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Efficiently Teaching Engineering And Technology Students Through Effective College–Industry Partnerships, Shweta Chopra, Kimberly M. Deranek Mar 2018

Efficiently Teaching Engineering And Technology Students Through Effective College–Industry Partnerships, Shweta Chopra, Kimberly M. Deranek

Shweta Chopra

Establishing college–industry collaboration is vital for the success of undergraduate students in engineering and technology programs. Engagement with local industry partners is essential to teach these students applied and hands-on concepts such as lean manufacturing and facility planning. Instructors are required to build meaningful relationships with industry partners so that students can benefit from active learning. Through industry partnerships, students have an opportunity to learn in various ways such as by visiting industrial sites, conducting projects with local industries, and having guest speakers discuss the numerous aspects of their business. Such activities help students become more immersed in their ...


Challenges In Technology Adoption In Indian Public Distribution System: A Quality Management Approach, Varun Chhabra, Shweta Chopra, Prashant Rajan Mar 2018

Challenges In Technology Adoption In Indian Public Distribution System: A Quality Management Approach, Varun Chhabra, Shweta Chopra, Prashant Rajan

Shweta Chopra

Information and communication technologies are being used by various countries to provide faster and transparent services to their citizens through e-government initiatives. A large population in developing countries remain deprived of these services due to lack of skills, training and infrastructure. Local community intermediaries with necessary skills are employed to provide these services to beneficiaries. The purpose of this study was to identify and prioritise the challenges faced by intermediaries in adopting e-government technology. Quality management tools of list reduction, affinity diagram and Pareto chart were used for this purpose. Utilising quality management tools is an unconventional approach to problem ...


Factors Affecting Beneficiaries’ Preference For Biannual Distribution Of Food Grains In Public Distribution System Of Punjab, India, Abhay Grover, Shweta Chopra Mar 2018

Factors Affecting Beneficiaries’ Preference For Biannual Distribution Of Food Grains In Public Distribution System Of Punjab, India, Abhay Grover, Shweta Chopra

Shweta Chopra

In 2014, to improve upon the existing scheme, the Punjab government launched a “new wheat-pulses scheme” under the public distribution system. The state decided to distribute grains on a six-monthly basis instead of every month. It claimed various benefits, whereas beneficiaries expressed concerns. The purpose of this research was to identify and understand factors affecting beneficiaries’ preference for successful adoption of six-monthly distribution system. Factors affecting beneficiaries’ preference included monthly hassle, leakages in system, storage challenges, interval of grain distribution, one-time down payment, trade of bulk grains by family, exploitation by middle-men, communication of arrival of grains, gender, area, and ...


Analysis Of The New Six Monthly Distribution Strategy For Food Grains: A Study Of Public Distribution System Of Indian Punjab, Abhay K. Grover, Shweta Chopra Jun 2017

Analysis Of The New Six Monthly Distribution Strategy For Food Grains: A Study Of Public Distribution System Of Indian Punjab, Abhay K. Grover, Shweta Chopra

Shweta Chopra

The audience will get an insight into the value stream of PDS for food grains in Indian Punjab, the key stakeholders of the system, and the impact of the new policy on these stakeholders. Furthermore the factors affecting the adoption of the new policy among the beneficiaries will be discussed.


Process Improvement Software Platform For Lean Management In The Healthcare Sector, A. Jayaruwani Fernando, Shweta Chopra Jun 2017

Process Improvement Software Platform For Lean Management In The Healthcare Sector, A. Jayaruwani Fernando, Shweta Chopra

Shweta Chopra

The audience will gain knowledge on the importance of process improvement software for increasing the efficiency in healthcare sector. Further, information on technology acceptance models on user behavior will be provided. The application of UTAUT model will show the audience, the performance of employee behavior with the process improvement software platform in healthcare sector. 127


Technology Adoption In India’S Food Security Program: A Qualitative Management Approach, Varun Chhabra, Shweta Chopra Jun 2017

Technology Adoption In India’S Food Security Program: A Qualitative Management Approach, Varun Chhabra, Shweta Chopra

Shweta Chopra

The attendees will get an in-depth information of role of ICT in Indian food security system and various challenges it poses to the users of new technology, affecting the performance of PDS. Application of six sigma methodology to improve ICT implementation in e-governance will be discussed. Implications of the work on PDS performance will be shared.


Enhancing The Learning And Engagement Of Women And Underrepresented Minority Students, Shweta Chopra, Gretchen A. Mosher, Pamela Rodriguez Jan 2017

Enhancing The Learning And Engagement Of Women And Underrepresented Minority Students, Shweta Chopra, Gretchen A. Mosher, Pamela Rodriguez

Shweta Chopra

The audience will learn about a mentoring program used in retaining female and other underrepresented minorities in the field of technology. Challenges faced by women and URMs in STEM field at workplace will also be shared. Ways to successfully overcoming such challenges and identify ways to become successful in career of their choice will conclude the presentation.


