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Development of a Materials Science Educational Program at Houston Community College: University Partnerships and Assessment Dynamics

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Materials Division Technical Session 2

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Bartlett Michael Sheinberg Houston Community Collelge

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Mr. Sheinberg serves as Director, West Houston Center for Science and Engineering, Houston Community College Northwest. He has held senior administrative positions at HCC including Director of Governmental Relations, Assistant to the Chancellor and has served as a physics and engineering faculty member. His research interests include materials science education and related policy issues in lower division science and engineering.

During his thirty years plus at Houston Community College, he has formed collaborations across the country that have provided the opportunity for HCC students to participate in innovative research and materials programs. A significant number of these students have completed their undergraduate education, entered and finished their graduate education, and transitioned to careers.

Mr. Sheinberg has Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of Texas (Austin) and University of Houston and a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Houston). He serves on numerous regional, state and national committees.

He is married to Beth Finefield, and they reside in Kingwood, TX.

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Amanda Smith Hackler STEM Evaluations and Educational Consulting Services, LLC

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Dr. Amanda Smith Hackler is an external evaluator, providing programmatic guidance through the collection of qualitative and quantitative data to higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and K-12 schools. In her capacity, Dr. Hackler has served as an external evaluator for an array of both federal and foundation grants. Dr. Hackler's research has focused specifically on providing innovative STEM opportunities for underserved and underrepresented students in an effort to improve retention in the high-tech workforce of the future. Dr. Hackler earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Texas Tech University, and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Alabama. She's also a graduate of Harvard University's Management Development Program.

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In 2015, the West Houston Center for Science & Engineering, Houston Community College, was awarded funding by the National Science Foundation, Division of Materials Research, to develop an innovative materials science program, Research Experiences and Exploration in Materials Science (REEMS). The focus of the REEMS program is to provide a comprehensive program structure that provides aspiring science & engineering bound community college students to materials science and materials engineering and associated academic pathways and careers.

The REEMS program is now into its third year. The program provides academic year activities that includes a fall & spring materials seminar series, transfer guidance, networking activities, and an accompanying summer research experience for selected students. To date over ninety HCC students have participated in the academic year activities and twenty-six students have completed summer materials research experiences at regional universities.

This presentation will examine the partnership dynamics among Houston Community College and three regional universities that have led to measurable and successful experiences for students and the respective university research faculty, provide an overview of student demographics and transfer outcomes, and discuss the formative assessment methodologies utilized across the REEMS program.

Sheinberg, B. M., & Hackler, A. S. (2018, June), Development of a Materials Science Educational Program at Houston Community College: University Partnerships and Assessment Dynamics Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30322

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