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Developing a Summer Engineering Program for Improving the Preparation and Self-Efficacy of Underrepresented Students

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Diversity in K-12 and Pre-college Engineering Education

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

Page Count

23

Page Numbers

24.390.1 - 24.390.23

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https://peer.asee.org/20281

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48

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Amelito G. Enriquez Canada College Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1259-0680

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Amelito Enriquez is a professor of Engineering and Mathematics at Canada College in Redwood City, CA. He received a BS in Geodetic Engineering from the University of the Philippines, his MS in Geodetic Science from the Ohio State University, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include technology-enhanced instruction and increasing the representation of female, minority and other underrepresented groups in mathematics, science and engineering.

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Wenshen Pong San Francisco State University

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Wenshen Pong is Professor of Civil Engineering at San Francisco State University. He has been the Director of the School of Engineering since 2009. He earned his Ph.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo and joined SFSU in 1998. He is a registered professional engineer in California.

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Nilgun Melek Ozer San Francisco State University

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Nilgun Ozer received her bachelor’s degree in 1976 from Istanbul University and master’s degree in 1978 from Bogazici University and earned her Ph.D. in 1983. She currently hold a director of Student Resource Center and MESA Engineering Program position in the College of Science and Engineering at
the San Francisco State University.

Dr. Ozer is an editorial board members of Journal of Solar Energy and Materials and American Journal of Engineering Education. She also serves as faculty advisor for the Collegiate chapters of Society of Hispanic professional Engineers (SHPE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of
Women Engineers (SWE).

She has 25 years of teaching and research experience at different universities and research institutions in Europe and the United States. Dr. Ozer also worked as a consultant in science and engineering education for United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 1989 to 1993.

Dr. Ozer’s research interests are applications of wet chemical deposition techniques for optoelectronic thin films in the field of renewable energy such as electrochromic devices, solar cells and solar panels.

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Hamid Mahmoodi San Francisco State University

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Hamid Mahmoodi received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1998 and the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, in 2000. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 2005. He is currently an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University. His research interests include low-power, reliable, and high-performance circuit design for nano-scale technologies. He has many publications in journals and conferences and 5 U.S. patents. He was a recipient of the 2008 SRC Inventor Recognition Award, the 2006 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society VLSI Transactions Best Paper Award, 2005 SRC Technical Excellence Award, and the Best Paper Award of the 2004 International Conference on Computer Design. He is a technical program committee member of International Symposium on Low Power Electronics Design and International Symposium on Quality Electronics Design.

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Hao Jiang San Francisco State University

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Hao Jiang received the B.S. degree in materials sciences from Tsinghua University, China, in 1994 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego, in 2000.

Hao Jiang has been with San Francisco State University since August 2007 as an assistant professor in electrical engineering. Prior joining SFSU, he worked for Broadcom Corporation, Jazz Semiconductor and Conexant Systems Inc. His research interests are in the general area of analog integrated circuits, particularly in ultra-low-power circuits for biomedical applications.

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Cheng Chen San Francisco State University

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Professor Chen is currently assistant professor of civil engineering at San Francisco State University since 2009.

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Hamid Shahnasser San Francisco State University

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Nick Patrick Rentsch San Francisco State University

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Nick P. Rentsch received the B.S. degree from San Francisco State University in 2008 in electrical engineering. He is now a candidate for the M.S. degree in electrical engineering at San Francisco State University. Since 2009, he has concurrently served as an adjunct professor of physics at Skyline College and electrical engineering at San Francisco State University. His research interests include embedded control, real-time signal processing, sound synthesis and electronics for musical applications, and novel instructional tools and methods for engineering education.

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Developing a Summer Engineering Program for Improving the Preparation and Self-Efficacy of Underrepresented StudentsAbstract:In order to meet current and future demands for engineers needed to retain economiccompetitiveness and innovation capacity of the United States, there is an increasing need to engagestudents from traditionally underrepresented groups in engineering, including women and ethnicminorities. To be successful in expanding the pool of potential engineers, the needs of theseunderrepresented students have to be addressed. A majority of these students have low-levels ofpreparation for college-level course work, especially in math and science, and most have little orno pre-college exposure to the engineering profession. This paper is a description of acollaborative effort between a small community college, a comprehensive urban university and ahighly diverse high school district in the San Francisco Bay Area to increase the interest andimprove the preparation of female and underrepresented high school students in pursuing careersin engineering through a two-week residential summer camp. The Summer Engineering Instituteoffers participants the opportunity to gain insight into the engineering profession and theengineering educational system through a combination of lectures, hands-on laboratory activities,field trips, workshops, panels, and projects. The program also aims to provide students with theskills and resources needed to be successful college students. Among the strategies employed indeveloping the program are emphasizing all the major fields of engineering and the various pathsto an engineering career, including the role of community colleges; targeting first generationstudents and underrepresented minorities; collaborating with high school faculty and staff througha nomination process to identify and select potential students; collaboration among communitycollege and university faculty in developing and implementing the curriculum; engaging industrypartners and engineering professionals; and encouraging family involvement in program activities.Program outcomes assessments include pre- and post-program student surveys that measurestudent interest in pursuing an engineering degree, academic self-efficacy and motivation,attitudes and enthusiasm of participants towards the program activities, knowledge of specificengineering topics, and awareness of resources and skills needed for success in engineering. Afollow-up survey has also been developed to track changes in student attitudes, interests, andeducational plans years after participating in the program. The paper presents the results andlessons learned from five years of implementation of the SEI, and how the program has succeededin promoting interest in engineering among program participants, increasing their self-efficacy instudying engineering, and enhancing success among those who have decided to pursue anengineering degree.

Enriquez, A. G., & Pong, W., & Ozer, N. M., & Mahmoodi, H., & Jiang, H., & Chen, C., & Shahnasser, H., & Rentsch, N. P. (2014, June), Developing a Summer Engineering Program for Improving the Preparation and Self-Efficacy of Underrepresented Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20281

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