In February 2009, The Engineering Technology Division (ETD) and the Engineering Technology Council (ETC), in conjunction with the College Industry Partnership (CIP) Division of ASEE held a National Forum to launch a new strategic initiative to help engineering technology (ET) programs across the country to enhance their ability to provide applied engineering talent for the future. The three groups invited ASEE corporate partners to the table to strategize on what initiatives might be pursued to make the largest positive impact on the current and eminent pool of graduates being educated for future technical positions. Several opening presentations were given to set the stage for the dialog and then a brainstorming session was held to generate ideas. Forty-five distinct tasks were proposed by the group and recorded for future vetting and refinement. To institutionalize this effort, the Engineering Technology Council is now establishing a standing committee to direct the continued efforts of the ET National Forum and collaborations with other entities such as ETD and ETLI. This page is a repository for information and deliverables that have been created as part of the National Forum:
- In 2009, the ET National Forum initiative was created. The Forum’s first white paper as well as videos of industry and academia discussions that led to the initiative can be found below:
- In 2010, a survey was created and administered to the industrial advisory boards of engineering technology programs across the nation. The survey and the compiled results can be found below:
- In the Spring of 2012, the following paper was published based on the results of the 2010 survey:
A common question to schools offering baccalaureate engineering technology programs, both from prospective engineering students and their parents and from companies looking to hire engineers, is ‘What is it about a B.S. Engineering Technology degree that distinguishes it from an engineering degree, and more important, what are the distinctive values of an ET-oriented degree program.’ The ET National Forum has developed short, bi-fold color brochures that, at a summary level, address these questions and has made them available to any institution offering of considering offering engineering technology programs. The brochures exist in two editable versions, one in Adobe’s portable document format (.pdf) and one in Microsoft Publisher format (.pub). This link allows you to download a compressed .zip file containing both versions. Users are free to edit the documents in any manner desired without obtaining permission from the National Forum or the Engineering Technology Council.