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Assessment of Consultations for an Industrial Distribution Writing-Intensive Course

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

End Date

June 26, 2021

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Assessing, Expanding, and Innovating Information Literacy

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Pauline Melgoza Texas A&M University

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Ms. Melgoza is a science and engineering librarian at Texas A and M University. She has 19 of years experience.

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Ashlynn Kogut Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16

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Ashlynn Kogut, Assistant Professor, is an Education and Social Sciences Librarian at Texas A and M University Libraries, where she supports researchers in education and the social sciences.

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Michael Ryan Golla Texas A&M University

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Mr. Michael R. Golla, Senior Lecturer,
Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University.

Education: M.B.A., Texas A&M University, 2002
B.S., Engineering Tech., Texas A&M University, 1997

Philanthropic and Endowment Experience:
• Strategically developed a new funding model for the ETID department to endow and develop labs to support strategic education curriculum, 2004.
• Leveraged professional relationships with Mr. Robert “Bob” Womack, of Womack Machine Supply, Dallas Tx and helped negotiate a $1.0M donation for an endowment to support a “hands on” Fluid Power Laboratory, 2007.
• Obtained a second gift of $500k, from personal and professional relationships with DXP Enterprises, to develop the DXP Pump Laboratory to support undergraduate education and the development of a professional development continuing education program to support industry professionals with professional development needs. 2009.

Industry Experience:
• Strategic business analyst conducted international and domestic market research in the energy production and manufacturing markets and wrote a strategic business plan to serve the pump package system demand for domestic and international markets. FMC Technologies, Houston, Tx.
• Assistant Plant Manager/Welding Engineer, product development and manufacturing engineer in the Fluid Power Industry assessing production inefficiencies to implement new equipment and processes. Texas Hydraulics, Temple Tx.
• Welding engineer in assessing inventory and manufacturing equipment, and a manufacturing and product engineer for a Fortune 100 Fluid Power company fulfilling an integral role in developing a robotic welding program to produce hydraulic cylinders. Texas Hydraulics.
• Project engineer for the USAF, moving manufacturing facilities from Kelly AFB in San Antonio, Texas to Tinker AFB, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. DME, Defense Military Engineers, subcontractor to Lockheed Martin.

Academic Teaching:
• Currently subjects, Undergraduate
MMET 301 Mechanical Power Transmission
MMET 401 Fluid Power Technology

• Professional Development and Continuing Education Short courses
Pump 101 Basic Pump Fundamentals
Pump 102 Advanced Pump Fundamentals 1
Pump 201 Advanced Pump Fundamentals 2

• Past Subjects, Undergraduate
IDIS 303 Mechanical Power Transmission
IDIS 403 Fluid Power Technology
IDIS 281 Manufacturing Processes
ENTC 206 Non-Metallic Materials
ENTC 429 Managing People and Projects

Research Interests:
Strategic business development, Product innovation, Entrepreneurship in Engineering, Project management, Fluid Power Technologies, Mechanical Power Transmission, Condition based monitoring and Reliability.

Name: Michael R. Golla
Department: Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology Program
Date hired or assigned to department: 2002
Number of years of service to department: 20
Present academic rank and date obtained: Senior Lecturer, 2014
Degrees: M.B.A., Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2002
B.S., Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1997
Related teaching and other work experience:
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dr. Clint Bertrand, Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, (8/2000 – 5/2002)
Business Mgmt Intern – FMC Technologies, Energy Systems, (5/2001 – 8/2001)
DME, Project Engineer for USAF, (11/1999 – 2/2000), San Antonio, Tx
Assistant Plant Manager / Welding Engineer – Texas Hydraulics, (3/1998 – 10/1999)
US Army Corps of Engineers, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Tx. Engineering Intern, 1996 & 1997.
Active membership in professional and scientific societies:
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

Personal: Married to my “Aggie Sweetheart” for 22 years, we have 3 children, two sons (19) & (14) and one daughter (11).

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Engineering librarians at Texas A&M University use research consultations to teach engineering student teams information literacy related to the team’s professional project. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of the research consultations with the teams. For four semesters, librarians administered a questionnaire to students about the research consultation after the completion of the professional project. On the last class day, questionnaires were administered in-person both to students who attended a research consultation with a librarian and to students who did not attend a research consultation. For students who attended a consultation, the questionnaires focused on student perceptions of what they learned during the research consultation and student preferences for the consultation service. For students who did not attend a consultation, the questionnaire focused on how the student found information for the paper. We received 57 responses in fall 2017, 68 responses in spring 2018, 95 responses in fall 2018, and 85 responses in fall 2019. The student responses illustrated the library resources and services that students remember at the end of the semester, what students felt was most beneficial about the consultation, and student preferences for future research consultations. Our data collection allowed us to compare student responses between semesters. The information gathered each semester was used to modify the research consultation the next semester. Our goal is to assess the research consultation instruction every two to three years to determine if we are meeting students’ needs.

Melgoza, P., & Kogut, A., & Golla, M. R. (2020, June), Assessment of Consultations for an Industrial Distribution Writing-Intensive Course Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34186

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