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Case Study: Steps To Reach Out To Hidden Underrepresented Student Candidates In Engineering

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Conference

2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Attracting Young MINDs

Tagged Division

Minorities in Engineering

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

11.311.1 - 11.311.8

DOI

10.18260/1-2--441

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https://peer.asee.org/441

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Hamid Shahnasser San Francisco State University

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Hamid Shahnasser received his Ph.D. degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1989. He has worked at Carnegie-Mellon University Robotics Institute in the past and in 1989 joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Francisco State University. Currently Dr. Shahnasser is on a year long NASA administration fellowship program sabbatical leave at NASA Ames Research Center, in Mountain View California, carrying out research in the area of network monitoring and security.

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Wenshen Pong

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Wenshen Pong received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Pong joined the School of Engineering and Computer Science, San Francisco State University in 1998. He teaches courses in Civil/Structural engineering. He is currently the graduate coordinator for the Master of Science in Engineering.
Wenshen Pong is a registered Professional Engineer in California. He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineers Association of Californi

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Case Study: Steps to reach out to hidden underrepresented Student candidates in Engineering

Abstract

This article discusses the steps planned and implemented to reach out and increase participation and retention of minority students in our engineering programs at San Francisco State University (SFSU). These efforts began with SFSU's Partnership for Engineering Education (PFEE) program. The goal of this program is to bring together alumni, faculty and student participants from various organizations such as high schools, community colleges, universities and industry. These participants are brought to the PFEE through SFSU chapters of the MESA Engineering Program (MEP), Women Engineering Program (WEP) and other similar programs or professional societies.

The article also briefly describes how the NASA Fellowship Program (NAFP) has provided opportunities to integrate faculty and NASA projects in the above efforts. Currently, average enrollment in the School of Engineering is about 750 students each semester. This student body is ethnically, culturally, academically and economically diverse. About 18% of the School’s students are women and 54% are minority (28% Asian, 17% Hispanic, and 9% African American). The School of Engineering has a strong interest in maintaining and strengthening its reputation for attracting minority and underrepresented students. Its enrollment has steadily increased in the past five years, while national enrollments at other engineering schools have been declining. It is expected expect that this trend will continue. Nevertheless, our institution is continuing its minority recruiting efforts.

Introduction

With over 29,000 students, San Francisco State University (SFSU) is the third largest campus in the 22-campus California State University (CSU) System. SFSU ranks ninth in the nation in producing minority graduates. SFSU is an urban comprehensive university with the largest numbers of students of color among the northern CSU campuses (65% total undergraduate minority enrollment). By ethnicity, the student body is a formation of 37% White; 24% Asian; 14% Latino; 12% Filipino and Pacific Islander; 7% African American; 6% other and 0.8% Native American. Majority of these students work full time or part-time while studying for their degree at SFSU.

Average enrollment in the School of Engineering is about 750 students each semester. The student body is ethnically, culturally, academically and economically diverse. About 18% of the School’s students are women and 54% are minority (28% Asian, 17% Hispanic, and 9% African American). Many of our students are the first in their families to attend college. Most are economically or socially disadvantaged and must work to support themselves financially while in college. Being confronted with these hardships helps the students develop a conviction and a determination to

Shahnasser, H., & Pong, W. (2006, June), Case Study: Steps To Reach Out To Hidden Underrepresented Student Candidates In Engineering Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--441

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