Plus3: Virtually Exploring Global Supply Chains

Did you ever wonder what happens when you hit the buy button at Amazon?  How do companies get the raw materials they need, create a product, and then distribute their products? 

 

Plus 3: Virtually Exploring Global Supply Chains (from concept to customer) is an experiential virtual learning course designed to provide first year engineering, business and nursing students a firsthand glimpse of globalization through industry-specific company tours, Q&A sessions with executives, and lectures that provide cultural and academic perspective.   

This program is truly global  in that it focuses on four different parts of the world: Brazil, Germany, South Africa and the US.  Interactive cultural visits with peers from these countries, will provide context for virtual company visits.  In the Q & A sessions, you will learn about business and engineering practices to better understand the interdependencies of the global market.    

The course will develop your professional skills to connect, collaborate and perform virtually to help you better prepare for the changing virtual business environment and employers' needs of tomorrow! In this very unusual period of time, enjoy the unique learning experience of traveling the world, meeting people from different countries  and cultures, and stamping your virtual passport through the use of technology to transport you to foreign destinations in real time! 

This course will be taught over six weeks in Summer 2021 virtually during Pitt Summer Session 6WK1: Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30am-11:45am,  May 17 through June 26.

If you successfully participate in the Virtual Global Plus 3 program, and you apply for future SSOE Pitt study abroad developed programs, your application will be given preference.  

The application for this program will open on Friday, Feb 12, 2021 and will remain open until April 15, 2021 or the program is filled,whichever comes first.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling admission.  Maximum number of participants is 20. A waitlist will be established after 20 students have been accepted. 

 

Requirements:

First year students from the Swanson School of Engineering, the College of Business Administration, the School of Nursing, and UPJ's Division of Business and Enterprise.with a 2.75 GPA or above are welcome to apply. 

 

Course and credits:

This is a 3 credit course: ENGR 1151

DRAFT Syllabus for this course (ENGR 1151) can be found here. 

Additional information can be found on the academic description tab. Engineering International Programs will enroll you after you have been accepted on the program. 

 

How does this course count towards my degree requirements?

For students in the College of Business Administration, the School of Nursing, and UPJ's Division of Business and Enterprise:  please check with your Academic Advisor to determine how/if this course will count towards degree requirements.

 

For students in the Swanson School of Engineering: the following lists how this course will count towards degree requirements for SSOE students who successfully complete the course:

Bioengineering: Advanced Engineering/Science/Technical Elective 

Civil and Environmental Engineering:  ENGR elective for CE majors and an Environmental Program elective for ENVE majors

Chemical Engineering: Professional Elective in the CHE curriculum

Electrical and Computer Engineering:  Technical or Open elective 

Engineering Science: Engineering Elective

Industrial Engineering:  Technical Elective and the international experience (travel) portion of the IE International Requirement

Materials Science Engineering: Engineering Elective

Mechanical Engineering: Engineering Elective

 

Cost:

The tuition for the program wil be $2,328 for in-state students and $2,528 for out-of-state students. Additional Pitt fees are yet to be finalized, but please consult  https://ir.pitt.edu/undergraduate-tuition/ for more details on typical student fees.

 

 

 

Academic Description: 
This 3 credit course will be taught over six weeks in Summer 2021 virtually during Pitt Summer Session 6WK1: Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30am-11:45am, May 17 through June 26. Please see the overview section for a link to the syllabus and also for how this course will count towards degree requirements in your major. Faculty for this program are Dr. Karen Bursic and Mr. Frank Bursic - please see their bios in the contact section.
Application Instructions: 

Please complete and submit all sections of the application for Plus3: Virtually Exploring Global Supply Chains.  The application for this program will open on Friday, Feb 12, 2021 and will remain open until April15, 2021 or the program is filled,whichever comes first.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling admission.  Maximum number of participants is 20. A waitlist will be established after 20 students have been accepted. 

First year engineering, business or nursing students with a 2.75 GPA or above are welcome to apply. 

Engineering International Programs will enroll you after you have been accepted and paid the $100 deposit to secure your space in this program.  (The $100 deposit goes toward the total cost of the proram.). 

SAO Staff: 

Alicia JF Olalde, M.A.

Konnichiwa! After working for the JET program in Japan for just over two years, I decided to pursue a career in international education. I returned to the US via a few months of travel -slowing making my way west with many stops in stunning locations and with amazing people. Whenever possible, I continue to love exploring new countries and cultures! I have been fortunate to work both as an administrator and as a classroom educator in higher education; my areas of interest are international, adult and comparative education.  I enjoy assisting engineering students seize international opportunities! Reach out to me at a.olalde@pitt.edu!

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Dr. Karen M. Bursic

Dr. Bursic is an Associate Professor and the Undergraduate Program Director for the Department of Industrial Engineering.  She was instrumental in developing the International Requirement for IE, a first of its kind, which aims to have every graduate have a study abroad experience during their undergraduate career.   She has over 30 years of experience in industry and academia with a research focus on Engineering Education and numerous publications in this area.  She has traveled to Germany, Turkey and Italy to enhance her understanding of international education.   Dr. Bursic teaches courses in engineering economics and engineering management as well as engineering analysis and computing in the First Year Engineering program. 

 

Frank Bursic

Frank Bursic holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He has had a highly successful career in business and executive management, project management, technical & leadership training, sales & marketing, business development, contract negotiations, and engineering design and services.  He currently owns and operates InRoads International LLC, a company that provides unique strategic business development expertise and market intelligence to the commercial nuclear power market.  Mr. Bursic has over 35 years of experience in a wide variety of industries and technologies and has travelled extensively in both Europe and Asia. 

 

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