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Board 54: Enhancing Engineering Talent in Tennessee

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Allen Fort Gwinn Jr. Lipscomb University

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Dr Fort Gwinn is associate dean of the Raymond B Jones College of Engineering at Lipscomb University and also teaches Mechanical Engineering courses in machine design, vibrations, and finite element analysis. Prior to coming to Lipscomb University in 1999, he spent 22 years in the automotive and aerospace testing industry where he gained valuable insights in engineering design and analysis.

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Justin A. Myrick Sr. Lipscomb University

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Justin A. Myrick Sr. is Professor and Dean of the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Prior to Lipscomb, Dr. Myrick was the Director of the Health Systems Research Center in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also was a former faculty member at the University of Central Florida and a project engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, CT.

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Funding Agency: National Science Foundation: Directorate for Education & Human Resources/ Division of Undergraduate Education

In the spring of 2014, Governor Bill Haslam signed Tennessee Promise into law; making it possible for Tennessee high school graduates to complete two years of community college free of charge. In the fall of 2016, the first cohort of Tennessee Promise students began the transition from two-year pre-engineering community college curricula to four year institutions in order to complete their engineering education. Enhancing Engineering Talent in Tennessee NSF S-STEM grant is especially designed to provide tuition assistance to Tennessee community college students who are on a trajectory to complete their associate degree. During the first two years of this project, there have been seven students admitted to Lipscomb’s engineering college from three different community colleges receiving tuition support through this grant. This student population represents a wide range of academic and life experiences. An important aspect of this grant also includes partnering with community colleges in the Middle Tennessee area to provide STEM enrichment and early pre-transfer advising. This presentation includes a comparison of the state-wide approved Tennessee Community College Engineering Pathway curricula with Lipscomb University’s engineering curricula in Civil Engineering, Electrical/Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Other issues that will addressed include the harmonization of curricula and a discussion of lessons learned, as well as the academic performance and projected completion rates associated with the first two cohorts of students. Some surprising trends that could have implications with regard to the typical engineering student of the future will also be discussed.

Gwinn, A. F., & Myrick, J. A. (2018, June), Board 54: Enhancing Engineering Talent in Tennessee Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30057

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