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Global Engineering Professional Seminar

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Global Engineering Professional Seminar ME 29000

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Date Created: 09/19/15
ME 290 GLOBAL ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR GLOBAL ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL PROFILE FALL 2011 THE PROFESSIONAL PROFILE What is it The profile is a strategic answer to the question Tell me about yourself which is one of the most useful interview questions ever devised The first challenge is to decide what to include what is most relevant for the opportunity at hand The second challenge is to make that material credible and compelling for those you wish to reach For ME 290 the profile format is a twopage document singlespaced about one thousand words A document of this length provides an opportunity to cover basics and also to develop engaging events that help readers understand more about who you are Space is available to go beyond abstract labels such as hard working and present actual examples The profile is formatted as a formal document with a title three or more main headings possibly several subheadings and a close Following the close your name and contact information such as your Purdue email address is provided How are profiles submitted The profile will be due as a communications assignment for ME 290 in Week 11 as indicated on the ME 290 Schedule Profiles will be returned the last class meeting ofthe semester The digital version of the profile along with the professional photo provided in the Seminar if you decide to use the picture should be saved in pdf format and uploaded to the NSF GIobaIHub site the following week Week 13 Access levels for profiles can be determined by authors The profile must be successfully posted on GlobalHUB for profile credit How are profiles evaluated Profiles are evaluated on the basis of 15 points that are distributed as indicated on the profile evaluation guide provided see last page For students to be credited on Blackboard for those points their profiles must be provided in two different ways 1 A printout of the profile must be provided in class Week 11 2 The profile in pdf format available on all ME machines must be uploaded to the National Science Foundation GIobaIHub website httpglobalhuborg Week 14 The profile printout provided in Week 11 will be returned during the last class ofthe semester Week 15 As the choice is left to each student about including their professional picture in their profile no profile points are connected to any picture points for the professional picture are earned by completing the picture session MAIN DIVISIONS OF THE PROFILE The profile should be divided into three major parts each with their own heading As the profile has substantial length headings are used to help readers read quickly and efficiently The three parts consist of an introduction a core or middle segment describing qualifications and a closing segment that looks to the future These three different parts are each described below Part I Introduction The introduction should mention the purpose of the document as well as indicate what will be covered Your own background is also provided briefly introducing yourself to the reader More about you will be revealed in the other two parts ofthe profile From 10 to 20 ofthe document should be introductory Remember to carefully consider the difference between personal and professional The personal is relevant only to the extent that it relates to professional For a professional profile what matters is how your background relates to the decision to pursue engineering or to pursue particular engineering goals Here are some elements to consider for the introduction 1 Overview ofthe document indicates the purpose of the profile For example announce to the reader that you will introduce yourself as an engineering student working toward an engineering career that addresses important global challenges be sure to use your own wording 2 Discuss your background briefly ie introduce yourself by including the basics such as name current affiliations program of study BSME etc 3 Some background why engineering Why mechanical engineering at Purdue 4 Why did you make this choice What happened that made it clear to you that this choice was the best one 5 What has happened recently that confirms this choice 6 What do you find most rewarding about this choice 7 What do you like to do best in connection with this choice Part II Credentials and Experience The middle section should present your academic engineering credentials and your engineering experience Choose some aspects to present in detail or to illustrate by developing an event or providing an example This second section is longer than the introduction and probably also longer than the closing This core or middle part should be 40 to 60 of the overall length perhaps 500 words With increasing experience portions given to the middle and last sections tend to switch credentials and experience shrink while candidates for major leadership roles devote much more space to their vision for future work For students it is important to provide specifics about internships research projects independent study international programs and other distinctive credentials Be sure to include activities that go beyond official university programs ifthey relate to your strengths as a global engineering professional That connection is made clear by describing particular events details and outcomes going beyond a listing or naming that is typical for resumes Provide specific