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Engineering Continuing Education

Source: MU Extension Annual Report, FY 2009

Engineering Continuing Education entered its second year of service in FY 2009. Its a primary mission is to provide the engineering community with innovative educational programs that are built on the synergistic union of the College of Engineering and MU Extension.

Last year, the college offered its first online undergraduate engineering course. Twenty-four students from five states completed the circuits course. Scored assessments show significantly enhanced learning compared to historical values for this class. Evaluations also demonstrate high, as well as growing, interest in the online delivery of engineering courses.

For the past two years, Pollution Prevention (P2) Boot Camp was offered through MU Direct to seniors and graduate students. This one-week intersession course focuses on methods, applied engineering and tools to reduce or eliminate waste at its source. While eight students completed the class during its first year, the course was filled to its capacity of 18 the second year. P2 strengthens economic competitiveness by teaching efficiency related to the use of raw materials, energy, water and natural resources. The training is a first step in any sustainable, renewable energy plan before wind and/or solar power is considered.

Students in the course also may be selected as Mizzou P2 interns, receiving a 10-week paid industrial position in which to apply their training. In summer 2008, three interns were placed in three top Missouri companies and implemented P2 programs that saved more than $260,000. Six interns worked at two Missouri companies in summer 2009, with substantial savings once again anticipated.

At the graduate level, efforts continue to further develop the master of engineering degree for practicing professionals as an alternative to the existing classroom-based master of science in engineering options, which are research-oriented. Time constraints often make traditional classes difficult to attend, preventing many engineers from continuing their education. The new degree will be a flexible 36-hour online program, with no thesis required. Instructors of core courses will teach performance excellence, as defined by the nationally recognized Baldridge criteria.