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A Mathematics Focused Methodology Used In Mentoring And Advising Students Towards Engineering And Engineering Technology Careers

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Mathematics in Transition

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9.61.1 - 9.61.9



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Pravin Raut

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Jonathan Lambright

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Introduction To Engineering Analysis: A Course And Methodology Developed As A Gateway To Engineering And Engineering Technology Degrees

Jonathan P. Lambright Ph.D., Pravin Raut Ph.D. Savannah State University

Abstract Savannah State University offers 5 Engineering Technology undergraduate and 4 undergraduate engineering degrees. The engineering degree program is through a collaborative effort with the Georgia Institute of Technology. Georgia Tech – Savannah allows a student to obtain a bachelor of science in engineering degree without leaving the city of Savannah and without having to matriculate to the Georgia Tech – Atlanta campus. As a result of partnering with Georgia Tech for engineering programs, Savannah State has had to undergo an extensive curriculum review and modification to develop new courses and revamp existing courses that reflect the same content and rigor as those that are offered on the Georgia – Tech Atlanta campus. One of the courses developed and taught at the Savannah State campus is Introduction To Engineering Analysis (ENGR 1113). ENGR1113 is pre-calculus with an emphasis on an engineering problems oriented approach. At SSU we use this course as the gateway into the engineering and engineering technology majors. Along with other indicators, this course is an excellent measure of whether a student is prepared for engineering or is more geared towards the engineering technology major.

Other measures of academic success were developed and used in conjunction with ENGR1113. Each incoming freshman or transfer student who proposes to major in engineering must at the beginning of the semester take a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) mathematics based exam. This exam is timed, computer based and has two components; college algebra and trigonometry. Within this paper the authors discuss a methodology that was developed to assist in the advisement of students to an engineering technology or engineering major. The method uses the SMET placement exam results, the students math SAT score, the first two exam results of ENGR1113 in the development of a freshman index for engineering and engineering technology students. The paper discusses results of the new course and application of the new methodology used to assist in advising students to an appropriate engineering major. In addition, the paper discusses the lessons the authors have learned thus far from by using the course as a gateway into engineering and engineering technology majors.

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Raut, P., & Lambright, J. (2004, June), A Mathematics Focused Methodology Used In Mentoring And Advising Students Towards Engineering And Engineering Technology Careers Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13871

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