College of EMS Advisory Board Meeting
October 3, 2008
Kevin Hagen welcomed everyone to the meeting. Rich provided
an overview of the day and expressed appreciation to Joe Coenen for serving as
Rich continued with an update of the College outlining the
- This semester there are 2,183 students enrolled in
engineering. This is a new record. The new building will hold classes
beginning next semester. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour
held on December 12 and all are welcome to attend.
- The new Nanotechnology Center for Collaborative Research
- Ottensman Hall renovation will begin during the 2011-2013
- New international partnership developed in France.
- Outreach programs in Fox Valley and Rock County are doing
well. There are over 300 students taking advantage of these programs. Another
program is being planned.
- MOE—Over 20 students in this program. This has proven to
be a good revenue stream.
- Engineers Without Borders—The Ghana trip went very well
and the students are looking forward to continuing their work projects.
- PACCE—New endeavor on campus with inter-disciplinary
projects assisting within the community and non-profit organizations.
- Articulation Agreement with Carroll College—This will be recommended
as a dual degree with three years there and two years here.
- Update on hiring of faculty within the College.
- New minor being offered beginning this semester in
- Chancellor Markee and Rich will be going to Darmstadt to
celebrate ten years of this program being in place.
- Topics for our next meeting may include an update on Nano
tech and Mems Center, update on budget, and a tour of the new engineering
Engineers Without Borders gave a presentation to the group
on their recent trip to Ghana Africa. Four students (Joe Elsinger, Ben
Kubichek, Nick Confer, and Bekki Walsh) gave the presentation and shared
stories about their experience.
PACCE (Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement)
presentation by Lisa Riedle and Kevin Bernhardt. They were excited to share
this unique opportunity with the board members. A greater discussion of how
PACCE can assist with projects and discipline activities across the campus and
throughout the community.
Breakout Sessions Reports
MIE—The focus was on PACCE. Topics discussed included the
- Manage a list of criteria for opportunities and use to
modify existing projects
- Need to make sure that not all cooperative opportunities
are engagement opportunities
- EMS is in a great position for engagement opportunities
CEE—Similar discussions regarding PACCE as MIE. Topics
included the following.
Use of senior design as basis including writing components
Use internship with proper components
WEB log when out on co-op
Keep firms involved along with alumni
EE & EP—Topics included the following.
- Define how you and/or your projects qualify for engagement
- This should be more than just a course—something for
students and community
- Discussion about whether course should be voluntary or
mandatory. Probably means more if it is voluntary.
- Supportive of PACCE issue (faculty)
- Advisory Board members believe that it should not be
mandated as part of curricululm.
- Communication—this should help students with communication
- Discussed possible projects and implementation
- Interdisciplinary techniques
- Build in an engagement hour for interdisciplinary teams to
- How to build a network of projects available so professors
Our next Advisory Board meeting will be held on Friday,
Meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.