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A University-State College Collaborative Project to Advance Students' Degree Completion and Career Attainment in Engineering and Computer Science

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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

Research, Innovation and Careers

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Two-Year College

Tagged Topic

Diversity

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21

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https://peer.asee.org/32016

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Ali Zilouchian Florida Atlantic University

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Ali Zilouchian is currently a professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University. He is also currently the Director of “CAPTURE” program which is related to increasing pipeline, graduation rate as well as future jobs in the State of Florida related to STEM graduates especially Computer Science and Engineering fields. His recent projects have been funded by DOE, Florida BOG, National Science Foundation, Florida Power and Lights (FPL), Broward County School district and several other sources. His recent research works related to alternative energy applications includes Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) for Solar Systems, Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) and battery technology to transportation technology. In addition, he has conducted research on the applications of soft computing methodologies to industrial processes including, desalination processes, oil refineries, fuzzy control of jet engines, and fuzzy controllers for car engines.
Dr. Zilouchian has published one book, and over 143 book chapters, scholarly journal papers, and refereed conference proceedings. He has supervised 20 Ph.D. and MS students to completion during his tenure at FAU. He has taught more than thirty (30) different courses related to engineering technology during his tenure at FAU. In 1996 and 2001, Dr. Zilouchian was awarded for the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at FAU. He has also received many awards including 1998 outstanding leadership award (IEEE, membership development), best organizer award(World Automation Congress, 2002), best paper award( WAC, 2002), 2003 and 2004 College of Engineering Dean’s awards in recognition of his contributions toward achievement of the goals of College of Engineering and Computer Science at FAU. He has served as session chair and organizer of many sessions in the international conferences for the past 30 years. Professor Zilouchian is currently an associate editor of the International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering out of Oxford, UK. Professor Zilouchian is senior member of several professional societies including Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, ASEE and IEEE.

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Nancy Romance Florida Atlantic University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8449-0187

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Dr. Romance is Professor of Science Education in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and a graduate faculty member in both the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Science at FAU.Her research interests address meaningful learning in complex STEM domains, applying a learning sciences lens in addressing issues ranging from building elementary teachers knowledge and skill in teaching science to coordinating learning communities addressing mathematics curriculum as a persistent barrier impacting student success and retention in undergraduate STEM programs. She is currently OI on a NSF DR K-12, Co-PI on a USDOE Title III Hispanic Serving Institution, internal evaluator on FAU's NSF Advance early phase grant, and a member of the Advisory Board on the NSF STEM+C in Broward Schools and the NSF MSP at the University of Toledo.

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Annie Laurie Myers Broward College

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Annie Myers - A dynamic, forthright leader who engages her employees in partnerships for success in process and performance, she exudes positive energy and has the ability to energize others. She is extroverted and optimistic and thrives on action, she relishes change, and has the ability to execute—to get the job done.

A hybrid leader, with 22 years of supervisory, management, and leadership experience from the newspaper industry, proficient in both operations and information systems.

Associate Dean at Broward College and teaching since 2002, providing leadership and policy advice on matters related to all teaching and academic support services which include courses within Baccalaureate degrees, Associate in arts, Associate in science, and Associate in Applied Science.

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Dana Hamadeh Palm Beach State College

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Dana Hamadeh earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Mathematics. Some of her professional experiences include over ten years teaching college mathematics, supervising student learning center for physics and mathematics, managing multimillion dollar STEM grant programs, and serving as Associate Dean of STEM and Health Sciences Academic Affairs at Palm Beach State College. She continues to develop and present dynamic and interactive staff, faculty, and student workshops and seminars on various academic and professional related topics, and has been instrumental in the development of various STEM active learning spaces for students and faculty. She feels privileged and blessed to wake up every morning doing what she loves to do.

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Michael Vitale East Carolina University

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DR. Vitale holds the Ph.D. in Educational Research and Instructional Psychology.

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Abstract

The paper presents the summary of a successful five-year (2013-2018) collaboration among two state colleges and a recent Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) university with a combined 140,000+ undergraduate students. The initial project entitled “ Computer Accelerated Pipeline to Unlock Regional Excellence” (CAPTURE) sponsored by the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) has addressed curriculum mapping and articulation from two State Colleges to a 4 year institution to support student degree completion in computer science and engineering programs. In addition, this paper reports on the success of first two years of a United States DOE Title III project built upon the CAPUTURE initiative for Hispanics and low income students. The collected data for the past five years (2013-2018) validates the effectiveness of the proposed initiative in increasing both the student pipeline and graduation rates. The process has also deepened our understanding of the needs of students in terms of how to better align student career aspirations with industry workforce needs. The effectiveness of the collaborative model could be replicated among other institutions interested in promoting engineering degrees among Hispanic and low income students.

Zilouchian, A., & Romance, N., & Myers, A. L., & Hamadeh, D., & Vitale, M. (2019, June), A University-State College Collaborative Project to Advance Students' Degree Completion and Career Attainment in Engineering and Computer Science Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32016

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