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Connector Faculty: A Friendly Face For Early Engineering Students

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Retention Tools and Programs

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First-Year Programs

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13

Page Numbers

14.359.1 - 14.359.13

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https://peer.asee.org/5037

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Daina Briedis Michigan State University

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Dr. DAINA BRIEDIS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University. Dr. Briedis has been involved in several areas of education research including student retention, curriculum redesign, and the use of technology in the classroom. She is a co-PI on two NSF grants in the areas of integration of computation in engineering curricula and in developing comprehensive strategies to retain early engineering students. She is active nationally and internationally in engineering accreditation and is a Fellow of ABET.

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Neeraj Buch Michigan State University

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Dr. NEERAJ BUCH is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University. He is also the Director of Cornerstone Engineering and Residential Experience program at Michigan State University. He earned his M.S. degree in 1988 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 1995. Dr. Buch began his academic career at Michigan State University in 1996. Dr. Buch teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in concrete materials and pavement engineering. He is also involved in teaching short courses on pavement design and rehabilitation and pavement materials for practicing engineers in Michigan. He is a co-PI on two National Science Foundation grants in the areas of integration of computation in engineering curricula and in the area of retention of early engineering students.

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Jan Collins-Eaglin Michigan State University

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Dr. COLLINS-EAGLIN is the Director of the Michigan State University Counseling Center. She came to Michigan State University from Wayne State University where she directed Student Support Services - which includes Counseling and Psychological Services, Educational Accessibility Services and the Academic Success Center. As a psychologist, her focus has been in the area of developing counseling programs that promote psychological wellness and supports academic success. Dr. Collins Eaglin is involved in several areas of education research including student retention, curriculum redesign, and faculty development. She is active nationally in the American Psychological Association and is on the accreditation board of the International Association of Counseling Centers.

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Nathaniel Ehrlich Michigan State University

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NAT EHRLICH is a Research Specialist at Michigan State University's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR). Nat has taught psychology at the University of Michigan and City College, City University of New York, and conducted research in a wide variety of topics, including forensic psychiatry, animal behavior, and mathematical modeling of human learning and performance. He has published over 60 monographs and two textbooks in psychology. At IPPSR, Nat has worked in opinion research and managed work and authored more than a dozen papers in survey research methodology and in areas such as childhood literacy, pro bono legal work, food safety, the electoral college, influences of cultural differences in cancer survival, the training of osteopathic physicians and others.

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Denise Fleming Michigan State University

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DENISE FLEMING is currently an Academic Specialist in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. She co-advises computer science undergraduate students and is the Support Coordinator for the EEES research project. Denise is an advocate for women in engineering and is currently the co-coordinator for the 2009 Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing. Denise earned a Master's degree in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University in 2005.

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Timothy Hinds Michigan State University

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TIMOTHY J. HINDS is an Academic Specialist in the Michigan State University College of Engineering Undergraduate Studies and Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is the lead instructor for the Cornerstone Engineering / Spartan Engineering program teaching courses in engineering design and modeling. He has also taught courses in machine design, manufacturing processes, mechanics, computational tools and international project design as well as graduate-level courses in engineering innovation and technology management. He has been teaching for 15 years and also has 11 years of industrial management experience. He received his BSME and MSME degrees from Michigan Technological University.

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Jon Sticklen Michigan State University

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Prof. JON STICKLEN is the Director of the Applied Engineering Sciences major, College of Engineering, Michigan State University. Dr. Sticklen also serves as the College Coordinator for engineering education research, and is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, MSU. Dr. Sticklen has lead a laboratory in knowledge-based systems focused on task specific approaches to problem solving. More recently, Dr. Sticklen has pursued engineering education research focused on early engineering; his current research is supported by NSF/DUE and NSF/CISE.

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Mark Urban-Lurain Michigan State University

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Dr. MARK URBAN-LURAIN is the Director of Instructional Technology Research & Development in the Division of Science and Mathematics Education, College of Natural Science at Michigan State University. He is responsible for providing vision, direction, planning and implementation regarding the use of technology in instruction of mathematics and science. Mark's research interests are in theories of cognition, how these theories inform the design of instruction, how we might best design instructional technology within those frameworks, and how the research and development of instructional technologies can inform our theories of cognition.

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Thomas Wolff Michigan State University

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Dr. THOMAS F. WOLFF is Associate Dean of Engineering for Undergraduate Studies at Michigan State University and a faculty member in Civil and Environmental Engineering. In the fall of 2005, he was a member of the ASCE Levee Assessment Team that made a preliminary assessment of levee damage in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina and reported to the U.S. Senate. He continues at to assist the government in post-Katrina efforts. He is a three-time recipient of the College of Engineering's Withrow Teaching Excellence Award and a recipient of the Chi Epsilon Great Lakes Regional Teaching Award.

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Briedis, D., & Buch, N., & Collins-Eaglin, J., & Ehrlich, N., & Fleming, D., & Hinds, T., & Sticklen, J., & Urban-Lurain, M., & Wolff, T. (2009, June), Connector Faculty: A Friendly Face For Early Engineering Students Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5037

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