International Engineering Program

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Dr. John Grandin

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Biography

Dr. John M. Grandin founded the IEP in 1987 and, after successfully growing the program for 23 years, retired and is now Director Emeritus of the International Engineering Program at the University of Rhode Island. Grandin has received numerous awards for his work combining languages and engineering, including the Federal Cross of Honor from the Federal Republic of Germany, the Award for Educational Innovation from ABET, and the Michael P. Malone Award for Excellence in International Education from NASULGC, the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. He has published widely on such cross-disciplinary initiatives and has been the principle investigator for several funded projects related to the development of the International Engineering Program. Grandin also organizes and hosts an Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education, bringing together university faculty and business representatives to develop a more global engineering education nationally. Grandin has served as associate dean and acting dean of URI’s College of Arts and Sciences, and as chair of the Department of Languages. He also has published several articles and a book on Franz Kafka. His book, Going the Extra Mile: University of Rhode Island Engineers in the Global Workplace, highlights students who graduated the University of Rhode Island’s International Engineering Program.

 

Publications

Books

Kafka’s Prussian Advocate: A Study of the Influence of Heinrich von Kleist on Franz Kafka. Columbia, South Carolina: Camden House, 1987. (191 pages)

Chapters

“Kafka’s Defenestrations,” in The Kafka Debate, ed. Angel Flores (New York: Gordian Press, 1977), pp. 216-223.

“Kafka’s Windows to Life,” in The Dove and the Mole, ed. Moshe Lazar (Los Angeles: Undena Publications, 1987), pp. 213-226.

“Language and Engineering: The Next Step,” Proceedings of the Clemson Conference on Language and International Trade, ed. S. Carl King and Sixto E. Torres (Clemson, South Carolina: Clemson University, 1989), pp. 29-42.

“The Changing Goals of Language Instruction,” (with Kandace Einbeck and Walter von Reinhart), in Languages for a Multicultural World in Transition, ed. Heidi Byrnes (Lincolnwood, Illinois: National Textbook Company and Northeast Conference, 1992), pp. 123-163.

“Foreign Language Education: An Agenda for the 1990′s,” to be included in a forthcoming volume edited and published by the United States Department of Education (in press).

“The University of Rhode Island’s International Engineering Program,” in Language and Content: Discipline and Content-Based Approaches to Language Study, ed. Merle Krueger and Frank Ryan (Lexington, Massachusetts: D.C. Heath and Company, 1992), pp. 130-137.

“The Evolution of the Business-Language Program at the University of Rhode Island,” (with Norbert Hedderich) in Handbook for German in Business and Technology, edited by Bettina F. Cothran and published jointly by the Goethe Institute and the American Association of Teachers of German, 1994, pp. 123-137.

“Educating American Engineers for the Global Workplace,” in Proceedings of the Fourth World Conference on Engineering Education, October 15-20, 1995, Saint Paul, Minnesota, edited by E. R. Krueger and F.A. Kulacki, University of Minnesota, vol 4, pp. 29-33.

“The International Engineering Program at the University of Rhode Island,” with Thomas J. Kim, in Navigating the New Engineering World: Proceedings of the 11th Conference on Engineering Education, July 5-7, 1998, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, pp. 519-523.

“Languages Across the Curriculum in the Context of Higher Education Reform,” in Next Steps for Languages Across the Curriculum, edited by Robert E. Shoenberg and Barbara Turlington, published by the American Council on Education, 1998, pp. 5-12.
Also in Languages Across the Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Structures and International Education, ed. Maria-Regina Kecht and Katharina von Hammerstein, Ohio State University, 2000, pp. 3-13.

“German and Engineering: An Overdue Alliance,” published with update and “Reflective Statement” in Teaching German in America: “Past Progress and Future Promise,” ed. George Peters (Baltimore, American Association of Teachers of German, 2002), pp. 129-144.

“Globalization: A Look at the Positive Side,” to appear in a volume on globalization and language, ed. Bernd Huppauf, NYU, spring 2004.

