Missouri Western State University
Annual Unit Report on
Implementation of Strategic Plan
Due to Dean by April 1, 2007
Department of Engineering Technology
Construction Engineering Technology - CET (A.S., and B.S.*)
Electronics Engineering Technology - EET (A.S., and B.S.*)
Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology - ECET (A.S., and B.S.)
Manufacturing Engineering Technology - MET (A.A.S., and B.S.**)
*Only B.S. degrees in construction and electronics engineering technology are
TAC/ABET-accredited. (TAC/ABET – Technology Accreditation Commission of the
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). The B.S. degree programs
in construction and electronics were initially accredited in 1991, and have since
held continuous accreditation. The four-year B.S. degree program in Electronics
and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) was started in Fall 2002. No new
faculty has been assigned to this program but as the program grows, one
additional faculty, dedicated primarily to this program will be needed. This need
was documented in the proposal for the start-up of this new degree program. The
two-year A.S. degree program in ECET went into effect in Fall 2003. The A.S.
degree program in ECET was officially added in the 2003-2004 catalog.
** B.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology was approved by the
Curriculum Committee in Fall 2005, and by CGAC in Spring 2006. It was submitted
to CBHE for approval in January 2006, and was approved by CBHE in Summer
2006. B.S. degree in manufacturing went into effect in Fall 2006.
Number of faculty 7.0 (One Faculty Position for Manufacturing has
not been replaced – Ken Yager’s Position has not been replaced. The construction
position vacated by Mark Johnson is in the process of replacement.)
Manufacturing Faculty : George Yang, Ph.D. The position held by Ken Yager
has not been filled. This has resulted in a net loss of one full time faculty for the
manufacturing program. Though a new BS degree program was started in Fall
2006, no replacement for Ken Yager’s position has been approved. A part of the
manufacturing faculty load has been assumed, without extra compensation, by Dr.
Virendra Varma, who also serves as the Chair of the Department. Effective Fall
2005, the majority of instructional responsibility for the manufacturing program was
shifted to Dr. George Yang. The laboratory courses at Hillyard Technical Center
continue to be taught by the Hillyard faculty with ET faculty serving as Instructors
of Record. Dr. Yang is the Coordinator of the Manufacturing Engineering
Construction Faculty : Jin-Lee-Kim, Ph.D., E.I., Virendra Varma, Ph.D., P.E.
The position previously held by Mark Johnson is being replaced. Keith Stutterheim,
Angela Caw, David Tollenaar, Ellen Jordan, John DeLee, and Wesley Wallick have
assisted as part-time faculty in the construction program to meet some of the
instructional needs. Dr. Jin-Lee Kim is the Coordinator of the Construction
Engineering Technology program.
Electronics Faculty: Yona Rasis, D.Sc., Zhao Zhang, Ph.D., and Jinwen Zhu,
Ph.D. The full-time faculty position vacated by Barry Nelson was filled by Dr.
Jinwen Zhu at the start of Fall 2005 semester. Dr. Zhao Zhang is the Coordinator
of the Electronics Engineering Technology program.
Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology Faculty: Dr. Jinwen Zhu is
the Coordinator of the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET)
program. The courses in the ECET program are designated by the ECT prefix.
Contingent upon the growth of the ECET program, an additional faculty member
will be needed to develop and deliver a state-of-the-art ECET program. Currently,
there is no distinction between the EET and ECET faculty. At the time the B.S.
degree ECET program was approved for start-up in Fall 2002, the need for a
faculty member dedicated to the ECET program was included in the proposal.
Number of majors
CET A.S. 4
CET B.S. 36
EET A.S. 5
EET B.S. 23
ECET A.S. 1
ECET B.S. 9
MET A.A.S. 8
MET BS 5
Total Declared A.S. & A.A.S. Majors 18
Total Declared B.S. Majors 73
Total Declared Majors (A.S., A.A.S., and B.S.) 91
Number of Intended/Pre-majors
CET A.S. 3
CET B.S. 29
EET A.S./B.S. 12
ECET A.S./B.S. 22
MET A.A.S./B.S. 7
Total Intended Majors 73
Department Total = 164
Number of graduates
CET A.S. 0
CET B.S. 14
EET A.S. 4
EET B.S. 5
ECET A.S. 1
ECET B.S. 7
MET A.A.S. 6
BST 2+2 3
Total Graduates 31
Other pertinent data
Number of Pre- Engineering/Pre-Architecture Transfer Students
Total Transfer Students 17
Department/Program Mission, Vision, Values
Vision - The Department of Engineering Technology at Missouri Western State
University will provide regional and national leadership in assuring quality and in
stimulating innovation in engineering technology education, and will serve as the
hub of engineering technology education in the State of Missouri.
