Penn State, Dominican university form educational partnership

December 16, 2008

Penn State and the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) in the Dominican Republic have recently unveiled a partnership that will benefit each university's education, research and technology initiatives.

Michael Immel, director of corporate relations for the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, presented two new strategic alliances at INTEC in November to university and government officials.

Ten Penn State industrial engineering students, along with faculty adviser Vittal Prabu, also were present as part of the cultural immersion aspect of their IE 497 course.

Immel discussed the new 2+2 Program which will allow students from INTEC to attend Penn State and complete their bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, biological engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, computer engineering, engineering science or nuclear engineering.

This cooperative program was created in an effort to provide students with the opportunity to study majors not available at INTEC. To qualify for the 2+2 Program, students must successfully complete two years of engineering courses at INTEC and then enter Penn State to complete their degree requirements. The program officially begins in August 2009.

The second focus of Immel's presentation was the INTEC Haas Technical Center. Immel is working on behalf of the department to establish the center in the Dominican Republic.

Its purpose is to serve as a resource for educating engineering students in manufacturing processes and advancing the understanding of global manufacturing through the international collaboration.

The center will foster international relationships by enabling Penn State faculty to interact with INTEC faculty and students by teaching short-courses and partnering for research projects.


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