A Meta-Analysis Of The Effect Of Industry Engagement On Student Learning In Undergraduate Programs, Caleb Burns, Shweta Chopra Jan 2017

A Meta-Analysis Of The Effect Of Industry Engagement On Student Learning In Undergraduate Programs, Caleb Burns, Shweta Chopra

Shweta Chopra

Universities incorporate industry engagement alongside classroom teaching to prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, workers, or researchers to make the world a better place. Successful industry engagement activities provide students with life-changing experiences that can: (a) enhance students’ networking connections with professionals who can potentially provide employment references and future job positions, (b) give students an opportunity to gain practical experience by observing and applying the methods and theories learned in classroom to real-world scenarios, (c) allow students to gain experience in their prospective career path, and (d) improve students’ professional communication skills. Existing research has suggested ...


Designing For Food Security: Portability And The Expansion Of User Freedoms Through The Corepds In Chhattisgarh, India, Prashant Rajan, Shweta Chopra, A. K. Somasekhar, Chad M. Laux Oct 2016

Designing For Food Security: Portability And The Expansion Of User Freedoms Through The Corepds In Chhattisgarh, India, Prashant Rajan, Shweta Chopra, A. K. Somasekhar, Chad M. Laux

Shweta Chopra

Food insecurity is a complex global problem, with approximately one in eight humans struggling with insufficient ac-cess to adequate nutrition. India accounts for the largest share of the world’s food-insecure population despite more than four decades of subsidized food production, distribution, and consumption. We report on the public distribu-tion of food through the COREPDS (centralized online real-time public distribution system), an ICT intervention in the public distribution system of Chhattisgarh, India. COREPDS is a theoretically driven ICT intervention that empowers households in Chhattisgarh by offering them the freedom to choose when, where, and how they wish to exercise their ...


Food Safety Modernization Act: A Quality Management Approach To Identify And Prioritize Factors Affecting Adoption Of Preventive Controls Among Small Food Facilities, Abhay K. Grover, Shweta Chopra, Gretchen A. Mosher Jul 2016

Food Safety Modernization Act: A Quality Management Approach To Identify And Prioritize Factors Affecting Adoption Of Preventive Controls Among Small Food Facilities, Abhay K. Grover, Shweta Chopra, Gretchen A. Mosher

Shweta Chopra

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in the United States in 2011, shifting the existing food safety focus from a reactive to a preventive approach. According to literature, legislative requirements of FSMA can be challenging for small food facilities affected by the regulations immediately or in near future. Thus, the purpose of this research was to utilize quality management tools to identify and prioritize major challenges faced by small food facilities in adopting the preventive controls' component of the FSMA legislation. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews of food industry representatives and academic professionals from the ...


Adoption Of Food Safety Modernization Act: A Six Sigma Approach To Risk Based Preventive Controls For Small Food Facilities, Abhay K. Grover, Shweta Chopra, Gretchen A. Mosher Apr 2016

Adoption Of Food Safety Modernization Act: A Six Sigma Approach To Risk Based Preventive Controls For Small Food Facilities, Abhay K. Grover, Shweta Chopra, Gretchen A. Mosher

Shweta Chopra

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC, 2010), 17% of Americans are at risk from food borne illnesses leading to 325,000 hospitalizations and about 3000 deaths every year. There have been several occasions in past during which these outbreaks have posed serious health concerns such as E. coli 0157:H7 in spinach - 2006, Salmonella Saintpaul in pepper - 2008, Salmonella Typhimurium in peanut butter - 2008, and Salmonella Enteritidis in eggs - 2010 (Haglund, 2011; Pouliot, 2012). As a result food businesses have lost billions of dollars in recall of contaminated food such as 500,000 bushels of soybean had to ...


Facilitating Successful Global Research Among Engineering And Technology Scholars: The Case Study Of Agricultural Supply Chain, Shweta Chopra, Prashant Rajan, Chad M. Laux Mar 2016

Facilitating Successful Global Research Among Engineering And Technology Scholars: The Case Study Of Agricultural Supply Chain, Shweta Chopra, Prashant Rajan, Chad M. Laux

Shweta Chopra

With the increase in demand for the global research, scholars in engineering and technology discipline do not hesitate in taking up global opportunity for conducting research. Scholars may lack the skill set to work in an international environment and encounter many surprises during field research, directly impacting their productivity. However, prior information regarding climate, work, and traditional culture, etc. will help scholars to acclimatize faster and produce effective results in new environment. Current research utilizes case study method for data collection and data analysis by drawing on experiences of the authors while conducting 18 months field research in Chhattisgarh, India ...