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Board 163: Implementing a Successful S-STEM Project on SETS in an Urban Large Public University

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Xiaojing Yuan University of Houston, College of Technology (CoE & CoT)

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Dr. Xiaojing Yuan is Associate Professor in the Computer Engineering Technology program of Engineering Technology Department. She is the founder and director of the Intelligent Sensor Grid and Informatics (ISGRIN)research lab and actively involving undergraduate researcher in her research on networked smart data acquisition systems, wireless sensor networks, and data analytics of the data collected. Her research interest also includes quality-of-service enhanced networking protocols, pattern recognition, data mining, and their application in cyber security.

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Heidar Malki University of Houston, College of Technology (CoE & CoT)

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Heidar A. Malki is currently a Professor and chair of Engineering Technology Department at the College of Technology. He also has a joint appointment with Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UH. He holds a PhD. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a senior member of IEEE and was associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. Dr. Malki was the general chair for the 1997 ASEE/GSW Conference and one of co-chairs of 1997 ICNN-IEEE International Conference on Neural Networks. His research interests are: applications of neural networks, fuzzy logic controllers, and design of fuzzy logic controllers for industrial applications

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Mequanint A. Moges University of Houston, College of Technology (CoE & CoT)

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Mequanint Moges earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and M.Sc. degree in Communication Systems from the University of New South Wales in Australia. His research interests are in the areas of wireless sensor networking, load scheduling in parallel and distributed systems and grid computing. Currently, he is working as an instructional associate professor at the Department of Engineering Technology. He has been teaching courses including Electrical Circuits, Telecommunications, Data Communications, Computer Networks and Advanced Wireless Networks. He is actively involved in curriculum development and revision. He has worked on a successful project funded by FDIP to enhance instructional excellence of part time faculty and teaching assistants using hybrid orientation programs. He has also been involved in two recently funded instructional research grants from NSF-CCLI (Co-PI) and NSF-REU (senior personnel). Prior to his current position, he was involved in the design of electrical systems of different nature viz. industrial, public as well as low voltage communication systems.

In 2008 and 2013 he received the College of Technology’s Fluor Daniel Award for teaching excellence. In 2014 he received the UH teaching excellence award. He is also a recipient of Stony Brook Presidential Fellowship for the academic year 2001-02 and an AUSAID scholarship from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia for the academic year 1996-1997.

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One of the most successful program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is its S-STEM program. In order to sustain the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy, the NSF S-STEM program “addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).” There are 834 active S-STEM programs at over 500 2-year and 4-year higher education institutions in the United States. At the authors’ institution, there are four NSF S-STEM programs currently funded and many more funded early. However, the program the authors belong went through transformation of being a mainly teaching unit to research oriented within the last decade. The S-STEM project they were awarded in 2015 allow them enhance their transformation and “identify and develop future technology leaders” to ensure success of more students both on campus and after they graduate. In this paper, the authors detail their journey writing and implementing successful S-STEM proposal, and sharing the lessons learned in the process. In addition to providing scholarship for 20 promising students, the S-STEM grant will also allow the team of faculty developing and testing new mechanism and programs that have the potential to enrich students experience during their higher-education tenure as well as after they graduate and join the professional workforce. The paper also details the impact of the project have on students, faculty, programs, and the department, including strategies that we implemented and those successfully engaged scholars and their fellow students, enhanced their learning experience on campus, and increased the retention and timely graduation rate of the scholars. In addition, reflecting on what we did, what we achieved, and the lessons we learned, we share our categorization of the decisions and choices we have to make while implementing the program and provide a flow chart to aid such decision making process.

Yuan, X., & Malki, H., & Moges, M. A. (2018, June), Board 163: Implementing a Successful S-STEM Project on SETS in an Urban Large Public University Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29968

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