versus Depth: Tiered approaches to international engineering education regarding breadth versus depth, required language preparation and training
Donald DeHayes, Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs, URI
Lester Gerhardt, Professor of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/ Senior Advisor to the President at the Institute of International Education, " An International Experience-Optional Depth for Some, Necessary Breadth for Others"
Jan Helge Bøhn, Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Computer Aided Design Laboratory, Virginia Tech, “Measuring the Effectiveness of Global Engineering Education”
Chuck Krousgrill, Acting Director of Office of Professional Practice, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, "International Engineering Student Programs: Work Experience and Study Abroad"
Diane Rover, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University, “Strategic Planning, International Program Breadth, and Student Participation”
Thomas Boving, Professor of Environmental Hydrology; Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. Geosciences / Civil and Environmental Engineering "African Center for Engineering Social Solutions (ACESS)" and
Sigrid Berka, Executive Director, International Engineering Program, URI, “International Engineering Education in All Dimensions.”
--This panel discusses how we can move beyond an international experience for the few extremely well-trained students. It addresses the need to develop an extensive portfolio of programs so we can reach the largest pool of engineering students going abroad for some type of international experience. What makes time abroad a significant international engineering experience? How much language preparation should be required? What should be the duration of time abroad for high impact and low impact programs?
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Morning Break and Social
10:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. PLENARY TWO. Internship Plus: How can we create educational modules around an internship?
Mark Lauer, Lecturer in German, Mount Holyoke College
David Dolev, Coordinator MIT-Israel Program, “MISTI 2.0: How to Take an International Internship Experience to the Next Level?”
Carolyn Kelly Ottman, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Rader School of Business, “Leveraging Corporate Leaders in Preparation for Student Cultural Immersion and Internships in China”
Laura Montgomery, Executive Director, RWTH Aachen - Liaison Office USA/Canada, “The RWTH Aachen Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)”
Alex Reeb, Graduate student in Civil Engineering, Virginia Institute of Technology, URI IEP alum, "Added Value to the Internship Experience: A Case History"
Abhinav Krishna, Purdue University, Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE) alum, "GEARE - Professional impact of international collaboration"
--This panel presents ways in which international engineering programs or companies operating globally have created an added value to the internship experience. The added value can be an academic curriculum pre/post internship, mandatory reports or assignments pushing the student to reflect on the combined cultural and work experience before, during and after the work experience; an ideal sequence of local and global work opportunities, or international workshops bringing together the companies’ international interns for case study workshops or to present results of a internship global team.
12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch
Introduction: Winifred Brownell, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, URI
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. PLENARY THREE. Global Teaming: Strengthening ties between international students and faculty research networks
Mufit Akinc, Professor in charge of International Engagement, Iowa State University
Alan Parkinson, Dean of Engineering, Brigham Young University, “Development of a Scalable and Sustainable Infrastructure for Global Collaborative Engineering Design Education”
Mohammed Faghri, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, URI, “The NSF PIRE URI/TU Braunschweig Dual Doctoral degree program in Lab-on-Chip-Technology”
Yi Shen, Post-doctoral Researcher, Purdue University, "IREE 2010 China: Developing Globally Competent Engineering Researchers"
--This panel presents successful ways to incorporate student and faculty research and global teaming initiatives with academic and corporate partners abroad. Examples include global teaming and design projects, cross-disciplinary research with students, faculty and business. Cap-stone design projects which are either conducted with students at home institution and their peers abroad, or which reflect how the design needs to take into consideration regional markets and specifications; successful dual degree graduate programs.
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Afternoon Break and Social
3:45 - 5:00 p.m. Grand Information and Poster Session
--This is a great opportunity if you have an international engineering program, short-term overseas program, intensive language immersion program or unique internships abroad. Reserve a table to exhibit your materials. Create a physical poster for display during the Colloquium for all to see.
You may download the poster proposal form HERE.
Free evening to explore Newport, see the sunset and eat in front of the Atlantic Ocean.
8:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sign in and Register
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. PLENARY SESSION: Engaging China
Michael Byrnes, President, Middle Kingdom Advisors
Yating Chang, Assistant Director Global Professional Practice, Purdue University, “Executing International Research and Education in Engineering: Concepts, Funding, and Results for China”
Sean Gilbert, Managing Director of the MIT-China Program (MISTI), Massachusetts Institute of Technology “Implementing Institute Initiatives in China with Students”
--Making life abroad in China authentic for the student. How can we move to a full immersion versus the sheltered experience Chinese universities provide to foreign students? How can we structure dual degree and other exchange programs and make them work? How can we optimize mentoring for our students at Chinese universities? Which new initiatives have we developed for China? Which recruiting strategies do companies employ to secure local Chinese talent as well as Chinese-speaking international candidates? How do global companies do business in China?
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Morning Break and Social
10:30 - 12:00 p.m. Working Sessions
WORKING SESSION A. Internships and Academic Partnerships in "difficult" countries
Dania Brandford-Calvo, Director, International Education & National Student Exchange, International Students and Scholars, URI
Duleep Deosthal, Vice President International Education, Manipal University, Bangalore, India, “When Equations and Cultures Collide: Turning "d + c = s^3”
Debbie Pearson, Assistant Director, Cooperative Education, Division of Professional Practice, Georgia Institute of Technology, “Internships in Russia: Addressing the Challenges.”
