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Academic Performance of Engineering Students

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Systems Engineering

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14

DOI

10.18260/1-2--34084

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https://jee.org/34084

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Morteza Nagahi Mississippi State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-3589-7674

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Morteza Nagahi is a doctoral candidate and graduate research assistant at the Management Systems Engineering Lab at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Mississippi State University. Previously, Morteza received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tehran and a joint master of Business Administration degree specialized in Finance and Marketing from Mazandaran University of Science and Technology and Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Currently, Morteza is working as a graduate research assistant on an NSF funded project in the area of systems thinking. Morteza’s works have been published in prestigious journals including, Expert Systems With Applications, Engineering Management Journal, Journal of Computational Design & Engineering, Int. Journal of Engineering Education, Int. Journal of System of Systems Engineering, and Int. Journal of Procurement Management. Moreover, he is a reviewer in several journals and conferences, including IEEE TEM, IEEE Systems, Systems Engineering, IEEE VR, ASEE, ASEM, etc. He is a member of ASEE, IEEE, ASEM, INFORMS, and IISE. His main areas of research interest are systems thinking, complex systems, engineering education, organizational behavior, individual differences, and advanced statistical analysis.

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Raed Jaradat Mississippi State University

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Dr. Raed Jaradat is an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Mississippi State University and a visiting research scientist working with the Institute for Systems Engineering Research/MSU/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Jaradat received a PhD in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering from Old Dominion University in 2014. His main research interests include systems engineering and management systems, systems thinking and complex system exploration, system of systems, virtual reality and complex systems, systems simulation, risk, reliability and vulnerability in critical infrastructures with applications to diverse fields ranging from the military to industry. His publications appeared in several ranking journals including the IEEE Systems Journal, and the Computers & Industrial Engineering Journal. His total awarded projects exceed $ 5.2 M including National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DOD), Industry, and other Research Laboratories.

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Samaneh Davarzani Mississippi State University

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Samaneh Davarzani is a Ph.D. student and graduate research assistant in Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Mississippi State University. She received her master's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University of Tehran in 2012. Her main research interests includes Machine learning, AI applications in Healthcare, and Deep Learning.

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Mohammad Nagahisarchoghaei University of North Carolina at Charlotte Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-9140-542X

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Hey! I am Moe, a Ph.D. student in Computer Science department at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte experienced Graduate Research Assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Machine learning algorithms, Deep Learning, Data Mining, and Text Mining. Strong research professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused on Finance and Organizational Behavior, from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 2014. I am also holding a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the highly ranked university in Iran (Shahid Beheshti University) in 2012.

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Simon R. Goerger U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

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Dr. Simon R. Goerger is the Director for the Institute for Systems Engineering Research (ISER), US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). He received his BS from the United States Military Academy (USMA), his MS National Security Strategy from the National War College, and his MS in Computer Science and his PhD in Modeling and Simulation both from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a Retired Colonel from the US Army, where his appointments included Director of the Operations Research Center of Excellence in the Department of Systems Engineering at USMA. Dr. Goerger is also the 2019-2020 President of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS).

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Abstract

Academic performance of college students, particularly those who are in an engineering program, continues to receive attention in the literature. However, there is a lack of studies that examine the simultaneous effects of students' systems thinking (ST) skills and proactive personality (PP) on academic performance. The linkage between ST skills and PP has not been investigated adequately in the literature. The study aims to examine the ST skills and PP to predict the academic performance of engineering students and to find if there is a relationship between students' PP and the level of ST skills. Two established instruments, namely, ST skills instrument with seven dimensions and PP with one dimension, are administrated for data collection. A web-based cross-sectional survey using Qualtrics was used to collect the data using a sample of college engineering students. Different classification techniques were applied to perform the analysis and to compare the validity of results. This study provides implications and contributions to the engineering education body of knowledge. First, the study provides a better understanding of students' academic performance. This intent is to help educators, teachers, mentors, college authorities, and other involved parties to understand students' individual differences for a better training and guidance environment. Second, a closer look at the level of systemic thinking and PP of engineering students would help to understand engineering students' skillset.

Nagahi, M., & Jaradat, R., & Davarzani, S., & Nagahisarchoghaei, M., & Goerger, S. R. (2020, June), Academic Performance of Engineering Students Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34084

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