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A Comparative Analysis on the Engineer of 2020 - A Holistic REU Program

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Assessment of Learning in ECE Courses

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Electrical and Computer

Tagged Topic

Diversity

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10

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https://peer.asee.org/31945

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9

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Kristen Booth North Carolina State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/https://0000-0001-8682-7700

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Kristen Booth is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and PhD candidate with a focus in Power Electronics within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU). She graduated from NCSU with a Master of Science in 2017 and Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 2015. Kristen's research interests include electrical engineering education, medium frequency transformer optimization, and electric vehicle fast charger design optimization.

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Megan Patberg Morin North Carolina State University

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Megan Patberg Morin is a third year Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University. She is currently studying STEM education with a focus in Technology, Engineering, and Design. Her undergraduate degree is in Middle Childhood Education focusing on Math and Science from the University of Dayton, and her Master’s is also from NC State in Technology and Engineering Education. She currently works as Graduate Assistant in the Education and Workforce program at the FREEDM Systems Center and PowerAmerica at NC State. She focuses her research in electrical engineering education specifically research experiences, underrepresented populations, teaching practices, and community college students. Her dissertation will be a Phenemological case study on community college students in a Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Program.

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Alireza Dayerizadeh North Carolina State University

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Alireza received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida in 2015. His previous industry experience includes engineering roles at DPR Construction, Jabil, GE Aviation, and Stryker Communications. In the Fall of 2016, Alireza began pursing a PhD in Power Electronics at North Carolina State University. He is a recipient of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department's Merit Fellowship (2016) and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2018). His current research interests include electric vehicle fast chargers and wireless power transfer.

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Pam Page Carpenter North Carolina State University

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Pam Page Carpenter, Ed.D is Director of Education programs for the National Science Foundation Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center headquartered at NC State University. She has developed and led K-20 programs in renewable energy and alternative transportation with a focus on and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She is an adjunct associate professor in the Technology, Engineering, and Design department at NC State and earned her doctorate in Technology, Engineering, and Design in the College of Education at NC State University.

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Abstract

Since the beginning of the millennium, the conceptual Engineer of 2020 established the motivation for early 21st Century engineering curricula. The year 2020 is no longer a distant target; therefore, this paper proposes an assessment of our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) outcomes versus the skills, abilities, and characteristics of the ideal Engineer of 2020. While all engineering students gain technical competency in the classroom, deficiencies remain in most curricula when compared to the Engineer of 2020. Targeted efforts, like the proposed REU program, are required to remove these shortcomings in students’ profiles. The presented program structure may serve as a guide for other universities to develop well-rounded engineers for the future.

Booth, K., & Morin, M. P., & Dayerizadeh, A., & Carpenter, P. P. (2019, June), A Comparative Analysis on the Engineer of 2020 - A Holistic REU Program Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/31945

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