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Engaging Community College Students in Cutting-Edge Research in Topology Optimization

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2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting

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California State University, Los Angeles , California

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April 4, 2019

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April 4, 2019

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April 6, 2019

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PSW Section Meeting Papers - Disregard start and end time - for online paper access only

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Diversity and Pacific Southwest Section Meeting Paper Submissions

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11

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Adrian Bituin ASPIRES Program: Canada College & San Francisco State University

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Adrian Bituin is currently an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at University of California, Irvine. Adrian obtained two Associate of Science for Transfer degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Skyline College prior to transferring to UCI in the Fall 2018 Quarter.

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Krystal Kyain Skyline College

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Krystal Kyain is currently a student at Skyline College in San Bruno,CA majoring in Environmental Engineering, planning to transfer to a 4-year university in the Fall of 2019. Her passion for environmental engineering stems from her upbringing in environmental awareness, appreciation for the beauty of nature, and personal interest in math and science. She hopes to use her passion and determination to help protect the environment and promote a sustainable lifestyle.

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Yardley Ordonez Chico State University

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Yardley Ordonez is currently a Junior at Chico State University working on a bachelor's of science degree in mechatronics. His plan is to become a Robotics/Automation Engineer and have his own consulting business in helping companies to optimize performance through automation.

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Alec William Maxwell San Francisco State University

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Alec Maxwell is currently an graduate student in the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Besides actively conducting research on innovative tools for engineering education in the Intelligent Structural Hazards Mitigation Laboratory at SFSU with Prof. Zhaoshuo Jiang, he also serves the community as the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers for the SFSU chapter.

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Wen Li Tang San Francisco State University

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Wen Li Tang is a graduate student attending San Francisco State University (SFSU) for his Master Degree in structural engineering. In his undergraduate program, he researched with Prof. Zhaoshuo Jiang and Duane Tran on Topology Optimization with high rise structure. After his colleague left, he continues the research and tries to develop a automatic system for topology optimization in high rise structure.

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Nicholas Langhoff Skyline College

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Nicholas Langhoff is an associate professor of engineering and computer science at Skyline College in San Bruno, California. He received his M.S. degree from San Francisco State University in embedded electrical engineering and computer systems. His educational research interests include technology-enhanced instruction, online education, metacognitive teaching and learning strategies, reading apprenticeship in STEM, and the development of novel instructional equipment and curricula for enhancing academic success in science and engineering.

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Wenshen Pong P.E. San Francisco State University

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Wenshen Pong received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He joined the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University in 1998. He teaches courses in Civil/Structural Engineering.

Dr. Pong is a registered Professional Engineer in California. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineers Association of California. He has published over fifty technical papers in the areas of Structural Control and Earthquake Engineering. Dr. Pong was the Director of the School of Engineering at SFSU with 20 full-time faculty and over 25 part-time faculty from 2009 to 2018.

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Cheng Chen San Francisco State University

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Dr. Cheng Chen is currently an associate professor in the school of engineering at San Francisco State University. His research interests include earthquake engineering, structural reliability and fire structural engineering.

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Xiaorong Zhang San Francisco State University

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Xiaorong Zhang received the B.S. degree in computer science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, in 2006, the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from University of Rhode Island, Kingston, in 2009 and 2013 respectively. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University. Her research interests include embedded systems, wearable technologies, neural-machine interface, and cyber-physical systems.

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Hamid Mahmoodi San Francisco State University

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Hamid Mahmoodi received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 2005. He is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University. His research interests include low-power, reliable, and high-performance circuit design in nano-electronic technologies. He has published more than one hundred technical papers in journals and conferences and holds five U.S. patents. He was a co-recipient of the 2008 SRC Inventor Recognition Award, the 2006 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society VLSI Transactions Best Paper Award, 2005 SRC Technical Excellence Award, and the Best Paper Award of the 2004 International Conference on Computer Design. He has served on technical program committees of Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, International Symposium on Low Power Electronics Design, and International Symposium on Quality Electronics Design.

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Hao Jiang San Francisco State University

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Hao Jiang received the B.S. degree in materials sciences from Tsinghua University, China, in 1994 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego, in 2000.

Hao Jiang has been with San Francisco State University since August 2007 as an assistant professor in electrical engineering. Prior joining SFSU, he worked for Broadcom Corporation, Jazz Semiconductor and Conexant Systems Inc. His research interests are in the general area of analog integrated circuits, particularly in ultra-low-power circuits for biomedical applications.

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Zhaoshuo Jiang P.E. San Francisco State University

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Zhaoshuo Jiang graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering. Before joining San Francisco State University as an assistant professor, he worked as a structural engineering professional at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) LLP. As a licensed professional engineer in the states of Connecticut and California, Dr. Jiang has been involved in the design of a variety of low-rise and high-rise projects. His current research interests mainly focus on Smart Structures Technology, Structural Control and Health Monitoring, and Innovative Engineering Education.

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Amelito G Enriquez Canada College Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1259-0680

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Amelito Enriquez is a professor of Engineering and Mathematics at Cañada College in Redwood City, CA. He received a BS in Geodetic Engineering from the University of the Philippines, his MS in Geodetic Science from the Ohio State University, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include technology-enhanced instruction and increasing the representation of female, minority and other underrepresented groups in mathematics, science and engineering.

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Abstract

Topology optimization has great potential to achieve the most economical and efficient engineering designs due to its ability to allocate materials to the most effective locations. Topology optimization techniques have been applied to tall building design. However, due to the lack of an automated process, a simplified procedure is commonly used to find the optimized pattern of the exterior bracing. An automated topology optimization platform that utilizes commercially available software packages would be very helpful to promote the usage of topology optimization and adoption of the research outcomes. The California Community College System, with its enrollment of approximately 2.5 million students, is in a prime position to grow the future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Through the U.S. Department of Education funded collaborative Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program: Accelerated STEM Pathways through Internships, Research, Engagement, and Support (ASPIRES) cooperative program between Cañada College, a Hispanic-Serving community college and San Francisco State University (SFSU), a public comprehensive university, a 10-week summer program is set up to provide opportunity for community college students to experience the excitement of state-of-the-art research. In this summer program, the community college students were working closely with graduate students in SFSU to develop a user-friendly platform that streamlines various software packages in different stages of the design process, from modeling to finite element analysis and topology optimization. Topology optimization of a cantilever beam with a moving point load was used to test the developed platform. Systematic workshops and learning modules were prepared to help participating students get ready for upcoming challenges and to provide them a meaningful research experience. The feedback from the students showed that the ASPIRES program offers an effective way to engage students, even with little or no background in engineering courses or research topics, from a community college in engineering research. The pre- and post-program survey results demonstrated that the internship program helped the participating students better understand research and science and increase their independency toward the goal of graduating mature, independent, informed, and globally competitive STEM graduates.

Bituin, A., & Kyain, K., & Ordonez, Y., & Maxwell, A. W., & Tang, W. L., & Langhoff, N., & Pong, W., & Chen, C., & Zhang, X., & Mahmoodi, H., & Jiang, H., & Jiang, Z., & Enriquez, A. G. (2019, April), Engaging Community College Students in Cutting-Edge Research in Topology Optimization Paper presented at 2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting, California State University, Los Angeles , California. https://peer.asee.org/31825

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