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A Localized National Engineering Education and Research Outreach Model for Engineering Workforce Pipeline

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2016 ASEE International Forum


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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Otsebele E Nare Hampton University

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Otsebele Nare is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Hampton University, VA. He received his electrical engineering doctorate from Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, in 2005. His research interests include System_Level Synthesis Techniques and K-16 Integrative STEM education.

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Vitaly Khaykin Hampton University


Hoshang Chegini Hampton University

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Dr. Chegini received his doctorate, masters, and bachelors' degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.
His academic background is in thermal science of mechanical Engineering and his areas of expertise is in multi-phase computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Dr. Chegini joined Hampton University School of Engineering & Technology as an associate professor in September 2002. Before joining Hampton University, he served as a faculty and chair of Mechanical Engineering department at K.N.T. University of Technology in Tehran, Iran for over 12 years.
Currently he is working as a CO-PI on a research project funded by Department of Energy.

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Chandra T Oaks-Garcia Time Out 4U, Inc.

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Chandra T. Oaks-Garcia is a secondary technology teacher in the Career and Technical Education Program. She earned her B.S in Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology from Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University and her M.Ed. from Averett University. She is currently studying postgraduate STEM Education at Old Dominion University. Mrs. Oaks-Garcia’s expertise is in the field of Computer-Aided-Design. She has over twenty-five years of professional experience as a Senior Designer with extensive knowledge in 3D Modeling Software and Computer-Integrated-Manufacturing collectively in the areas of Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Design.

Mrs. Oaks-Garcia has supports her local school districts within the community working with the National Institute of Aeronautics (NIA), Hampton, Virginia as a “Teacher In Residence” in 2009. She served on conference planning committees for VTEEA and TSA locally over a period of time. She also worked with the Division’s Career Academy Team for Hampton City Schools in 2010.

Mrs. Oaks-Garcia has proudly served a community of learners in the Hampton City School District in various capacities for the past fifteen (15) years. For her teaching strategy, Mrs. Oaks-Garcia incorporates real world learning into the classroom to promote and enhance student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. In September 2001, her Future Engineering Team consisting of 11th and 12th grade students of Hampton High School tackled a real-life engineering challenge following the terrorist attacks in three U.S. locations by designing, manufacturing and defending solutions to increase airline safety after 911. Mrs. Oaks-Garcia and her engineering students were featured in the Hampton Daily Press and on WAVY TV in 2001, and also in the NASA Newsletter in March 2002 for their innovative design solutions.

Mrs. Oaks-Garcia currently teaches STEM and Technology Education at the secondary level. She serves as a mentor for Hunter B. Andrews’s team of STEM students in the Virginia Ship Repair Foundation Annual Competitions. In 2010, the STEM students won 1st place with their futuristic Ship Design. Currently, Mrs. Oaks-Garcia is the facilitator of the after school CAM program at Hunter B. Andrews Pk-8 School. She is committed to empower the next generation of 21st century learners at an early age through STEM.

Mrs. Oaks-Garcia is the founder and CEO of Time Out 4U Incorporated, Youth Engineering Program, established in 2013. She serves as the Administrator for Operations and oversees activities. The organization is involved in grant-supported projects focused on Computer Additive Manufacturing and STEM Outreach for after school programs. The organization sponsors an annual STEM Symposium.

Mrs. Oaks-Garcia is from Mobile Alabama and currently resides with her husband in Hampton, Virginia and their four sons.

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Vadivel Jagasivamani Hampton University

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A consortium of eight universities and three US Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories was established in 2014. This consortium is implementing a model for industry, academia, and government partnerships focused in pipeline development of skilled workforce through advanced manufacturing. The guiding goals of the consortium are the following: • Building and maintaining a skilled STEM pipeline of students that will be capable of meeting future DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) needs. • Establishing collaborative efforts between the universities and the national plants/laboratories to foster advanced research. • Establishing collaborative relationships between the universities and the plants/laboratories to enhance the education and training of individuals in advanced manufacturing and technology development. • Establishing collaborative relationships between the universities and the plants/laboratories to expand the STEM outreach opportunities with a focus on advanced manufacturing for K-20 students. The education components of the model are focused on introducing undergraduate students to the state-of-the-art research and trends in the field of additive manufacturing and include student hands-on training in the use of commercially available modeling and simulation software with the ultimate goal of retaining these students in the pipeline and boosting their interest in the field. Efforts are also focused on the development of advanced manufacturing curriculum content that will also aid in targeting these goals.

This paper will also report on the expansion of STEM outreach activities with a focus on advanced (additive) manufacturing for K-20 as well as the enhancement of education and training of individuals as implemented in one of the consortium member institutions. The outreach components involved the training of undergraduate students through summer exchange at universities as well as through summer internship placement at national laboratories. A local outreach to middle/high schools was established through the implementation of an advanced manufacturing skills development after-school program for middle school students. The paper will present the model curriculum for the outreach program and show the integration of undergraduate students and K-12 teachers working together.

Nare, O. E., & Khaykin, V., & Chegini, H., & Oaks-Garcia, C. T., & Jagasivamani, V. (2016, June), A Localized National Engineering Education and Research Outreach Model for Engineering Workforce Pipeline Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/1-2--27228

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