ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
FRIDAY, March 31, 2006
called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. He asked everyone to check the purple
information/contact sheet and make sure the contact information was
correct. Jim announced a search for more
Advisory Board members. The charter
allows 40 members and we have 33. The
membership is light on women, minorities, mechanical engineering, and people in
Rich Shultz gave the following updates on the College.
Lisa Riedle and her committee for all the hard work
they have done so far on the new engineering building. He then gave a brief update. It will be a three-story building of 68,000
square feet. Two stories will be above
ground with a walk-out basement facing the residence suites. Electrical Engineering and Engineering
Physics will be housed there. General
Engineering will have classrooms and labs.
The main entrance will face
2. Upon the completion of the new engineering building, the renovation of Ottensman Hall will begin. This will be state funded. The first option is for a complete gutting which would cost approximately 30 million dollars. There are other renovations scheduled with the UW System. So the question is will we be moved down in the list. So the second option would be a 10 million dollar renovation. This would be revamping the existing rooms without taking out walls. The Department Chairs thought this would work.
3. Funding for the new building is just short of the 5 million mark; heading for 7.5 million target.
We will be
hiring an electrical engineer for
We have hired a
mechanical engineer for
We will be
hiring an electrical engineering faculty at
8. Currently, our target is 300 new freshmen and have 50 transfer students under the TSI. We have admitted 320 and would like to have around 360 students.
9. The Engineers Without Borders Organization is moving along. They are now a recognized organization.
10. ABET accreditation will happen early next fall. All engineering programs will be going through this process. This will be the first time for the Software Engineering Program. The goal for the afternoon breakout sessions is to raise questions about the department self-studies and assessment. Please ask the presenters questions.
We have had
requests from two-year campuses to create new two-year engineering
programs. Electrical Engineering courses
were asked to be taught at
Angie Gasior, Foundation Office, gave an update on the M Step
Fund. There are 266 steps on the
M. The order of priority for asking
individuals for donations is mining alumni, civil engineers, and then
Jerome Flogel and Ryan Staab, students members of Engineers Without Borders, along with Dr. Sam Owusu-Ababio, advisor, gave a short presentation for the Advisory Board Members.
along with her Committee, gave a short presentation on the Accreditation Board
for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Guidelines. She mentioned that we are seeking
accreditation because it is nationally recognized. In 1988 the Board of Regents mandated that
all engineering programs be accredited or eliminated. The College should have a preliminary
statement in January 2007 with a final statement in August 2007. The ABET team will be travel to the
Break Out Sessions were announced
WORKING GROUP DISCUSSIONS
1. Chemistry/Engineering Physics
Chemistry falls under the ACS accredition. Engineering Physics discussed both ABET issues and program issues. One concern is how to get message out to the employers. A suggestion was to personally contact the human resource person in large companies. There was discussion about software in the Engineering Physics program. A biomedical concentration was discussed along with the possibility of a senior design course. Hal Evensen spoke about the Mems Nano Program.
2. Electrical Engineering
Phil Sealy said the members attending that session looked through the A-M
questions and the Electrical Engineering document. The trends that the program is going through were looked at. It was noted that Phil Sealy answered everyones questions well and quite comfortably.
3. Computer Science/Software Engineering
Joe Clifton said the group went through the Software Engineering document and asked questions. There were a few items that needed adjusting.
4. Civil/Environmental Engineering
Max Anderson said that the group gave ideas for future improvements including oral skills, web site development, and listening skills. For the programs curriculum students should gain an understanding of how government works, budget, structure, etc. Students should also have a preparation about starting their own business including leadership skills. Employers want smart people who are industrious.
5. Mechanical/Industrial Engineering
Some concerns from members attending are:
1. Interdisciplinary/cross functional teams
-Respect/co-op with business/marketing
2. The trend toward larger class size.
-Students going up, budget going down
4. Discussion of ABET metrics
-Co-op/internship (Salary for those who have done co-ops vs. not. Let
The programs should get feedback from employers about alumni (students), i.e.,
how they compare to students from other colleges. The surveys received by the
Department have low response rate.
Jim Schneller thanked everyone for attending and the time they put in. Rich also thanked everyone for their feedback.
The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 20, 2006. UWP Homecoming is on Saturday, October 21st.