Mission - The Department of Engineering Technology at Missouri Western State
University serves the public through delivery, promotion and advancement of
engineering technology education in the areas of construction, electronics,
manufacturing, and computer engineering technology. The Department will:
Deliver A.S., A.A.S., and B.S. degrees in construction, electronics,
manufacturing, and electronics and computer engineering technology.
Promote quality and innovation in our current areas of engineering
technology education, and explore new areas of engineering technology
education for delivery.
Explore possibility of offering master’s degree in engineering technology in
the areas of nano manufacturing, nano biomedical technology, bio-
engineering/bio-waste technology, applied construction management, and
other related areas in the light of Missouri Western’s new role as a regional
Communicate with our advisory boards and the public regarding activities
and accomplishments of our engineering technology programs and
Anticipate and prepare for the changing environment for delivery of
engineering technology education in the State of Missouri in new areas such
as life sciences, and the future needs of our students.
Strengthen existing academic programs and develop new programs.
Recruit a diverse mix of students to include traditional and non-traditional
Maintain existing articulation agreements, and develop and implement new
articulation agreements with area technical schools and two-year
Continue to maintain TAC/ABET accreditation of construction and
electronics programs , and prepare programs in electronics/computer and
manufacturing for future TAC/ABET accreditation.
Continue to utilize Continuous Quality Improvement Plan (CQI) to
strengthen the academic quality of all ET programs.
Strengthen retention of ET students.
Strengthen placement of graduates through innovative programs in
internships and part-time jobs.
Develop and maintain state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment in
the Department’s instructional facilities.
Provide experiential learning and research opportunities to students
Needs for Overall Improvement of ET Facilities
Improve building facilities for engineering technology by
….The addition of another story (another floor) to the existing
building (Wilson Hall)
…. Move the classrooms to the new floor, and dedicate the existing
ground floor to engineering technology laboratories.
…. Change the entrance to the Wilson Hall on the north side by a new,
bigger, more aesthetically pleasing entrance. The current entry door is more like a
side entry door, and not reflective of the significance of a major building on the
campus. The entry from the Downs Drive to a major campus building ought to look
like the main entrance but the current one does not.
…. The Day-Care Center location right next to the Department Office is a
distraction. The space currently being occupied by the Day Care Center was
previously a part of the ET Laboratory space. There is a strong need for re-
allocation of this space back to the ET Department. The current laboratory space
for construction and manufacturing programs is very limited. With the introduction
of the 4-year manufacturing program effective Fall 2006, and to enhance the
construction program laboratories, the ET department needs more laboratory
space. A serious thought needs to be given to move the Day Care Center to some
other location on campus. The electronics program laboratories have also very
limited space because a major portion of the laboratory space in Wilson 150 was
given to Law Enforcement Academy. Currently, all the construction, manufacturing,
and electronics, and computer engineering technology classes are being held in a
lab-cum-classroom setting, and there is no room for development of new
experiments nor is there room for new equipment. As TAC/ABET-accredited
programs, facilities are to be periodically upgraded to reflect the state-of-the-art
laboratory space and equipment.
A. Integration of Department and Institution Goals
Western Strategic Plan Goals
Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
o Goal Two: Develop a diverse mix of students with academic potential
for completing high-quality programs.
Department response and outcomes: The Engineering Technology Department
has taken an aggressive posture towards student recruitment. Faculty members
participate in a number of recruitment activities. The Department has 17
articulation agreements with local area vocational-technical schools. The
agreements potentially provide these students with Missouri Western course
credits upon completion of certain courses at their school provided the criteria for
transfer of credit is met.
By hosting industrial technology teachers who are members of the Northwest
Technology Educators Association of Missouri (NWTEAM), an additional
recruitment activity was undertaken by the ET department, effective Spring 2004.
These NWTEAM teachers serve as an extension of the department’s recruiting
team. The Chairperson of the Department, and a faculty member have the
responsibility to organize an annual IT–Day in April on the Missouri Western
campus. The Chairperson is in regular contact with the NWTEAM President to
insure continued success of collaborative efforts between the IT teachers, and the
MWSU engineering technology department. In 2006, the IT-Day was held April 28,
2006. In 2007, it is scheduled for April 20.
Another recruitment program was started effective Spring 2006. On March 31,
2006, the ET Department participated in the Ready Set Go program aimed at
middle school students. A total of 60 middle school students, organized in two
groups, were hosted by the ET department. Students were engaged in hands-on
activities, and were provided information on the engineering technology programs
offered by the Department.
