Asee peer logo

Enculturation of Diverse Students to the Engineering Practices through First-Year Engineering College Experiences

Download Paper |


2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





Conference Session

First-Year Programs Division Poster Session

Tagged Division

First-Year Programs

Tagged Topic


Page Count




Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Jacques C. Richard Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16

visit author page

Dr. Richard got his Ph. D. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1989 & a B. S. at Boston University, 1984. He was at NASA Glenn, 1989-1995, taught at Northwestern for Fall 1995, worked at Argonne National Lab, 1996-1997, Chicago State, 1997-2002. Dr. Richard is a Sr. Lecturer & Research Associate in Aerospace Engineering @ Texas A&M since 1/03. His research is focused on computational plasma modeling using spectral and lattice Boltzmann methods for studying plasma turbulence and plasma jets. His research has also included fluid physics and electric propulsion using Lattice-Boltzmann methods, spectral element methods, Weighted Essentially Non-Oscillatory (WENO), etc.
Past research includes modeling single and multi-species plasma flows through ion thruster optics and the discharge cathode assembly; computer simulations of blood flow interacting with blood vessels; modeling ocean-air interaction; reacting flow systems; modeling jet engine turbomachinery going unstable at NASA for 6 years (received NASA Performance Cash awards).
Dr. Richard also conducts engineering education research. Dr. Richard also studies how emerging technology can impact engineering education (e.g., eTextbooks with embedded simulations) and the complex correlation between instructional material and student development.
Dr. Richard is involved in many outreach activities: e.g., tutoring, mentoring, directing related grants (for example, a grant for an NSF REU site). Dr, Richard is active in professional societies (American Physical Society (APS), American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), etc.), ASEE, ASME. Dr. Richard has authored or co-authored about 25 technical articles (21 of which are refereed publications). Dr. Richard teaches courses ranging from first-year introductory engineering project design, fluid mechanics, to space plasma propulsion.

visit author page


Noemi V. Mendoza Diaz Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16

visit author page

Dr. Mendoza Diaz is Instructional Assistant Professor at the Dwight College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. She obtained her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Educational Administration and Human Resource Development and worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning-INSPIRE at the School of Engineering Education-Purdue University. She was a recipient of the Apprentice Faculty Grant from the Educational Research Methods ASEE Division in 2009. She also has been an Electrical Engineering Professor for two Mexican universities. Dr. Mendoza is interested in Pre-college and College Engineering Readiness, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Engineering Students, Latino Studies in Engineering and Computer Aided/Instructional Technology in Engineering.

visit author page


Tanya Dugat Wickliff Texas A&M University

visit author page

Delivering significant results in pivotal roles such as Sr. Consultant to high-profile clients, Sr. Project Manager directing teams, and Executive Leader of initiatives and programs that boost organizational effectiveness and optimize operations have been hallmarks of Dr. Wickliff’s career spanning more than 24 years with leaders in the oil & gas and semiconductor industries.

As an expert in the areas of Executive Leadership and Team Development, Strategy Design & Execution, Supply Chain Optimization, Change Management, System Integration and LEAN Process Improvement (technical and business), Dr. Wickliff is passionate about Organizational Wellness and the Holistic Wellness of individuals. She is also a professional Facilitator and Motivational Speaker.
Dr. Wickliff earned a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Texas A&M University where she combined Industrial Engineering and Organizational Development to conduct research in the area of talent management and organizational effectiveness. She also completed an executive MBA from the University of Texas-Dallas and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston. She is founder of a nationally recognized pre-college initiative program, FreshStart, which has served more than 2000 students since its inception.

Dr. Wickliff is blessed to work daily in the area of her passion – developing young professionals – in her exciting current role at Texas A&M University. She is the Director of the College of Engineering’s, Zachry Leadership Program and a Professor of Engineering Practice. At Texas A&M University, she has taught Capstone Senior Design and Foundations of Engineering courses, but now teaches Engineering Leadership Development courses. She has also taught Project Management and Risk Management courses for the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Wickliff has been honored with University of Houston’s Distinguished Young Engineering Alumni Award, the Black Engineer of the Year Career Achievement Award for New Emerging Leaders and featured in several publications. She has presented keynote addresses, facilitated workshops and given motivational presentations at numerous civic and corporate forums domestically and internationally. She is a contributing author to Tavis Smiley’s book, “Keeping the Faith”, with her inspiring life story. She believes that her life’s calling and thus career quest is to be a catalyst of significant, positive change and growth for individuals and entities. However, through it all, Dr. Wickliff gives top priority to her relationship with God, her husband Oscar Smith and her three sons – Jamar Dugat, Raymond Wickliff and Cortlan Wickliff.

visit author page


So Yoon Yoon Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16

visit author page

So Yoon Yoon, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral research associate at Texas A&M University. She received her Ph.D. and Educational Psychology with specialties in Gifted Education and Research Methods & Measurement from Purdue University. She also holds a M.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics and a B.S. in Astronomy & Meteorology from Kyungpook National University in South Korea. Her work centers on P-16 engineering education research as a psychometrician, program evaluator, and institutional data analyst. As a psychometrician, she revised the PSVT:R for secondary and undergraduate students, developed the TESS (Teaching Engineering Self-efficacy Scale) for K-12 teachers, and rescaled the SASI (Student Attitudinal Success Inventory) for engineering students. As a program evaluator, she evaluated the effects of teacher professional development (TPD) programs on elementary teachers’ attitudes toward engineering and students’ STEM knowledge through a NSF DRK-12 project. As an institutional data analyst, she is investigating engineering students’ pathways to their success.

visit author page

Download Paper |


This paper describes a Work-in-Progress (WIP) on analyses of engineering enculturation constructs and the way diverse groups adopt engineering practices as performed in the field. Studies of socialization processes by which engineering students come into engineering practices provide impetus for further study about enculturation. The studies of socialization processes investigate how students start with pre-conceived notions of successful engineers and how they could eventually adopt proper work practices actually realized in the field. In the workplace, communication and teamwork are highly valued. Yet many engineering students value individual accomplishment and competitiveness as the tactic to succeed. Our approach seeks to quantify students’ enculturation related to engineering communications and teamwork taught in a first-year engineering course to large diverse classes at a southwestern institution. The study seeks to help understand how enculturation may contribute to the development of engineering students adopting favorable behavior and engineering practices for eventual usefulness and success in the workplace.

Richard, J. C., & Mendoza Diaz, N. V., & Wickliff, T. D., & Yoon, S. Y. (2016, June), Enculturation of Diverse Students to the Engineering Practices through First-Year Engineering College Experiences Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26956

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: © 2016 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