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Developing a Diverse Workforce for the Oklahoma Aerospace Industry - Collaboration Between a Two-year and a Four-year Institution

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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NSF Grantees: Workforce Development

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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12

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10.18260/1-2--34413

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Zahed Siddique University of Oklahoma

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Zahed Siddique is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering of University of Oklahoma. His research interest include product family design, advanced material and engineering education. He is interested in motivation of engineering students, peer-to-peer learning, flat learning environments, technology assisted engineering education and experiential learning. He is the coordinator of the industry sponsored capstone from at his school and is the advisor of OU's FSAE team.

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Andrea L'Afflitto Virginia Tech

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Dr. L'Afflitto is an assitant professor at the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems engineering at Virginia Tech. His research is in lightweight robotics, with special emphasis on unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) and lightweight robotic arms. Dr. L'Afflitto served as an assistant professor at the School of Aerospace and Mechanical engineering at the University of Oklahoma from 2015 to 2019. He gained his Ph.D. degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech, MS in mathematics from Virginia Tech, and MS and BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Napoli, Italy.

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Wei Sun University of Oklahoma

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Dr. Wei Sun is an Assistant Professor in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. He previously held postdoc appointments at the University of Washington. He received his BS degree in Mathematics from the Peking University, China, in 2010. He got his two MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics, as well as a PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2017 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests include optimal control, differential games, reinforcement learning and trajectory optimization with applications in multi-agent Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

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Jiyoon Lee Rose State College

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Steven L. Fowler Rose State College

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Wayne Jones Rose State College

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Wayne Jones, PhD - Biography

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION
Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma, BS Mathematics – May 1974
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, MS Computer Engineering – December 1977
The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, PhD Industrial Engineering – May 2001

APPOINTMENTS
2010 – present Dean, Engineering and Science Division, Rose State College, MWC, OK
2010 – present Engineering Consultant for Aerospace Industry, OK
2004 – 2010 Director of Engineering, Air Force Global Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, OK
2003 – 2004 Chief, Flight Systems and Mechanical Engineering Tinker AFB, OK
1993 – 2003 Chief, Systems Engineer Tinker AFB, OK
1991 – 1993 B-1B Chief Engineer, Tinker AFB, OK
1980 – 1991 Engineering Chief, Computer Resources Division, Tinker AFB, OK
1974 – 1980 Project Engineer (Boeing, Honeywell, Motorola) Wichita KS and Phoenix AZr

PRODUCTS
Jones, Wayne, 2009, Project Risk Assessment – Fuzzy Logic Approach, VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co.

Jones, Wayne, 2001, PhD Dissertation, Identifying Cost, Schedule, and Performance Risks in Project Planning and Control – A Fuzzy Logic Approach, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Jones, Wayne, 1977, MS Thesis, Honeywell Super Computer (H6000) Remote I/O Interface Design, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1977

SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES
Established numerous STEM camps and institutes for K-12 and college students (2010-present)

Aggressively recruited underrepresented and underfunded students to STEM degrees (2010-present)

Authored numerous Air Force reports. Developed education and training manuals of scientist and engineers

Member of Coalition for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education in Oklahoma February 2005 – 2012

Trustee (President) for Oklahoma Engineering Foundation – Oklahoma Society of
Professional Engineers 2001 – 2008

Member of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 1995 – present

COLLABORATORS
Adedeji Badiru Air Force Institute of Technology – Graduate Advisor

Steven Fowler, Rose State College, “Collaborative Research: Unmanned Aerial Systems and Specialized Workforce Development to Support Oklahoma Agriculture and Industry”

Andrea L’Afflito, The University of Oklahoma, “Collaborative Research: Unmanned Aerial Systems and Specialized Workforce Development to Support Oklahoma Agriculture and Industry”

Zahed Siddique, The University of Oklahoma, “Collaborative Research: Unmanned Aerial Systems and Specialized Workforce Development to Support Oklahoma Agriculture and Industry”

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Abstract

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have become popular in the past two decades because of their key role in numerous military applications, which range from aerial support of troops involved on the battlefield to surveillance and border patrol. The versatility of UAS platforms make it extremely appealing for several civilian applications, and considerable cost reduction for critical components has made this technology a powerful resource for private operators.

In this paper we present a collaborative effort with the objective of establishing a competitive UAS educational program at the Rose State College (RSC, a two-year institute) and creating a pipeline to develop a UAS workforce in Oklahoma. The approach modified freshman and sophomore aerospace and mechanical engineering courses at RSC to incorporate UAS design into applicable courses. Experiential learning opportunities involving UAS are included through class projects. Modifying the “Introduction to Aerospace Engineering” course at the University of Oklahoma (OU, 4-year institute) and applying the theoretical concepts learned in class to real examples involving UAS. UAS platforms are not considered as mere special cases, but will be given proper attention both in class and through dedicated homework assignments and projects.

We also investigate pipeline of students from RSC to OU. Many of the RSC students attending selected undergraduate classes at OU decide to continue their education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering. This positive trend is encouraged by providing UAS students at RSC to perform undergraduate (UG) research at OU. This paper presents different activities to establish curriculum and collaboration between the two institutions to support Oklahoma’s workforce.

Siddique, Z., & L'Afflitto, A., & Sun, W., & Lee, J., & Fowler, S. L., & Jones, W. (2020, June), Developing a Diverse Workforce for the Oklahoma Aerospace Industry - Collaboration Between a Two-year and a Four-year Institution Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34413

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