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An Integrated Program for Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation of Academically Talented Low-Income Engineering Students

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

Conference Session

NSF Grantees: S-STEM 2

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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8

DOI

10.18260/1-2--34133

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https://www.jee.org/34133

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Houshang Darabi University of Illinois at Chicago Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-7881-6542

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Dr. Houshang Darabi is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Darabi has been the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of MIE since 2007. He has also served on the College of Engineering (COE) Educational Policy Committee since 2007. Dr. Darabi is the recipient of multiple teaching and advising awards including the UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017), COE Excellence in Teaching Award (2008, 2014), UIC Teaching Recognitions Award (2011), and the COE Best Advisor Award (2009, 2010, 2013). Dr. Darabi has been the Technical Chair for the UIC Annual Engineering Expo for the past 7 years. The Annual Engineering Expo is a COE’s flagship event where all senior students showcase their Design projects and products. More than 700 participants from public, industry and academia attend this event annually.
Dr. Darabi is an ABET IDEAL Scholar and has led the MIE Department ABET team in two successful accreditations (2008 and 2014) of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering programs. Dr. Darabi has been the lead developer of several educational software systems as well as the author of multiple educational reports and papers. Dr. Darabi’s research group uses Big Data, process mining, data mining, Operations Research, high performance computing, and visualization techniques to achieve its research and educational goals. Dr. Darabi’s research has been funded by multiple federal and corporate sponsors including the National Science Foundation, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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Rezvan Nazempour University of Illinois at Chicago Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1806-0672

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Rezvan Nazempour is a graduate research assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is completing her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and operations research at the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. She received her BSIE from Iran University of Science and Technology. Her research interests include educational data mining, graph mining, and machine learning.

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Shanon Marie Reckinger University of Illinois at Chicago

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Shanon Reckinger is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder in August of 2011 and an MS degree in Computer Science Education at Stanford University. Her research interests include computational fluid dynamics, numerical methods, and computer science education.

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Peter C. Nelson University of Illinois at Chicago

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Peter Nelson was appointed Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) College of Engineering in July of 2008. Prior to assuming his deanship, Professor Nelson was head of the UIC Department of Computer Science. In 1991, Professor Nelson founded UIC's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which specializes in applied intelligence systems projects in fields such as transportation, mobile health, manufacturing, bioinformatics and e-mail spam countermeasures. Professor Nelson has published over 80 scientific peer reviewed papers and has been the principal investigator on over $40 million in research grants and contracts on issues of importance such as computer-enhanced transportation systems, manufacturing, design optimization and bioinformatics. These projects have been funded by organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Motorola. In 1994-95, his laboratory, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation, developed the first real-time traffic congestion map on the World Wide Web, which now receives over 100 million hits per year.

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Renata A. Revelo University of Illinois at Chicago

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Renata A. Revelo is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and her Ph.D. in Education Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois.

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Jeremiah Abiade University of Illinois at Chicago

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Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Laboratory for Oxide Research and Education

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Didem Ozevin P.E. University of Illinois at Chicago

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Dr. Ozevin is an associate professor of the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering. Dr. Ozevin received her Ph.D. from Lehigh University in 2005. She worked as a research scientist at Physical Acoustics Corporation till 2010. Her research is integrating structural design and damage assessment methods, and real time process and damage detection in structures.

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Anthony E. Felder University of Illinois at Chicago Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4533-8369

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Anthony’s current focus is on engineering education and its restructuring to better meet the diverse needs of students and industries. Anthony is also active in ophthalmology research for the multimodal imaging of retinal oxygenation and novel medical device design.

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Betul Bilgin University of Illinois at Chicago

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Betul Bilgin is Clinical Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering (CHE) at the University of Illinois
at Chicago (UIC) and has been teaching the Senior Design I and II courses for 6 years and Introduction to
Thermodynamics for two years. Since her appointment in 2014 she has been exploring active learning,
peer instruction, team-based, hands-on, application-based techniques in her classes to fully engage her
students. She was selected as a UIC Teaching Scholar for Spring 2017, named as an American Institute of Chemical
Engineers (AIChE) “35 under 35” winner in the education category for 2017 and named as American
Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) “20 under 40” awardee for 2018.

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Yeow Siow University of Illinois at Chicago

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Dr. Yeow Siow has over fifteen years of combined experience as an engineering educator and practitioner. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Michigan Technological University where he began his teaching career. He then joined Navistar's thermal-fluids system group as a senior engineer, and later brought his real-world expertise back into the classroom at Purdue University Calumet. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he enjoys success in teaching and education research.

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Abstract

This paper provides detailed information for a poster that will be presented in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Grantees Poster Session during the 2020 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. The poster describes the progress and the state of an NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S-STEM) project. The objectives of this project are to 1) enhance student learning by providing access to extra- and co-curricular experiences, 2) create a positive student experience through mentorship, and 3) ensure successful student placement in the STEM workforce or graduate school. S-STEM Scholars supported by this program receive financial, academic, professional, and social development via various evidence-based activities integrated throughout their four-year undergraduate degrees beginning during the summer prior to starting at the University. The paper describes the characteristics (demographics, high school GPA, ACT/SAT scores, etc.) of the Scholars supported by the S-STEM grant. The paper also provides information about the completed tasks of the project to date. The completed tasks include a system for recruiting academically talented and economically disadvantaged students, a Summer Bridge Program (SBP), a first semester introductory engineering course, and a system to recruit and maintain faculty mentors. The ongoing tasks include the execution of a service learning project course and a system for recruiting industry mentors. This paper reports detailed assessment and evaluation data about different project tasks and the academic success metrics of the Scholars. It also lists a set of recommendations based on the lessons learned in this S-STEM project.

Darabi, H., & Nazempour, R., & Reckinger, S. M., & Nelson, P. C., & Revelo, R. A., & Abiade, J., & Ozevin, D., & Felder, A. E., & Bilgin, B., & Siow, Y. (2020, June), An Integrated Program for Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation of Academically Talented Low-Income Engineering Students Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34133

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