Goal Three: Strengthen existing and develop new academic
programs, taking into consideration the educational and career needs
of students and the economic, social, and cultural needs of the
Department response and outcomes: In Fall 2002, a new B.S. degree program
in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) was started in
cooperation with the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics.
In Fall 2003, the A.S. degree program in ECET went into effect, and is included in
the catalog. Effective Fall 2006, the electronics and computer engineering
technology program was given a new three-letter designation, namely ECT, and
two courses in the program were identified by the ECT-prefix. This gives a true and
separate identity to the electronics and computer engineering technology program.
In the 2006 Fall Class Schedule, classes were separately listed under the ECT
A new 4-Year program in manufacturing engineering technology was approved by
the Curriculum Committee in Fall 2005 and by the CGAC in Spring 2006. Following
the approval by CBHE in Summer 2006, the program went into effect in Fall 2006.
The two-year program in manufacturing has also been significantly revised to
serve as a strong foundation for the four-year program. The faculty position
vacated by Ken Yager has still not been replaced. It is of paramount importance
that we allocate the second faculty member to the manufacturing program to
strengthen the integrity and credibility of the new 4-year program.
In 2006, four-year BS degree programs in construction and electronics were
submitted for re-accreditation to the Technology Accreditation Commission of the
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC of ABET). The on-site
accreditation visit took place from Sept. 24-26, 2007. In response to the
deficiencies and weaknesses pointed out during the Exit Interview, work was
immediately begun to remedy the situation. Assessment data collected over the
period of the AY 2006-07 (Fall 2006, and Spring 2007) would be submitted to
TAC/ABET Team Chair by June 15, 2007. The final action on accreditation is not
due until Summer 2007.
Goal Four: Strengthen the retention, graduation and placement
outcomes of students.
Department response and outcomes: Once our students declare their major in
one of the disciplines of the Department, they are successful in completing the
degree requirements, and graduate. The department, on average, graduates 15 to
20 graduates every year.
The B.S. degree students in electronics used to take an externally-administered
(NICET) exit examination, and the B.S. degree students in construction also used
to take an externally-administered (AIC) exit examination. However, effective Fall
2003, both the construction and electronics program students have been taking the
departmentally-prepared, and departmentally-administered exit examinations. The
A.A.S. degree manufacturing (MET) students used to take CMfgT (SME) external
examination up until Spring 2004. Effective Fall 2004, all manufacturing students
have been taking departmentally-prepared exit examination. Previously, the
success rate of our graduating students in NICET, AIC, and SME tests was less
than encouraging due to our curricular differences with the tests’ topical content.
Now with the introduction of the departmentally-prepared exit examinations, the
success rate of our students has improved.
Experiential Learning and Student Development
o Goal One: Provide students, by graduation, the opportunity to blend
academic knowledge and applications in and beyond the classroom.
Department response and outcomes: The students of construction,
electronics/computer engineering technology, and manufacturing are given the
opportunity to be involved in internships, and applied engineering projects. Though
the opportunities for internships are limited, those who are hired, certainly benefit
from these experiences. Approximately 15 to 20 students are engaged in
internships and applied learning projects per year. Many students work part-time in
their area of speciality but are not counted because they do not sign up for
o Goal Two: Provide additional opportunities for students to participate
in international and/or multicultural experiences.
Departmental response and outcomes: The ET department students have not
been involved in international and /or multicultural activities. However, there is a
good possibility that in future, manufacturing students could be involved in
summer study trips in Mexico, China, and Canada. The electronics and
manufacturing faculty are on the look-out for such possibilities.
Because of the cultural diversity among the teaching faculty in the department,
students are being exposed to industrial practices prevalent in the field of
engineering in foreign countries.
o Goal Three: Recognize and expand experiential learning activities in
Departmental response and outcomes: Students are given a variety of
experiential learning experiences through field trips to local industries, attendance
at professional seminars, guest lectures by practitioners, and boardroom
presentations by company officials. Students are also encouraged to attend
ASCE, ACI, IEEE, SME, CRSI, MAS, and other professional meetings to network
with industry professionals. Non-traditional students who have industrial
experience are utilized whenever possible in the classroom to share their
background. Due to faculty’s industrial backgrounds, students also benefit
extensively by faculty’s design of experiments that relate directly to real-world
tasks and problems.
