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Bringing the great pumpkin to life with technology, art, and engineering

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Aspects of Engineering Literacy and Community and Industry Engagement

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Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering

Tagged Topic

Diversity

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15

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https://peer.asee.org/27980

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68

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Mike Thomas Pitcher University of Texas, El Paso

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Mike Pitcher is the Director of Academic Technologies at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has had experience in learning in both a traditional university program as well as the new online learning model, which he utilizes in his current position consulting with faculty about the design of new learning experiences. His experience in technology and teaching started in 1993 as a student lab technician and has continued to expand and grow over the years, both technically as well as pedagogically. Currently he works in one of the most technically outstanding buildings in the region where he provides support to students, faculty, and staff in implementing technology inside and outside the classroom, researching new engineering education strategies as well as the technologies to support the 21st century classroom (online and face to face). He also has assisted both the campus as well as the local community in developing technology programs that highlight student skills development in ways that engage and attract individuals towards STEAM and STEM fields by showcasing how those skills impact the current project in real-world ways that people can understand and be involved in. As part of a university that is focused on supporting the 21st century student demographic he continues to innovate and research on how we can design new methods of learning to educate both our students and communities on how STEM and STEAM make up a large part of that vision and our future.

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Pedro Arturo Espinoza University of Texas, El Paso

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Pedro worked in the manufacturing industry as a Quality Control Engineer for some years before acquiring his current position as an Instructional Technologist at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). For over eleven years in this role, he has worked with a team of managers that oversee various learning environments and systems in the Academic Technologies Department at UTEP. He leads a group of more than 30 multidisciplinary student employees that help support a wide range of technologies for classrooms and other learning spaces, including videoconferencing rooms.
In addition to teaching a Foundations of Engineering course, Pedro also provides technology training on Mac OS X, CISCO networking and various other technology topics. He also enjoys the role of social media coordinator for Academic Technologies to showcase the department’s services and the dedicated students and staff members who work there. Pedro received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Engineering Education from UTEP.

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Oscar Antonio Perez University of Texas, El Paso

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Mr. Oscar Perez received his PhD. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a special focus on control systems and data communications. He was Awarded the Woody Everett award from the American Society for engineering education August 2011 for the research on the impact of mobile devices in the classroom. Dr. Perez has been teaching the Basic Engineering (BE) – BE 1301 course for over 9 years. Lead the design for the development of the new Basic Engineering course (now UNIV 1301) for engineering at UTEP for the Engineering, Science and University Colleges. Developed over 5 new courses, including UTEP technology & society core curriculum classes specifically for incoming freshman with a STEM background. Dr. Perez was awarded the 2014 “University of Texas at El Paso award for Outstanding Teaching”. Dr. Perez has thirteen years of professional experience working as an Electrical and Computer Engineer. leads a team to provide technical support to faculty and students utilizing UGLC classrooms and auditoriums. Dr. Perez is committed to the highest level of service to provide an exceptional experience to all of the UGLC guests. Dr. Perez strongly believes that by providing exceptional customer service that UGLC patrons will return to make use of the various services the university offers. Mr. Perez enjoys working on the professional development of the students’ employees at the UGLC. He shares with his student employees his practical experience in using electrical engineering concepts and computer technologies to help in everyday real-world applications. Dr. Perez has worked with the uTeach and Tech-e camp programs at UTEP since their creation to streamline the transition process for engineering students from local area K-12 schools to college by equipping students and their teachers with teaching strategies and technologies each summer. Oscar enjoys teamwork, believes in education as a process for achieving life-long learning rather than as a purely academic pursuit. He currently works on maintaining, upgrading and designing the new classroom of the future model at UTEP. Dr. Perez is inspired because he enjoys working with people and technology in the same environment.

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Hugo Gomez University of Texas, El Paso

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Mr. Hugo Gomez works as an Instructional Technologist at the University of Texas at El Paso, he is focused on expanding the professional and technical skill sets of our students and faculty community to better prepare them for the world of technology today and tomorrow. He works alongside a wide assortment of students, faculty and staff on campus to make sure their technology toolsets are up to date. Furthermore, Hugo provides workshops to over half of the student population at UTEP and as such, has been instrumental in providing the behind the scenes support to all these courses. Mr. Gomez also collaborates in the Learning Lab team to explore and implement new educational strategies in the classroom. Mr. Gomez has a Masters Degree in Engineering Education from The University of Texas at El Paso. He has participated in the UTEACH summer program as a Technology Instructor in which he provided workshops on website design, movie creation and computer networking. In addition, Mr. Gomez teaches UNIV1301 Foundations of Engineering, were students learn academic, personal and engineering skills, among many other abilities that help them understand their opportunities and responsibilities as engineering students.

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Randy Hazael Anaya University of Texas, El Paso

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Randy Anaya, Instructional Technologist at the University of Texas at El Paso. Received a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Multimedia design from the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Received a BA in Media Advertising at UTEP and is currently enrolled as a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on the use of art and technology in teaching and learning.
Randy works on research and development of applying the creative process to workshops, trainings and student engagement. Currently doing extensive research and deployment of emerging technologies to redefine the classroom, mentoring and excellence through student interaction.

