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CASCaded Mentoring and Design Experiences (CASCADE)

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Broadening Participation in Engineering

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Educational Research and Methods

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26.331.1 - 26.331.34



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Marie Anne L Mundy Texas A&M Kingsville

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My education includes a Master of Science in Research & Evaluation and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education and cognates in Research & Evaluation, and Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. I have held positions as assessment and research coordinator at the university level. I served as an M&E (Measurement and Evaluation) consultant for a non-profit company that worked in hurricane disaster zones in Mississippi and Louisiana for 8 years. In addition, at the present time I am working as an internal evaluator for three different grants at Texas A & M University Kingsville. Presently, I am working in a tenure track position as an assistant professor at Texas A & M University at Kingsville in the Ed.D. Leadership program in education and serve on IRB committees.

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Sel Ozcelik Texas A&M University Kingsville

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Dr. Selahattin Ozcelik has been serving as Interim Associate Dean of College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Prior to this, he served as chairman of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. Dr. Ozcelik's expertise are in the general areas of robotics and controls.

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Mohamed Abdelrahman Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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Dr. Abdelrahman is currently the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University Kingsville. Dr. Abdelrahman has a diverse educational and research background. His research expertise is in the design of intelligent measurement systems, sensor fusion and control systems. He has been active in research with over 80 papers published in refereed journals and conferences. He has been the principal investigator on several major research projects on industrial applications of sensing and Control with focus on Energy Efficiency. He is a senior member of IEEE, ISA, and a member of ASEE.

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David Ramirez Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering

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CASCaded Mentoring and Design Experiences (CASCADE)Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) received funding from the National ScienceFoundation’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program(STEP) for the CASCaded Mentoring And Design Experiences (CASCADE) project. The goalof CASCADE is to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of TAMUK students whosuccessfully earn an engineering baccalaureate degree. Building on TAMUK’s STEP 1A projectoutcomes and institutionalization efforts, CASCADE will engage engineering students in designexercises and experiences throughout their academic undergraduate careers, and provide studentsupport in an innovative configuration of cascaded peer mentoring. This will contribute toincreased student retention and persistence to graduation. CASCADE will offer a fundamentalfreshman exposure to the design process, provide vertically aligned design experiences throughthe sophomore and junior year, and bring added engagement and understanding to the seniorcapstone design experience through interaction with industry and peers involved with TAMUK’sJavelina Innovation Laboratory. Figure 1 shows the design of CASCADE STEP project.Objectives for the CASCADE Project  Infuse concepts of the design process across all four levels of the engineering undergraduate curriculum (i.e., freshman through senior)  Increase first-year, second-year, and third-year retention of engineering undergraduate students to 78%, 68%, and 62%, respectively, and  Raise the 6-year engineering undergraduate graduation rate to 54%Participating students (mentees) were mentored by more advanced students (mentors) as theyworked on projects focused on various aspects of the design process in targeted courses.During Spring 2014, students in AEEN 1310, MEEN 1310, MEEN 2302, and CEEN 3145 wereprovided assistance by CASCADE mentors in completing design projects.Mentors stated that Students learned how to manage their time. Having to manage theirschedules made this more like real work; Students learned how to approach a project. They hadto set goals about the project and work on it on a day to day basis; Students gained teamworkskills. They learned how to work in a team and how to ask each other for help.Mentees provided the following comments about what they believed they gained from workingon their projects. Students from 3 of the 4 courses identified learning to work in teams assomething they gained from the project. Learning to compromise was a benefit that one studentpointed out from working in groups. Several students understood that it was important for themto learn to work in groups because they will have to be part of teams in the future.The paper will discuss lessons learned from the first year implementation and from students’ firstyear survey.Figure 1. CASCADE STEP Project

Mundy, M. A. L., & Ozcelik, S., & Abdelrahman, M., & Ramirez, D. (2015, June), CASCaded Mentoring and Design Experiences (CASCADE) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23670

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