Creating Global Mechanical Engineers Through New Education-Industry Partnerships FREE

[+] Author Affiliations
John R. Lloyd, Ronald C. Rosenberg

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Paper No. 97-GT-046, pp. V004T16A001; 4 pages
  • ASME 1997 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 4: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education; IGTI Scholar Award
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, June 2–5, 1997
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7871-2
  • Copyright © 1997 by ASME


A new language-based global undergraduate mechanical engineering education program is being developed to produce “globally educated” mechanical engineers ready for practice in the 21st century. The Global Education Program is accomplished through partnerships established with middle and high schools, companies, a network of international engineering schools and Michigan State University. Typically the incoming students have studied French, Spanish, or German, but we also find students in increasing numbers who have had Japanese and Chinese. The MSU Mechanical Engineering Global Education Program begins by partnering with key middle and high schools for recruiting of top quality, properly prepared students. At Michigan State University during the first two years they complete their language preparation and their cultural awareness preparation. In the third year the students study and co-op abroad. In the fourth year the students serve as mentors to underclass students in the program. Industrial partners participate by sponsoring students, recommending international academic partners, helping in the development of curriculum, and by providing co-op opportunities. This partnership for education program has the long term goal of involving 50% of the MSU Mechanical Engineering BS graduates in a global education experience.

Copyright © 1997 by ASME
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