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Development of the Whole Student through an Engineering Abroad Service-Learning Program: Rainwater Catchment/Filtration System in Guatemala

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Measuring the Impact of Community Engagement on Students

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Community Engagement Division

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

18

Page Numbers

26.540.1 - 26.540.18

DOI

10.18260/p.23879

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https://peer.asee.org/23879

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239

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Jo-Ann Panzardi P.E. Cabrillo College

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Jo-Ann Panzardi is a Professor and Chair of the Engineering Department at Cabrillo College, Aptos, California since August 1995. She is also the Program Director of a USDE Title III STEM grant and Project Investigator of a NSF EAGER grant and NSF S-STEM grant. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York and her MSCE in Geotechnical Engineering from University of Maryland. She is a registered civil engineer in California. She was awarded the ASEE-PSW Section Outstanding Community College Educator Award in 2001.

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Kate A. Disney Mission College & Cabrillo College

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Kate Disney has been teaching engineering at the community college level since 1990. Her interests are promoting greater gender and racial balance in engineering as well as exciting students through open-ended projects and applications.

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Natalia Cordoba-Velasquez Cabrillo College

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Natalia Córdoba-Velásquez has a Master in Business Administration from Regis University and a Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology from Pontifical Universidad Javeriana in Columbia. She has more than twenty years of experience working in both quantitative and qualitative research fields with the last fifteen years in higher education. Natalia is currently an Institutional Research Analyst at Cabrillo College and for the past seven years has worked on the following grants and programs: USDE Title III STEM grant, the Academy for College Excellence program, the Career Technology Education program, the NSF EAGER Engineering Abroad grant, and the NSF S-STEM grant. Natalia is passionate about education and enjoys being part of research projects that promote student success.

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Brandon Faria Cabrillo College

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Brandon Faria is a mechanical engineering student at Cabrillo College. He was part of Cabrillo College's first Engineering Abroad Program during to 2014-15 academic year. He has worked on extensive construction projects, organic farming, and currently works as a mechanical engineering technician designing and building automated production equipment at Smith and Vandiver. He plans to transfer to UC Davis after completing his studies at Cabrillo College. Upon receiving his BSME degree, Brandon would like to work designing machines and processes that address issues such as renewable energy, potable water systems, bio-remediation, and sustainable agriculture.

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Sarah E. Kalman Cabrillo College

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Sarah Kalman is a civil engineering student at Cabrillo College. During the 2014-15 academic year she was selected to be part of Cabrillo College's first Engineering Abroad Program. After the abroad experience, she was offered an internship position at Pacific Crest Engineering, a local geotechnical engineering company, where she has gained experience in a soils lab as well as in the field observing projects in Santa Cruz County. She will transfer to either San Jose State University or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this fall 2015 and plans on graduating in June 2017 with a BS in Civil Engineering. After she graduates, Sarah hopes to help rebuild communities in other countries in need of better infrastructures. Giving back to communities in need is extremely important to her. Ultimately, she sees herself back in Santa Cruz working as a civil engineering and being involved in outreach programs to interest children and young adults in STEM related fields. On the side, sh
e studies vocal jazz and enjoys exploring trails around Northern California.

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Patrick Mojica Cabrillo College

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Patrick Mojica is a civil/environmental engineering student at Cabrillo College and was part of the Cabrillo College's first Engineering Abroad Program during the 2014-15 academic year. After participating in the program, Patrick worked as an intern with the Aromas Water District, designing rainwater harvesting systems and organized public outreach events promoting water conservation and domestic rainwater systems design. He is currently employed by Solar Design Tool, a software program for designing Solar Photo Voltaic systems. Mojica has one more year of studies at Cabrillo College before transferring to a four-year university to obtain a BS in civil/environmental engineering, and he plans on continuing on to graduate school.

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Jose Horacio Jimenez Cabrillo College

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Jose Jimenez is a Civil engineering student at Cabrillo College and was part of the Cabrillo College's first Engineering Abroad Program during the 2014-15 academic year. Since the experience, he has been an engineering intern at Aromas Water District working on water systems. He will transfer to California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo this fall and plans on graduating in June 2017 with a BS in Civil Engineering. After graduating, he plans to return to the Monterey Bay area and works in the public works sector

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Abstract

Development of the Whole Student through an Engineering Abroad Service Learning Program: Rainwater Catchment/Filtration System in GuatemalaThe first engineering service learning abroad program was offered during the 2013-14 academicyear which consisted of an application process; weekly pre-trip preparatory meetings; the two-week January 2014 community engagement service project in Guatemala; and weekly post-tripculmination meetings. From the application process, eleven engineering student delegates andthree alternates were selected in varying fields of engineering, construction experience, andlanguage skills. During the weekly Fall 2013 preparatory meetings, the two faculty and thefourteen students met to explore Guatemala’s culture; learn about health and safety of travelingabroad; perform preliminary design of the water system for the village of Vuelta Grande. Thetwo-week abroad experience consisted of working with the young adult leaders of the village indesigning, procuring material, building, and testing the rainwater catchment-filter system toprovide the village with potable water. And, during the weekly Spring 2014 culminationmeetings, the students used the documentation of their experience in a series of presentations tothe College and the local professional community. Following the culmination meetings, theeleven students completed self assessments in rating their personal and professional growth fromthe abroad program from 1 (low) to 10 (high). The areas of growth included industry skills,importance of civic engagement; awareness of engineering as a global profession; and desire tobe an engineer. The results from the assessments showed a mean varying between 6.0- 7.0 inskills prior to the experience and a mean varying from 8.0 – 9.0 in skills after the experience.

Panzardi, J., & Disney, K. A., & Cordoba-Velasquez, N., & Faria, B., & Kalman, S. E., & Mojica, P., & Jimenez, J. H. (2015, June), Development of the Whole Student through an Engineering Abroad Service-Learning Program: Rainwater Catchment/Filtration System in Guatemala Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23879

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