Asee peer logo

EDGE 2014 Program – The Formula that Works

Download Paper |


2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Reporting Out: Dissemination of Several NSF Projects of Interest to Two-Year Colleges

Tagged Division

Two Year College Division

Page Count


Page Numbers

26.566.1 - 26.566.17



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Dan G. Dimitriu San Antonio College

visit author page

Dan G. Dimitriu has been practicing engineering since 1970 and taught engineering courses concurrently for more than 20 years at various institutions. In 2001, he joined San Antonio College full-time as the Coordinator of its Engineering program. He has been involved with several engineering societies and became a member of the Two-year College Division of ASEE in 2002. His research interests are in alternative fuels, fuel cells, plastics, and engineering education.

visit author page


Jerry O'Connor San Antonio College

visit author page

Jerry O’Connor has been teaching physics (and a few engineering and math) courses since 1980. He has persistently promoted and supported the integration of findings from physics and engineering education research with education practice.

visit author page

Download Paper |


EDGE 2014 Program – The Formula that WorksAbstractThis latest paper from the EDGE Program series briefly presents the history of the EDGE (EarlyDevelopment of General Engineering) Summer Bridge Program that was initiated in 2003, andfocuses on the most recent iteration of the program. Over its history this project has beensupported by grants from our local college Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and theDepartment of Education.After sustained efforts to create a stable program based on the original concept did not bear fruit,a comprehensive examination and redesign of the program was conducted for 2013. The newversion has been developed as a two year program. The first year would prepare students forCollege Algebra by boosting their Math proficiency and helping them acquire a strong collegestudent identity. The second year would introduce them to college level Engineering.The new edition of the program was offered for the first time in 2013 with only the first yearcomponent. In 2014 we offered both components and made them available for returningstudents as well as the new ones. The robotics project, which had become very popular withstudents, was refined and diversified to include two sequential years of activities and challenges.This enhancement provided increased opportunity for our students to diversify their design andprogramming skills.The paper will also present and analyze the results of the second year of the new edition of theprogram and describe the long term plans to continue the program with support from otherfunding sources.

Dimitriu, D. G., & O'Connor, J. (2015, June), EDGE 2014 Program – The Formula that Works Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23904

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2015 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015