names and titles where possible Include a story or two to bring the events to life A good way to structure a narrative is to begin with a challenge and then show how it was met Consider building some suspense and certainly include interesting details Finally try to organize this section around one or more themes Be careful not to have too many Examples of themes might include a love of design being drawn to the impossible enjoying the play of 2F age mathematics in actual realworld problems etc These abstractions are brought to life by reference to actual events Because the core section is somewhat longer consider using subheads to provide subdivisions so that this important part is kept easily readable Subheads operate for readers as a means to divide an conquer longer segments Subheads provide writers the opportunity to headline important aspects which also helps readers skim the text and also remember the important points Elements to consider in the core credentials and experience section 1 Identify current degree program by name and by university 2 Identify specific path through this program minors international programs languages emphasis in special areas as reflected in choices of restricted electives etc 3 Name and describe summer internships parttime employment supplemental programs and experiences 4 Include cocurricular activities at Purdue eg ASME Purdue Bands etc as they relate to professional credentials eg opportunities to gain leadership skills etc Part III Professional Interests Global Vision Career Goals The last or closing segment should be from 20 to 30 ofthe entire profile definitely longer than the introduction but perhaps not as long as the middle credentials segment As you look toward the future show awareness of global issues by discussing a particular area such as one of those identified on the NAE website httpwwwengineeringchallengesorg Discussion about professional goals should ideally relate to an overlap between individual professional interests and the global opportunitythat is identified or sought visionsgoals Often this is the most valuable part of the profile Here is an opportunity to show how your interests and credentials empower you to impact the global challenges that you identify as most relevant and significant Often the more specific the more useful To help readers envision your goals provide descriptions of events or situations that would illustrate their achievement Elements to consider for closing segment x What career goals to you hold out for yourself Do you want to have your own company Other Do you want to focus on energy issues Other What s most important Why What s at stake Vision Looking ahead how to you expect to contribute as a global engineer to the big N technological issues of this century Finally note that great resource for profile development is available on NSF GlobalHUB httpglobalhuborg As you work on your professional profile a good strategy is to review those already posted In doing so you will be joining a professional community of your peers a best practice approach for global engineering professionals For further questions please email Dianne Atkinson at dlapurdueedu 3F age GLOBAL ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL PROFILES FALL 2011 PROFILE EVALUATION The list below focuses on major dimensions of document quality Most weight is given to the development of persuasive content but the sequencing and presentation of that material is also important including such issues as correctness in grammar punctuation and spelling The profile document will be evaluated based on the following considerations 1 Content about 67 or 10 points N w h 5quot a Introduction Profile describes author as someone who has chosen engineering chosen Purdue Experience and Credentials Profile provides overview of both practical experience and academic credentials Professional Ethics Profile includes specific mention of ethical issues as embedded in the professional practice of engineering At least one instance of ethical decision making in the engineering classroom or as part of a technical work assignment is presented and analyzed showing awareness of ethical responsibilities 5 points Vision and Goals Profile discussed what is viewed as important in the emerging one world where technology is not contained by geography where diversity and cultural differences impact professional work Professional picture completed inclusion optional on both the printout and on GlobalHUB U 9 51 FD Organization 15 or 2 points a At least three subdivisions are created to organize the profile b Topics are developed in sufficient depth so as to provide a more comprehensive picture than would be achieved with a resume listing c Illustrations examples and stories are included to provide specifics about general claims d The sequence of topics follows a plan Examples of plans include timelines or unifying themes such as interdisciplinary work or green engineering Style about 7 or 1 point a Formality in word choice is maintained Examples include avoiding contractions and abbreviations b Formality is also achieved by limiting conversational elements such as incomplete sentences exclamations and informal phrases eg goof off Correctness about 7 or 1 point ords are used as well as spelled correctly including verb conjugations and subjectverb agreements b Standard punctuation rules for written English are observed Format about 7 or 1 point a Text is formatted as two pages single spaced b Headings are formatted in bold or different font from text c Open line marks new paragraph d Footers include author name as well as 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