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Academic Performance And Cooperative Employment Of Transfer Scholars In Engineering & Engineering Technology Programs

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Louisville, Kentucky

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June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

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June 23, 2010

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2153-5965

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Retention Strategies in Action Part I

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Two Year College Division

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7

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15.117.1 - 15.117.7

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Surendra Gupta Rochester Institute of Technology

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“Vinnie” Gupta is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and a member of the graduate faculty of Materials Science & Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY). He is a recipient of the 2000 Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. At RIT, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Applied Mechanics, Computational Techniques, and Materials Science.

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Daniel Johnson Rochester Institute of Technology

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Daniel P. Johnson is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology/Packaging Science Department at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the past Program Chair for Manufacturing Engineering Technology and teaches courses in manufacturing operations, automation, robotics, computer aided manufacturing and operations strategy. Prior to joining the MMET/PS Faculty he was Director of RIT’s Manufacturing Management and Leadership Program and Engineering Manager for the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies. His industrial experience includes work as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer for Allied Signal. He has a Master of Engineering Degree in Manufacturing and a BS in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from RIT as well as an AAS in Engineering Science from Hudson Valley Community College.

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John Morelli Rochester Institute of Technology

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John Morelli is a Professor of Environmental Management and Technology and Chair of RIT’s Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Technology. He also holds the endowed Russell C. McCarthy Chair and serves as the Director of RIT’s Environmental Management Leadership Initiative. He has directed or co-directed six international symposia in the US and Europe in the areas of environment and sustainability.

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Michael Eastman Rochester Institute of Technology

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Mike Eastman is a Professor and Department Chair of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He teaches courses technical programming and embedded systems design. His research interests include algorithm development and implementation in Field Programmable Gate Arrays.

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Vincent Amuso Rochester Institute of Technology

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Vincent Amuso is an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY). He has chaired several international conferences in the area of Waveform Diversity & Design. At RIT, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in signal processing and radar and communication systems.

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James Moon Rochester Institute of Technology

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James Moon is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering department. He was a recipient of the 2009 Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. At RIT, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses primarily in semiconductor device physics, solid-state physics, and electronics.

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Academic Performance and Cooperative Employment of Transfer Scholars in Engineering & Engineering Technology Programs

Introduction

Transfer students from two-year schools, both full-time and part-time, are important stakeholders in academic programs at our university, and form an extremely attractive pool to both expand and diversify the engineering and technology workforce of the future. Transfer students are especially important to the five engineering and engineering technology (EET) departments identified in Table 1 that also lists the number of BS degree programs offered in each department.

Table 1: Participating Academic Departments, Abbreviations, and Programs Academic Department Code # of Programs Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management & Safety CETEMS 1 Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering Technology ECTET 3 Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology /Packaging Science MMET/PS 4 Mechanical Engineering ME 1 Electrical and Microelectronics Engineering EE 2

All eleven of the BS degree programs in these five departments are ABET-accredited. Our academic calendar is based on four quarters of 11-week duration in a year. All BS degree programs except Packaging Science listed in Table 1 are five-year programs with a mandatory cooperative education component wherein students attend classes in Fall, Winter and Spring quarters in their first two years. In the third, fourth and fifth years, students alternate each quarter between on-campus study and off-campus co-op employment in industry. Thus, each student who enters as a first-term freshman has 12 quarters of on-campus study, and four (or five) quarters of paid co-op employment thus spending a total of five years before graduation. A student transferring from a two-year school at 3rd year-level may spend only six quarters for on- campus study but still needs at least four quarters of co-op employment to graduate with a BS degree. Therefore, a transfer student typically spends a total of three years at the university before graduating.

In AY 2007-8, we submitted a proposal to NSF focusing on students who wish to transfer at the 3rd year level from two-year schools to departments listed in Table 1, and requesting a total scholarship support of $8,000/student. Our goals were to:

1. Recruit, retain and graduate 75 additional transfer students from our engineering and engineering technology BS programs;

2. Identify women and minority students whenever possible but allow the scholarship to be provided to all students meeting the financial and academic eligibility conditions;

Gupta, S., & Johnson, D., & Morelli, J., & Eastman, M., & Amuso, V., & Moon, J. (2010, June), Academic Performance And Cooperative Employment Of Transfer Scholars In Engineering & Engineering Technology Programs Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16466

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