SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
GLOBAL ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR
Seminar Organization and Policies
The Seminar provides an interactive, professional forum for students early in their ME School
careers. Seminar grades are based on in-class quizzes over the course textbook, the construction of
a “global professional profile,” and the participation in a minimum of 12 regularly scheduled seminars
during the semester as well as one visit to a cultural site such as the Black Cultural Center.
The Seminar is intended to encourage students to develop a sense of community as they become
acquainted with their peers and to acquire information about opportunities available in the School and
beyond. The Seminar focuses on global professional opportunities, fosters identification with
excellence, and supports development of essential communication skills for the global engineering
Dianne Atkinson, Ph.D.
Office: Mechanical Engineering Building Room 109 (Enter via Room 100 at west, toward Bell Tower, end of
first floor main hall.)
Office hours: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; also by appointment.
Voice: 765.494.1363; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mechanical Engineering Communications site (MECOM): https://engineering.purdue.edu/~mecom
The Seminar meets weekly in Room ME 161 from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m., Week 1 through Week 15.
Attendance is required. The decision to miss class for any reason, personal or professional, is left to
the student. Twelve regular Thursday seminars must be completed for seminar credit—a fourth
missed class means no credit, regardless of point totals.
Students who miss class should arrange to attend an alternate presentation because seminar
attendance accounts for a substantial part of final grades. Students are encouraged to make-up any
missed class with a “supplemental seminar” valued at 3 points so that the final grade is not affected.
To confirm points, go to ME 290 “Blackboard.” No “Blackboard” entry means that no attendance
points have been subtracted. Attendance (and point credit) is assumed for every scheduled
seminar. Only changes are entered on Blackboard—either missed attendance points (minus) or
supplemental seminar points earned (plus). Extra or replacement credit can be earned for up to three
“alternative events” at three points each for a total of 9 points. Note that supplemental seminar credit
requires that a summary be emailed to email@example.com on the same day as the event.
Please also email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any posting errors within one week of the event in
A listing of appropriate alternate presentations (“Supplemental Seminars” link) is maintained on the
course website, https://engineering.purdue.edu/~mecom. To receive credit for an alternate
presentation, email a commentary of about 100 words to email@example.com before the end of that
presentation day. All supplemental credit must be earned before the end of Week 14 (December 4,
Student participation in the Seminar is encouraged. At the same time, an orderly “large class”
environment is essential to success for both participants and guests. Untimely arrivals and
departures should be avoided. Please see the instructor in advance for decorous accommodations as
needed. Seating in H1, I1, and J1 near the double doors are available.
Professionalism is emphasized in the seminar. To support professional participation, weekly
information about the Seminar will be posted as a “Seminar Bulletin” on the “MECOM” website,
Mechanical Engineering Communications, https://engineering.purdue.edu/~mecom. Please consider
the Bulletin “assigned reading” every week. Note that replacement copies of seminar hand-outs and
assignments are also available on that website.
Seminar grades are based on the assignments listed in Table 1. Final semester grades are calculated
on the following standard scale:
A+ 4.0 100-97
A 4.0 96-93
A- 3.7 92-90
B+ 3.3 89-87
B 3.0 86-83
B- 2.7 82-80
C+ 2.3 79-77
C 2.0 76-73
C- 1.7 72-70
D+ 1.3 6-67
D 1.0 66-63
D- 0.7 62-60
F 0.0 Below 60
Table 1: ME 290 Global Engineering Professional Seminar Assignments
Text: Friedman's The World is Flat 3.0 Quiz #1 10 points
Text: Friedman's The World is Flat 3.0 Quiz #2 10 points
Text: Friedman's The World is Flat 3.0 Quiz #3 10 points
Black Cultural Center Lecture 5 points
Global Professional Profile (15) and Professional Photo (5) 20 points
Seminar Attendance and Participation (3 pts, each week) 45 points
Minimum of 12 regular Thursday seminars completed for course
Sum of all Assignments 100 points
Note: All course materials for ME 290 are available on the course website,
https://engineering.purdue.edu/~mecom. All assignments and class handouts can be printed by going
to “ME 290” and then to “Assignments.” Scroll down to locate materials for any previous week in the
Please contact the instructor if questions or concerns arise during the semester: Dianne Atkinson,
firstname.lastname@example.org or ME 109, phone 765.494.1363.