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  • 1. Engineering Professional Education Purdue University Presentation for the Indiana Advanced Aerospace Manufacturing Alliance – Dec. 5, 2008 Vickie Maris, director, professional development programs
  • 2. Overview
    • Graduate-level courses and master’s degree programs at a distance for practicing engineers
    • Short courses, seminars and workshops (CEU credit) for engineers and those in engineering or technical roles
    Engineering Professional Education
  • 3.
    • Master’s degrees at a distance for practicing engineers
      • Flexible, customized (MS, MSE), 10 3-credit courses
      • AAE, ME, IE, ECE, dual-degree program (MBA + MSE)
      • Engineering Management and Leadership Area of Specialization,
      • ~400 enrollments per semester
  • 4. Students benefit from anytime access to course content
    • Asynchronous (learn on your own time) instruction that is usually online – self-study; instructor-facilitated
    • Blended – learning that combines multiple delivery formats; usually an online component with face-to-face delivery
    Engineering Professional Education
  • 5. Tools for distance delivery of education (click for video demo)
  • 6.
    • Short courses for practicing engineers and managers of technical projects; courses for licensure maintenance
      • On-sites, on campus, online, blended and self-study
      • 495 enrollments in most recent fiscal year
  • 7. Non-credit courses geared towards workforce development
    • Professional development programs
      • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Program (online)
      • LAI Lean Academy – for undergrads, co-op students, manufacturing interns and others
      • Program and Project Management (face-to-face and online; 3-credit course in Summer 09 also available as non-credit)
      • Strategic Planning and Decision Making
      • Factory Basics
      • Theory and Design of Intelligent Controls
      • Bridging Generational Gaps: Maximizing Workplace Potential
    • Technical Managers Institute (on-campus program, May 4 – 8, 2009), technical courses and management courses
    Engineering Professional Education
  • 8. Continuous updating of formats for instructional delivery and course marketing
    • Exploring use of Web 2.0 tools
      • Blogs
      • Podcasting, Coursecasting through Boilercast
      • Social Networking – marketing through Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube
    • Face-to-face courses recorded for later use as online video modules
    • Instructors using tools like audio features for pdf files in Acrobat; pen tablets; and Pulse pen by LiveScribe –
    • Animations being embedded in online modules to bring concepts to life
    Engineering Professional Education
  • 9. Contact Info
    • Vickie J. Maris [email_address]
    • (765) 496-6845
    • Slides available at:
    Engineering Professional Education