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A Correlation Study of Project-based Course Activities on STEM Engineering Technology Students’ Enrollment

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Project-based Learning in ET Programs

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Engineering Technology

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26.28.1 - 26.28.19



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Ihab Habib P.E. Austin Peay State University

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Ihab Youssef Habib
Assistant Professor and Program Manager of Construction in Engineering Technology Department

Doctorate of Education, Leadership & Professional Practice, Trevecca Nazarene University, (May 2012 – (Expected 2015)
Masters of Engineering, Concentration in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tennessee State University, August 2000 – April 2002
Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering, concentration in Structures, Ain Shams University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, August 1985 – May 1990
Assistant Professor and Program Manager of Construction in Engineering Technology Department, July 2011- Present
Adjunct Faculty, Engineering Technology Department, 2002-2004
Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville, Tennessee
Structural Supervisor Specialist I, April 2005– June 2011
AEC&I Design Group Inc., Nashville, Tennessee
Founder & Construction Project Manager, March 2002 –July 2008
Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville, Tennessee
Structural Specialist I & Structural Specialist II, January 2000- April2005
Graduate Transportation Associate, January 1999- January 2000
PBS&J, Nashville, Tennessee
Professional Engineer Licensed in Tennessee. (License #106875, Inactive)
General Contractor Licensed in Tennessee (License #00050709, Inactive)
TAS Tennessee Academy of Science Engineering Section Chair 2013-14
ASEE American Society of Engineering Educators Member
Leadership Clarksville member of class 2014
National Association Home Builder Student Chapter at Austin Peay 2013
Currently serving in Assessment Analysis Council
School of Technology and Public Management Outstanding faculty award 2012-2013
Construction Projects
St Clement Elementary School
Antioch Egyptian Evangelical Church
L & E Market and Grocery Store
St George Coptic Orthodox Church
St Bishoy Orthodox Church
Brentwood Chase sub-division
Fr. Boutrous residence Lot 94 (3,800sqft)
The Faheem residence Lot 54 (3,000 sqft)
The Leyons residence Lot 80 (3,000 sqft)
The Private residence Lot 79 (4,200 sqft)
The Jeff Goldstien residence Lot 69 (3,200 sqft)
The Goldstien residence Lot 94 (3,000 sqft)
The Gabous residence Lot 50 (2,800 sqft)
Fr. Mina’s residence Lot 53 (3,100 sqft)
I-69 Ramp E over US-51 Obion Co. (Curved Steel Bridge Seismic)
I-269 over SR86 Shelby-Fayette Co. (Steel Bridge Seismic)
Park swain Rd over Indian Creek Hardman Co. (Seismic)
SR 346 all 7 Bridges – Carroll Co. (Seismic)
SR 70 over Clinch River – Hancock Co.
SR 385 over Fletcher rd. in Shelby – Fayette Co. (Seismic)
SR15 (U.S. 64) over Hardin Creek in Wayne Co.
SR49 over Sycamore creek in Cheatham Co.
SR15 over Choate creek in Giles Co.
SR45 over I-65 in Davidson Co. (steel bridge) Jones Gap Rd over SR111 Hamilton Co.
SR111 over Big Brush Creek in Sequatchie Co.

2011 Participated in the in-depth online Text Book review of Vogt, Carpentry 5/e published by Delmar Learning
2012 Chapter review,(Smyth, Volker) Enhancing Instruction with Visual Media: Utilizing Video and Lecture Capture, which is to be published by IGI Global ( and scheduled for release in the spring of 2013
The Standard LRFD designs Box and Slab culvert for Tennessee Department of Transportation (2000) [Members from TDOT Structures Division]

“A Study of Female Students Enrollment in Engineering Technology STEM Programs”. Ihab Habib, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee. Tennessee Academy of Science presentation 2013

“The Engineering Technology curriculum faces challenges of instructional diversity and delivery methods that will lead to effectively using online and blended course delivery”. Sue C. Evans and Ihab Habib, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee Academy of Science presentation 2012

“THE EFECT OF ADVANCED APPLICATION TECHNOLOGY ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT” Ihab S Habib, Abu Sarwar, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN. Tennessee Academy of Science presentation 2011

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Abstract A correlation study of Capstone, and project-based courses activities on STEMengineering technology students’ enrollment. Ihab Habib (2014), Austin Peay State University,Clarksville, Tennessee. The problem studied in this research project was the List of engineeringtechnology activities (co-curricular and academic). For each activity indicate your level ofinvolvement during the most recent academic year enrollment of female STEM engineeringtechnology students and the impact of research or project based learning activities on the student,enrollment, retention, and completion of engineering curriculum. The problem studied in thisresearch project was the enrollment of female STEM engineering technology students and theimpact of professional mentoring and financial incentives on their enrollment, retention, andcompletion of engineering curriculum. The purpose of this research was to evaluate the topic offemale students’ enrollment in Engineering Technology STEM programs, compare the factorsinfluenced the female enrollment in undergraduate engineering curricula to their malecounterpart, the impacts of professional mentoring and financial incentives on female STEMengineering technology students and developed and implemented a professional mentoring andfinancial incentive program within the site university STEM engineering technology program.The following research questions guided this research project: 1. What factors influenced enrollment of female STEM engineering technologystudents’ enrollment in undergraduate engineering curricula? 2. What were the impacts of professional mentoring and financial incentives onfemale STEM engineering technology students? 3. How was a successful professional mentoring and financial incentive programdeveloped within the site university STEM engineering technology program? A survey correlation study was done by the researcher in a Middle Tennessee Universityto determine factors that influenced students enrollment to the program especially female as aminority in the Engineering Technology Department, make necessary changes to the curriculum,and make improvements in project based learning to improve rate of enrollment, retention, andcompletion of the Engineering technology program. A survey was created to study the activitiesthat lead students to their choice of major regardless of their gender differences. This resultscould increase Females in engineering Technology to improve current under-represented groups.Other similar studies showed the more females are provided with scholarships and facultymentorship the ore diversity will be in engineering schools. This correlational study used a combination of qualitative and quantitative data fromenrolled ENGT university students’ and quantitative data from the students’ response. The studytook place over the course of the spring of 2013-2014 school year. It was conducted at a MiddleTennessee public university and data was generated from the site’s Engineering TechnologyPrograms. The two groups were the male and female students enrolled in the ENGT programs.Several areas of statistical significance were identified, and other areas showed statisticalsignificances with strong correlations were identified in this study by reviewing the data acquiredfrom the statistical tests. Suggestions for further research include conducting the same research in other parts ofthe country to eliminate regional gender role perceptions.

Habib, I. (2015, June), A Correlation Study of Project-based Course Activities on STEM Engineering Technology Students’ Enrollment Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23369

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