Students in their capstone courses and senior seminars are required to work on
research papers/projects that require team-work, and topics of current interest and
importance in the field. As an example, construction students are being involved in
research update on project delivery systems such as Design Build, self
consolidating concrete (SSC), high performance concrete (HPC), etc., and
manufacturing students are being exposed to SolidWorks 3-D Modeling, and rapid
prototyping exercises, etc., while the electronics (EET) and computer engineering
technology students (ECET) are being involved in wireless networks, PLCs and
During Summer 2006, two faculty members took part in the Summer Research
Institute projects with Missouri Western undergraduate students and St Joseph-
metro area high school students. One project dealt with Lunar Construction, and
the other dealt with Nanotechnology.
Community Service, Community Partnerships, and Workforce
o Goal Three: Increase the participation of Western students, faculty
and staff in community service activities.
Departmental response and outcomes: All faculty are currently involved in local
community cultural and professional organizations. Their professional affiliations
indirectly influence workforce development. Overall, each faculty member spends
6-8 hours per month in community-related activities.
Students are involved in community fundraisers, and their respective clubs. They
spend approximately 5-6 hours per month in club and community-related activities.
Department Points of Pride - Several of our graduates are holding high-level
prominent positions in industry. Some of our graduates have obtained advanced
degrees, and attained professional engineering registrations.
The ET department is unique in the State of Missouri as it is the only public state-
supported-institution that has BS–level TAC/ABET-accredited programs in
construction and electronics technology.
Some of the faculty are highly regarded in their disciplines regionally, and
Department Strengths - Some of faculty have extensive experience in industry.
A few of the faculty are officers of professional organizations. Some faculty are
engineering consultants. One faculty member has received three teaching
excellence awards. ET faculty members are active in professional presentations at
conferences and regularly publish in conference proceedings. ET faculty also
collaborate externally to present and publish their papers.
Department Concerns - Enrollments in all programs need to be strengthened.
Upgrading of laboratory equipment needs to continue. Some of the equipment
needs replacement. Some major pieces of equipment need to be procured. A plan
for new equipment has been submitted to the Provost. Laboratory space needs to
be increased. A second faculty member needs to be added to the manufacturing
program. This is a replacement position for Ken Yager. Faculty salaries have been
adjusted to market values to a degree, and need to be adjusted further.
Department Threats - Losing faculty with no funds to replace them immediately.
Temporary positions and part-time positions provide less opportunity for program
growth and program stability. Some students are ill-prepared and lack motivation.
Department Opportunities and Costs for Further Implementation
1. In order for the department to maintain its credibility, it is important that the
curriculums are constantly upgraded to reflect changes in industrial settings. The
equipment and instructional content needs to be in a continuous improvement
process mode, which means faculty must remain on the cutting edge in their
specialty fields. Professional development of faculty in their hard-core specialty
areas will be the corner-stone for future growth of the Department.
Faculty and the department should explore securing grant monies from various
2. A proposal for a master’s degree in engineering technology was submitted to the
Graduate Studies Committee, with options in Nano Manufacturing, Nano
Biomedical Technology, and Applied Construction Management. The proposal
was not accepted among the first programs submitted to CBHE but it is hoped that
some time in the future, the above suggested programs will receive consideration.
The partnership with Heartland Regional Medical center should be explored to
develop the biomedical emphasis in our electronics-related degree.
3. An investment of $100,000 is needed to upgrade equipment in the areas of all
the ET programs.
4. The Professional Studies building, now called the Wilson Hall, needs to be
A. Add another story to the building;
B. Modify the main entrance to the building from the Downs Drive; and
C. Move the Day Care Center to some other location on campus to provide extra
laboratory space to the ET programs.
Above steps are needed to make the ET programs more marketable, and ET
laboratories state-of-the-art. Without adequate laboratory space and industrial-
grade equipment, it is difficult to deliver stare-of-the-art quality programs in the field
of engineering technology.
Conclusion: Overall, the Engineering Technology Department serves the mission
of Missouri Western State University well. The department provides graduates to
the engineering technology workforce in support of the engineering functions in the
region and nationally. Our ET Department brochure includes a statement from the
Chair of the department which says, “In a competitive global economy, Engineering
Technology (ET) graduates are at the forefront in making the difference in the
fields of construction, electronics, manufacturing, computer electronics, and other
related technologies. ET graduates are the true problem solvers of today, and
caretakers of the technologies of the future.” Indeed the need for the ET programs
to continue to exist and provide the sorely-needed technical workforce to the
region and the nation is un-questionable. In that sense, the support of the
administration to strengthen the existing programs and explore new ones is
ET Department Faculty
Virendra K. Varma, Chair
March 28, 2007