Forward to new edition of Opportunities in Foreign Language Careers , ed. Wilga Rivers, (New York, VGM Career Books, 2004).

“Globalization and Its Impact on the Profession,” in Realizing Our Vision of Languages for All, ed. Audrey Heining-Boynton, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2005.

“Preparing Engineers for the Global Workplace: The University of Rhode Island,” in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education,” June 2006.

“International Dual Degrees at the Graduate  Levels: The University of Rhode Island and the Technische Universität Braunschweig,” Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2007.

“Why Learn Another Language if the Whole World Speaks English?” in English as the Global Language: Perspectives and Implications,  ed. S. Rajagopalan, the Icfai University Press, 2007.

Grandin, J.M. and Hirleman, E.D.  “Educating Engineers as Global Citizens: A Call for Action”, Report of the National Summit Meeting on the Globalization of Engineering Education, March, 2009. In print or accessed http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/ojgee/vol4/iss1/ or   http:/globalhub.org/

Grandin, J., Hedderich, N., “Intercultural Competence in Engineering,” in Deardorff, Darla, The Sage Handbook of Intercultural Competence, Sage, 2009, pp. 362-373.

Journal Articles

“Kafka’s Ein plötzlicher Spaziergang,” Modern Language Notes, 80, No. 5 (October 1974), pp. 866-872.

“The Demand for German in International Business,” Die Unterrichtspraxis, No. 2 (1977), pp. 32-39.

“Woyzeck and the Last Judgment,” German Life and Letters, 31, No. 2 (January 1978), pp. 175-179.

Kafka’s Prague Today,” Modern Austrian Literature, 11, No. 3/4 (1978), pp. 293-301.

“Direction and Focus for a Department of Foreign Languages” (with McNab, Morin, and Viglionese), Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Bulletin, 10, No. 3 (March, 1979), pp. 25-33.

“The Business-Language Program at the University of Rhode Island,” ADFL Bulletin, 16, No. 3 (1985), pp. 42-44.

“Teaching German Business Correspondence: A Computer Assisted Approach,” Die Unterrichtspraxis, No. 1 (1986), pp. 49-55.

“German and Engineering: An Overdue Alliance,” Die Unterrichtspraxis, No. 22 (1989), pp. 146-152.

“Deutsch für Ingenieure: Das Rhode Island Programm,” in Das Jahrbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Vol. 15, (Fall 1989), pp. 297-306.

“Developing Internships in Germany for International Engineering Students,” Die Unterrichtspraxis, No. 2 (1991), pp. 209-214.

“Foreign Languages for 1992,” in The RIFLA Gazette (Publication of the Rhode Island Foreign Language Association), January 1992 (non-refereed).

“International Experience for Engineers,” with H. Viets, in The International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 9, Nr. 1 (1993). pp. 93-94.

“The International Engineering Internship Program at the University of Rhode Island,” with Kristen Verducchi, in The Journal of Chemical Engineering Education,” May 1996, pp. 126-129.

“Educating Engineers for the Global Workplace: A Study of Cross-Cultural Issues’” with Eric W. Dehmel, Journal of Language for International Business, Vol 8, Nr. 2 (1997), pp. 1-15.

“German and Engineering – ein interdisziplinäres Programm an der University of Rhode Island” with Doris Kirchner, in Wirtschaftsdeutsch International: Zeitschrift für sprachliche und interkulturelle Wirtschaftskommunikation, WDi 1/99, pp. 109-119.

“German and Engineering at the University of Rhode Island: Preparing Students for the Global Workplace,” with Jennifer Dail, in Lernwelten: Eine Zeitschrift des Goethe-Instituts für Deutschlehrende in den USA, Heft 3, January-August 2000, pp.9-10.

“Preparing Engineers for the Global Workplace:  The University of Rhode Island,” in the Online Journal for Global Engineering Education, Volume 1, Issue 1, Fall 2006.

