Growing the national innovation system: Defining the characteristics of innovative professional graduate education at the Master, Doctor, and fellow level for technology leaders in industry

Duaned D. Dunlap, Stephen J. Tricamo, Donald H. Sebastian, Donald A. Keating, Thomas G. Stanford

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Abstract

This is the third paper in the special panel session on reshaping professionally oriented graduate education to be more relevant to the needs of the practicing profession in industry to ensure a strong U.S. engineering workforce. This paper suggests a framework of guidelines for curricular design of innovative master, doctoral, and fellow level professional graduate programs crafted to meet the career-long needs of engineering professionals in industry and guided by the incorporation of five major attributes of high-quality graduate programs that positively affect the growth and development of working professionals. The guidelines are based on the functional requirements, tasks, and responsibilities that engineering leaders encounter throughout their professional careers. The paper presents a new vision for shaping integrated (holistic) professional graduate education for working professionals as a "system for lifelong learning" that enables their continuous professional development thereby continuously strengthening U.S. innovative capacity for competitiveness. Attention is drawn to the need to integrate graduate studies with experiential learning and the advanced practice of engineering for systematic development, innovation, and leadership of technology in industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8845-8874
Number of pages30
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Event2003 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Staying in Tune with Engineering Education - Nashville, TN, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2003Jun 25 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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