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Board 57: Computing and Engineering Scholarship Program at SCSU

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

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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Susantha Herath St. Cloud State University

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Dr. Susantha Herath is a professor and the Chair of the Information Systems (IS) department at St. Cloud State University. He holds a Ph.D. in computer engineering. His current research interests are in risk management, cyber security and information assurance. He has 25 years of college-level teaching experience at graduate and undergraduate levels and 31 years of research experience. He has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles. He has submitted over 45 competitive grant proposals and received over $ 4 million in funding. Susantha is a senior member of the IEEE.

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Rohitha Goonatilake Texas A&M International University

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Dr. Rohitha Goonatilake, professor of mathematics, received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Kent State University, in Kent, OH in Fall 1997, masters in the areas of applied mathematics, mathematics, and actuarial sciences, and a bachelor’s in mathematics/science. He joined TAMIU in the Summer of 1999 and has completed 16+ years of service for TAMIU. He and his team were recently awarded a $1.2 million NSF award to promote mathematics education in areas of need in Laredo by providing scholarships to juniors and seniors at TAMIU to prepare them to become talented, skillful, and highly qualified teachers to teach immediately after graduation. Dr. Goonatilake was a recipient of the Scholar of the Year Award in 2006 and the University Honors Faculty of the Year in 2013. He was a PI for more than three program-funded grants and Co-PI for more than 15 different program grants since joining TAMIU. He has a very active research agenda that involves network anomaly detection, probability, disease prevalence, and microeconomics. He was extensively involved with many STEM activities throughout the years for local high school and middle school students, outreach efforts with local high schools, and other community involvements for many years through enrichment workshops and summer opportunities for the local community.

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Saint Cloud State University (SCSU) received a US National Science Foundation grant to provide scholarships for academically talented but economically disadvantaged students in information systems, computer science, and computer engineering under SCSU-STEM project. Thirty-six scholarships of up to $18,200 were awarded during 2011-2016. Twenty-six scholars completed summer internships. The retention rate of scholars was 100%. This project helped to increase undergraduate enrollment, improve retention and graduation, expand active participation in conferences, workshops and summer internships by scholars, and built new structures and strengthen relationships with other 2-year and 4-year colleges, industry and national labs. Marketing materials emphasized the promise of computing in the real world, strong job growth expected for next ten years, and a comparison of lifetime earnings of workers with STEM and other majors.

Herath, S., & Goonatilake, R., & Herath, S. (2018, June), Board 57: Computing and Engineering Scholarship Program at SCSU Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30061

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