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Hector Erick Lugo Nevarez University of Texas, El Paso

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Mr. Hector Lugo works as a Student Technology Success Coordinator at The University of Texas at El Paso. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He is currently enrolled as a Master of Science with a Major in Electrical Engineering.
His motivation and passion pushes him into research in wireless communication, especially in Bluetooth Low Energy and Near Field Communication as well as building projects and fostering innovation with faculty and staff members. As part of the Learning Environments division, the idea to develop, oversee and assess engaging students to expand their knowledge and creativity by innovating new technologies application for Engineering Education is currently under way to engage the university and the community.
Concluding, Mr. Lugo’s ambition is to encourage students to focus in science, technology and engineer abilities in order to expand their professional potential.

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Peter Golding P.E. University of Texas, El Paso

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Professor in the Department of Engineering and Leadership at UTEP.

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Erik Lopez

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Innovation has always played a key role in Erik’s life. His passion towards technology led him to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso. In the process of experimenting with the different electrical components, Erik has applied his creativity to a variety of mediums including 3D Video Mapping, Rear Projection, App User Interface, and Arduino based projects among others. With the contribution of his fellow coworkers, Erik discovered new tools in the media development field in his first year as an employee of Academic Technologies. The cooperative environment in Academic Technologies has improved Erik’s ethical, professional and personal involvement during the past years.

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Deena Mustin UTEP Academic Technologies

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Deena Mustin is a Graphic Design major at the University of Texas at El Paso and was responsible for the overall design of the Halloween display for Fall 2016. Every element of the display from initial sketches to the interactive pumpkins, tombstones, trees and the skull with video projection was hand drawn and hand painted. Deena worked with other design and computer science students, using her skills in production, fine art and art direction to bring the project to life.

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Robin Munoz Academic Technologies

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Industrial designer with experience in the field of design development and manufacturing. Additional interdisciplinary education in pedagogy of mathematics and the arts as well as mechatronic engineering.

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Jackeline Munoz

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Sarah Huizar UTEP Academic Technologies Learning Environments

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Sarah Huizar is a Graphic Design student at the University of Texas at El Paso, also minoring in Communication Studies and Creative Writing. While Sarah works at UTEP for AT- Learning Environments as a Graphic Designer and Writer, she is always ready to expand her knowledge in other areas that interest her, such as video editing. Accepting opportunities to grow, she continues to work diligently to complete assigned tasks and meet deadlines. In her spare time she participates in outdoor activities which help her exercise critical thinking skills that are then applied to her work and academic life. Sarah believes that the key to personal success entails pursuing outdoor experiences, seizing opportunities that make one happy, and taking every experience as a learning one.

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Crystal Fernandez-Pena

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Celena Arreola American Society for Engineering Education

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Celena Arreola graduated on May 13, 2017 with Bachelors of Science in Engineering Leadership at the University of Texas at El Paso with a concentration in Mathematics and Civil Engineering. She has been actively involved within the Department of Engineering Education & Leadership as a recruitment leader and administrative assistant. Currently she serves as the president of the American Society for Engineering Education student chapter and is a research team leader in the Center for Research in Engineering and Technology Education where she focuses on the success of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics of two post-secondary educational institutions based in El Paso.

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Tetyana Zhyvotovska University of Texas at El Paso

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Tetyana Zhyvotovska is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition program and assistant instructor at the University of Texas at El Paso. She previously taught at the universities in Ukraine and Languages and Linguistics Department at UTEP. Her research interests include rhetoric of translation and technical communication.

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Abstract

Yes, you read the title correctly we are going to be talking about a great pumpkin or more specifically a community exhibit in which students from multiple disciplines work together to create what is truly a combination of technology, engineering, and art in a showcase piece that is interactive. This project now in the seventh year at [name removed] brings students together in a real-world problem based challenge to design a community exhibit. Through the process students learn a great deal about technology, networking [computer and people-based], design, art and engineering. The entire project is lead and constructed by students. The end product is evaluated on design, practicality [setup and breakdown], engagement with the audience, and technical functionality. The paper will focus on a review of the seven years in which the project has existed, skills that students have gained throughout such, and strategies to implement such a problem based project in other programs. We will also focus on lessons learned and how such a project encompasses the philosophy of technology and engineering design at the core, to not just instill skills to students, but a desire to build, create, and design impactful and engaging products.

Pitcher, M. T., & Espinoza, P. A., & Perez, O. A., & Gomez, H., & Anaya, R. H., & Lugo Nevarez, H. E., & Golding, P., & Lopez, E., & Mustin, D., & Munoz, R., & Munoz, J., & Huizar, S., & Fernandez-Pena, C., & Arreola, C., & Zhyvotovska, T. (2017, June), Bringing the great pumpkin to life with technology, art, and engineering Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27980

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