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Board # 157 : Demographic Shift and its Potential Effect on Higher Education

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Yongpeng Zhang Prairie View A&M University

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Yongpeng Zhang received his BS degree in Automatic Control from Xi'an University of Technology in 1994, MS degree in Automation from Tianjin University in 1999, and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston in 2003. After one year post-doctoral research, he was appointed as the Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Engineering Technology Dept at Prairie View A&M University in 2004 Fall, where he received promotion as the Tenured Associate Professor from 2010 Fall. His research interests include control system, mechatronics, motor drive, power electronics, and real-time embedded system design. As the Principal Investigator, his research has received significant sponsorship from Army Research Office, NSF, ED, and industry.

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Xiaobo Peng Prairie View A&M University

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Xiaobo Peng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Prairie View A&M University. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2005. His research interests include CAD/CAM, additive manufacturing, virtual prototyping, and engineering education. Dr. Peng is the member of ASME and ASEE.

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With the aging of Baby Boombers, which represent 76 million people in United States or 1/4 of the overall population in this country, it creates wide-ranging implications for virtually every facet of American society. On par with the aging baby boomers is the growing minority population. Today in many places including the densely populated states of California and Texas, non-Hispanic whites have already been in the minority, and the bulk of minority students including Hispanics are further concentrated in the younger grades. As many minority students value education and perform very well academically and socially, many other families do not have access to information about the educational system in a way that helps support their children to be successful in the U.S. school system. The gap is further widen among economically disadvantaged students. Today, completing a higher education not only means the enhancement of social status, but also means a better financial capability in the computerized society. When an economic underclass becomes the majority, the class division between the embarrassingly wealthy and the unacceptably poor not only caused alienation, resentment, and social unrest, but also will affect the sustainability of economical prosperity. Considering the rapid minority population growth and minority-majority flip tendency, the significance of young minorities for the growth and vitality of our labor force and economy need to be particularly recognized.

Zhang, Y., & Peng, X. (2017, June), Board # 157 : Demographic Shift and its Potential Effect on Higher Education Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27788

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