“International Dual Degrees at the Graduate  Levels: The University of Rhode Island and the Technische Universität Braunschweig,” in the Online Journal for Global Engineering Education, Volume 3, Issue 1, Fall 2008.

Presentations at Professional Meetings

Invited presentation on URI’s International Engineering Program at Cranston Rotary Club, February 8, 2006.

Invited speaker on Dual Degree Models for International Engineering Education, at 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Education Conference, Beijing, China, April 2006.

Invited speaker on Dual Degree Models for International Engineering Education, at DAAD Seminar, Chicago, June 2006.

Presenter and session organizer on “Preparing Engineers for the Global Workplace,” ASEE Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 2006.

Co-organized URI/Braunschweig Mini-Conference on Microfluidics, as part of the URI Program in International Research and Education, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the German Program for Transatlantic Encounters, August 2-6. 2006.

Invited speaker on “Globalization” at Management Trainee Seminar, ZF Sachs North America, Hebron, Kentucky, August 27, 2006.

Invited speaker on “Preparing Engineers for the Global Workplace” at the U.S Department of Education conference for directors of Foreign Language Resource Centers and Area Studies Centers, Washington, DC, September 26, 2006.

Invited keynote speaker on “Developing the Curriculum for the Global Engineer,” at the ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, Rio de Janeiro, October 8-12, 2006.

Invited speaker on “International Research Collaborations” at URI University Club as part of Research Week, October 16, 2006.

Presenter and session organizer on “Preparing Engineers for the Global Workplace,” ASEE Annual Conference, Honolulu, June 2007.

Invited speaker on “Preparing Engineers for the Global Workplace” at the U.S Department of Education International Education Forum, Washington, DC, February 21-23, 2008.

Invited panelist: Academic Soirée: Pride, Prejudice and Promises. Why and Where is Research Attractive? Organized by the German Research Foundation, New York, March 17, 2008.

Invited international panelist at “Round the Globe – Future 2020,” sponsored by Zentrum für Lern- und Wissensmanagement und Lehrstuhl Informatik im Maschinenbau (ZLW/IMA) der RWTH Aachen, May 16, 2008.

Grandin, J., organization and hosting of the 11th Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education, Newport, RI, November 6-9, 2008.

Grandin, J., organization and chairmanship of the National Summit Meeting on the Globalization of Engineering Education, Newport, RI, November 5-6, 2008.

Grandin, J., Invited keynote speaker at celebration ceremonies of the career of Dr. Peter Nübold, “Warum soll man Deutsch lernen, wenn die ganze Welt Englisch spricht?,” Technische Universität Braunschweig, June 9, 2008.

Grandin, J., "The International Engineering Program at the University of Rhode Island,”at the EU/US Workshop on Research and Education , November 17-18, 2008, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Grandin, J., Briefing on Report of the National Summit Meeting on the
Globalization of Engineering Education, at National Science Foundation, April 17, 2009.

Grandin, J., Briefing on Report of the National Summit Meeting on the

Globalization of Engineering Education, at meeting on Languages and the Professions, Washington, DC, May 1, 2009.

Grandin, J., Commencement speech at College of Engineering Commencement, May 17, 2009.

Special Honors and Awards

Global Engineering & Engineering Technology Award, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

University of Rhode Island Administrative Excellence Award.

Award for Outstanding Contributions to graduate Studies at the University of Rhode Island.

NASULGC - National Association of State Universities and Land-grant Colleges - Malone Award for Leadership in International Education.

Outstanding German Educator Award, presented by the American Association of Teachers of German and the Check Point Charlie Foundation.

URI College of Engineering Chester H. Kirk Faculty Excellence Award.

Cooperation Prize, granted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in recognition of the URI-Braunschweig Exchange ($20,000)

URI Quality Award - presented by President Robert Carothers.

ABET Educational Innovation Award - an award extended to the University's International Engineering Program by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.

Order of the Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) of the Federal Republic of Germany -- bestowed for extraordinary service on behalf of the German language and culture in the United States.

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