Sabeen Altaf, Program Officer, Science & Technology Programs, Institute of International Education, “Engaging Partnerships in China, India and the Middle East through the Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E^3)”
Scott Thiel, Vice President of Engineering and Development, Williams Controls Inc. and
Carolyn Kelly Ottman, Associate Professor, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Rader School of Business, “A University-Industry Partnership to Develop an Internship Module in China”
--Strategies for finding and best practices for maintaining good engineering internships in China, India, Latin America, Russia and the Middle East; overcoming hurdles and clashes between the U.S.- Indian, U.S.- Chinese and other education systems.
WORKING SESSION B. Europe versus the US -- comparing two different higher education approaches, duration, degrees, philosophies
Sebastian Fohrbeck, Director, DAAD New York and
Mark Rectanus, Professor of German, Iowa State University
Otto Iancu, Vice President, The French-German University, "Dual degree programs in Engineering between Germany and France."
Frank Owen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Cal Poly, "The German
Universities of Applied Sciences: a Good Match for the California State Universities"
Stephan Scholl, Head of the Institute for Chemical and Thermal Processing Technology, and
Ute Kopka, Vice Head International Office, Technical University Braunschweig, "The TU-Braunschweig/URI Dual Degree Program in Mechanical and (Bio-)Chemical Engineering - Moving it into the Bologna Era" - Scholl and Kopka
Michael Hefter, Dean, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and
Eva-Maria Krampe, Coordinator for Quality Management and Study Programs, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt/Main, "Analysis of an EU-Atlantis/FIPSE international dual degree Bachelors program and short-term international projects."
-- Consequences and first experiences with the new European Bachelor/Master system for international university partnerships (dual degree or exchange programs).
WORKING SESSION C. Raising the language bar -- standards, methodology and assessments in Foreign Language and Language Flagship Programs.
Doris Kirchner, Professor of German, URI, Director, Middlebury College German School
Michael Metcalf, Associate Provost for International Affairs, and Co-Director of the Chinese Language Flagship Program, University of Mississippi, “Putting Language Proficiency Front and Center: Experiences from the University of Minnesota and The University of Mississippi."
Wenchao He, Associate Professor of Chinese and Director of the Chinese Language Flagship Program, URI, “Reaching the Goal: From the Flagship Practitioner's Perspective.”
Ellen Crocker, Senior Lecturer in German, MIT and
Kurt Fendt, Senior Research Associate, MIT, "Cultural Insights - Engaging Students Beyond the Foreign Language Classroom"
--How to best assess language proficiency (conversational as well as technical) before and after students’ stay abroad. Which methods have we used? How to go beyond simply learning a foreign language to achieving superior proficiency in “critical” languages for students in Language Flagship Programs? How how can we make achievement of superior language skills work for engineering students? Which immersion or jump-start modules are out there to supplement an already loaded curriculum?
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Michael K. J. Milligan, ABET, Inc.
"The future of international engineering education and accreditation's role in improving quality and promoting innovation."
1:45 - 3:15 p.m. Alumni Panel
Gayle Elliott, Associate Professor of Practice, University of Cincinnati
Eric Sargent, BMW North America, URI IEP alum, "International Engineering Program& Dual Master’s Program Alumnus"
Carrie Vidal, General Cable, University of Cincinnati alum.
Emily Kinser, SRDC Competitive Analysis Team, IBM Microelectronics Division, Iowa State alum, "Engineering a Better Engineer: The Impact of International Experiences In Education & Industry"
Matthew Zimmerman, Vice President of Engineering, FarSounder Inc., URI IEP alum
--Success stories of international engineering alumi. What has become of the graduates of our international engineering programs? Where are they today, are they using their engineering and/or foreign language skills, and are alumni content in their working field?
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Making the case in 2010
Helene Zimmer Loew, Executive Director, American Association for Teachers of German
Graham Harrison, Program Manager, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation (NSF), "Supporting the International Collaborations of U.S. Researchers"
Max Vögler, Director, German Research Foundation (DFG), Washington, "Making the case for international collaboration: funding possibilities, opportunities, challenges"
Sebastian Fohrbeck, Director, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), New York, "Internationalizing Engineering Education - US-German Partnerships with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)"
--An open discussion on advocating international engineering education to funding agencies and government, company donors and university administrators. How can we convince funding agencies that what we do is crucial for global competitiveness.
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast for Workshop Attendees
9:00 - 12:00 p.m. Post-Conference Workshop ($50)
Teachers will earn 3.5 hours of Professional Development credit for attending this workshop.
Mercedes Rivero Hudec, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, URI
Megan Echevarria, Associate Professor of Spanish, Director, Spanish IEP, URI
Lars Erickson, Associate Professor of French, Director, French IEP, URI
Wen Xiong, Assistant Professor of Chinese, Associate Director, Chinese IEP and Chinese Language Flagship Program, URI, "Linking Languages to the STEM Disciplines-Modules for Engineering Students"
Sigrid Berka, Director, German and Chinese IEP, URI, "Linking Languages with the STEM Disciplines Cross-Cultural Preparation for EGR Students Working in Germany"
--This workshop will showcase successfully implemented and innovative teaching and learning modules combining math, science and technology curriculum with a foreign language. Discussed modules are geared at preparing students for a year abroad studying or interning. The Chinese online language portfolio system, "French Language for Technology," "Learning Modules and Strategies for Spanish IEP students" and specific cross-cultural preparation tactics between US and Germany will be highlighted.
Drs. Sigrid Berka and John Grandin from the International Engineering Program at URI.
Dr. Alan Parkinson, Dean of the College of Engineering at Brigham Young University.
Jeff Bernard, a senior at University of Rhode Island, shares says why students should attend the Colloquium.