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ENGAGE 2Be Engineers Mentoring Program for Minority Students

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Mentoring Minorities: Effective Programs, Practices, and Perspectives

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Minorities in Engineering

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24.483.1 - 24.483.15



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Matthew B. A. McCullough North Carolina A&T State University

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NC A&T Alumnus graduated from A&T in 2001 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering. Dr. McCullough obtained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2006, under the advisorship of Dr. Nicole Grosland. His research focused on hand and wrist musculoskeletal biomechanics, and in particular total wrist arthroplasty and upper extremity kinematics. This experience was especially rewarding as Dr. McCullough was afforded the opportunity to work with Dr. Brian Adams, a well-known hand surgeon. In the summer of 2006, he began a post-doctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic, working on orthopaedic biomechanics and physiology cellular imaging laboratories. This provided the opportunity to work with outstanding clinical and research mentors like Drs. Kai-Nan An, Kenton Kaufman, Gary Sieck, Ann Reed, Harold Kitaoka, as well as others. His research at that time focused on non-invasive imaging of muscle tissue as well as cadaveric studies of the foot and ankle.
Dr. McCullough is a faculty member of the first bioengineering program independently housed at a Historically Black College or University and is a part of the NSF ERC-RMB which includes research on the biomechanics of degradable medical devices. He is passionate about educating undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as the general community in biomechanics, biomedical engineering and the S.T.E.M. fields.

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Stephanie Luster-Teasley North Carolina A&T State University

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Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley is an associate professor with a joint appointment in Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. She specializes in Environmental Engineering and her research interests include water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, sustainability, and engineering education.

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Clay Gloster Jr. North Carolina A&T University (Tech)

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Clay Gloster, Jr. is currently serving as the chairperson in the Department
of Computer Systems Technology at North Carolina A&T State University. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from
North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, NC) and the Ph.D. degree
in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University (Raleigh NC).
He also has been employed with IBM, the Department of Defense,
the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Howard University.

research interests are in the general area of reconfigurable computing. Current research focuses
on the development of a suite of software tools that allow scientists to benefit from the potential order of magnitude
speedup in execution time offered by reconfigurable computers over typical desktop computers. Dr. Gloster has also conducted research in the area of
technology-based curriculum development, distance education, and VLSI design for testability.

Dr. Gloster has taught courses on digital system design, ASIC design, microprocessor system applications, FPGA-based
system design, and VLSI design for testability (using VHDL/Verilog). He has served on the program committee and as session
chair for several international conferences. He received best paper and presentation awards for a paper presented at the
International Conference on Computer Design and has received numerous fellowships and distinguished awards. Dr. Gloster holds one US patent and led the effort to establish a new BS degree program in Computer Engineering at Howard University.

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Leotis Parrish North Carolina A&T State University


Marcia F. Williams North Carolina A&T State University

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Marcia Williams is the Director of STEM/Sponsored Programs in the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University, and has more than 20 years of experience in organizational development, strategic planning, proposal development, and grants implementation and administration. Marcia earned a B.S. in Industrial Technology from North Carolina A&T State University, an MBA in Management from Wake Forest University, and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from North Carolina A&T State University. As Co-Principal Investigator and Statewide Project Director for the North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program (NC-LSAMP), and Co-Principal Investigator and administrative manager for the NSF Innovation through Institutional Integration (I-3) project, she is a strong advocate for broadening the participation of underrepresented populations who major in, and complete STEM undergraduate and graduate degrees. Dr. Williams has been instrumental in garnering over $8 million in grants to support undergraduate research and interdisciplinary outreach programs, and has facilitated faculty-led research experiences on campus and at Argonne, Brookhaven, and Lawrence L. Livermore national laboratories.She is a Councilor in the Undergraduate Research Program Directors Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research,and member of the CUR Broadening Participation Task Force. She also serves on advisory boards for the NSF Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP), the NIH Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program, the NSF Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program, and the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP). She is also a member of ASEE.

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Ronnie S. Bailey North Carolina A&T State University

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Ronnie Bailey is an Associate Professor in the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering program at North Carolina A&T State University. He has both professional and teaching experience in architectural engineering and urban planning; furthermore, he has worked as a design consultant and planner for both private and public projects. Due to Professor Bailey’s pedagogy of teaching, he has been honored with receiving the Teacher of the Year award from his department on six occasions and the Teaching of the Year award for outstanding teaching from the College of Engineering, twice. For the College of Engineering, he has done a superior job in developing and coordinating the Introduction to Engineering Design; evaluations from students and alumni suggest that the course has not only helped increase retention among freshman students, but also provides a more realistic view of how the engineering design process works in industry. Professor Bailey’s courses also provide the student with knowledge of the work environment and team spirit expected of engineers in the workplace. At NC A&T he has helped initiate programs to address the critical issues of increasing the diversity initiative of professional development and preparation of working in a global society. He has provided opportunities for students to have international experience by coordinating different types of study aboard experiences that appeal to a broad range of students; number of sites include Oxford University, London, England, Paris, France, Rome, Italy, Greece, Germany, and Switzerland. In the Oxford England Program at Oxford Brookes University he served as a consultant for a summer program. At the present time Professor Bailey is helping coordinate a program with Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering and North Carolina A&T State University; “Rising Sophomore Abroad” program. This program will expose students to not only the culture of the country, but also engineering industries and universities abroad.

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ENGAGE 2Be Engineers Mentoring Program for Minority Students Submitted to the ASEE Minorities in Engineering DivisionEngaging the Next Generation of African-American Graduates Entering Biomedical,Biological, and Environmental Engineering Careers (ENGAGE 2BE) aims to address thecurrent worker shortage and lack of diversity in various fields of engineering. Improvingthe diversity of viewpoints and experiences within the engineering field will fuelinnovation and draw on a talent pool that will fill the current workforce needs. In orderto increase underrepresented minority (URM) participation in engineering multiplestrategies must be employed, two of which are increasing the retention and completionrates of URMs and women in engineering B.S. programs; as well as increasing thenumber of URMs and women that attend and complete graduate school in a science,technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field.An impactful mentoring program has been designed and implemented that leveragesstudent strengths through social media to support students as they matriculate towardstheir B.S. degrees. Now entering its second academic year the ENGAGE 2BE programtargets students who are URM, low income, first-generation, from immigrant or migrantworker families, have disabilities, or have children. The program provides mentoringacademic support, and professional development through impactful workshops onunderstanding your strengths, being successful as a woman in a field highly populated bymen, and preparing for graduate school. In addition, support is provided for studenttravel, to increase professional development and preparation to work in a global society.This paper reports on the ENGAGE 2BE program including program motivation,operations and management plans, as well as current assessment data and lessons learned.The information provided will aid others who are interested in strengthening supportnetworks for undergraduate students in engineering.

McCullough, M. B. A., & Luster-Teasley, S., & Gloster, C., & Parrish, L., & Williams, M. F., & Bailey, R. S. (2014, June), ENGAGE 2Be Engineers Mentoring Program for Minority Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20374

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