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Broadening participation in engineering and STEM workforce development through unconventional community partnerships

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2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Baltimore , Maryland

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June 25, 2023

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June 25, 2023

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June 28, 2023

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Broadening Participation through Access, Equity, Inclusion in ECE

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Division (ECE)

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Rosalind M. Wynne Villanova University

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Rosalind Wynne received her doctorate in electrical engineering from Boston University, a M.S. in electrical engineering from Boston University, and a B.S. in physics from Norfolk State University. She is an Associate Professor at Villanova University, Villanova, PA in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her current research interests include developing fiber optic sensors based on microstructured optical fiber technology for chemical sensing and biomedical applications. Dr. Wynne is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

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Jared Halsey

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Ever since I was a child, I've been intrigued by every aspect of technology. This curiosity would propel me toward learning about technology and want to learn how items are made. Fast forward a few years, I am an electrical engineer who wishes to focus on RF & optics. It's been a hard journey getting through school but I enjoy every moment and lesson learned.

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While enrolled in a university, many students desire a way to secure employment in the industry of their major. How does the student actively secure their potential job? The typical answer would be by procuring an internship. Traditionally, internships can be secured by students applying for formal internship programs, or even by arranging an internship through the career center at their respective universities. However, there are internships that are obtained by non-traditional means. There are times when opportunities arise in the most unlikely circumstances. This paper will discuss a student perspective of obtaining and participating in an informal industry-sponsored internship in engineering through unconventional community partnerships. Lessons highlighted in this paper may assist in broadening participation in engineering and STEM workforce development.

Wynne, R. M., & Halsey, J. (2023, June), Broadening participation in engineering and STEM workforce development through unconventional community partnerships Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland. 10.18260/1-2--43265

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