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Engaging Engineering Graduate Students in Applied Research at Morgan State University

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Teaching & Learning in Graduate Programs

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Graduate Studies

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26.604.1 - 26.604.15



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Guangming Chen Morgan State University

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Dr. Chen is a professor and the graduate program coordinator in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Morgan State University. He received a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Wayne State University in 1990, a M.S. in systems engineering in 1984 and a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1982 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. Dr. Chen has collaborated on this paper with the graduate program coordinators from other three engineering departments at Morgan State University. He has worked for Morgan State University since 1990.

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Jumoke 'Kemi' Ladeji-Osias Morgan State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. J. ’Kemi Ladeji-Osias is Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in computer engineering. Dr. Ladeji-Osias earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University. She is the Principal Investigator for Doctoral Scholars in Engineering.

Dr. Ladeji-Osias’ involvement in engineering curricular innovations includes outcomes-based articulation and online delivery of undergraduate engineering degrees. In addition to conducting research on color image fusion and real-time implementation of algorithms, she is the immediate past chair of the Middle Atlantic Section of the American Society for Engineering Education and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She enjoys observing the intellectual and professional growth in students as they prepare for engineering careers.

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Gbekeloluwa B. Oguntimein Morgan State University

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Dr. Gbekeloluwa B. Oguntimein received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1974 and 1979 respectively. He has over 30 years teaching and research experience having taught at in the departments of chemical engineering, Iowa State University, Ames Iowa, department of food technology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and conducted research at Institute Nationale Polytechnique de Lorraine in Nancy, France, at Gesselschaft Biotechnologie Forschung in Braunschweig, Germany and Industrial Biotechnology Center, University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada. He currently teaches Environmental Engineering, Water and Wastewater treatment, Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment and Project Management and Sustainable energy development courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Morgan State University. His research areas are application of biological systems in the solution and prevention of environmental problems and development of sustainable energy.

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Young-Jae Lee Morgan State University

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Dr. Young-Jae Lee is an associate professor in the Department of Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies at Morgan State University. His research interests include urban and public transportation systems and safety.

Dr. Lee is considered a transit and urban transportation expert in academia and in the transit industry. He has conducted projects for SHA, including the recent Local Calibration of Highway Safety Manual for the State of Maryland. Also, he has conducted many ITS and CVI projects.

He received his Ph.D. in Transportation Systems from the University of Pennsylvania, and he wrote his dissertation on transit network design and analysis.

He is currently a member of TRB Automated Transit Systems committee and associate editor of Korea Society of Civil Engineering Journal of Transportation Engineering.

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Engaging Graduate Students in Applied Research AbstractMorgan State University (MSU) is a historically black college/university (HBCU) and isclassified as a doctoral/research university (DRU) under the Carnegie classification system.Under the leadership of MSU President David Wilson, the University has developed a ten-yearstrategic plan that includes a vision to propel the University from the current DRU Carnegieclassification to RU/H Research University (high research activity). The MSU School ofEngineering offers the Doctor of Engineering and Master of Engineering degrees, which focuson applied and interdisciplinary research topics for graduate theses, rather than pure andtheoretical research topics. The School of Engineering also offers Master of Science degrees inElectrical Engineering and Transportation.Graduate study provides a passion and a pathway for students to follow or pursue advancededucation or career advancement. Many MSU graduate students come from economicallydisadvantageous families and have no or very limited financial support for their fulltime graduatestudy. Some of them solely count on the scholarships provided by the school or have to takefinancial loans commercial banks or companies. Supported by NSF S-STEM scholarships,NASA research grants and other federal research grants, many MSU engineering graduatestudents have been involved in applied research projects with NASA Goddard Space FlightCenter, Army Research Lab, and the local industry. These projects include the reliability andmaintainability study for McMurdo antenna system, which is located in McMurdo Sound inAntarctica, and integration of NASA systems engineering approach into software defined radiotechnology development projects. By being involved in applied research projects, graduatestudents benefit significantly in terms of inspiring their research interests, developing skills tocollaborate with engineers and scientists of Federal laboratories or industry, and enhancing theirfuture employability. In this paper, we will discuss several graduate student outcomes andstatistical analysis for the impact of the applied research topics and NSF S-STEM scholarshipson the student’s performance in graduate study and career development. Our experiences haveconvinced us of the effectiveness of this setting, which can not only retain student’s vigorousinterests and enthusiasm, but also enhance their employability in today’s job market. (Thisresearch is supported in part by NSF S-STEM grants).

Chen, G., & Ladeji-Osias, J. K., & Oguntimein, G. B., & Lee, Y. (2015, June), Engaging Engineering Graduate Students in Applied Research at Morgan State University Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23942

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