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Engaging Students in Sustainability Education and Awareness of Green Engineering Design and Careers through a Pre-Engineering Program

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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





Conference Session

Enviromental Engineering Division Poster Session

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Environmental Engineering

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26.608.1 - 26.608.16



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Araceli Martinez Ortiz Texas State University, San Marcos

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Araceli Martinez Ortiz, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Engineering Education in the College of Education at Texas State University. Araceli is Director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research and teaches graduate courses in Integrated STEM Curriculum and Instruction. She collaborates on various state and national STEM education programs and is PI on major grant initiatives with NASA Educator Professional Development and NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education programs. Araceli holds engineering degrees from the University of Michigan and Kettering University. She holds a Master's degree in education from Michigan State and a Ph.D. in engineering education from Tufts University. Her research interests include studying the role of engineering as a curricular context for mathematics and science learning in K-20 and developing research-based active-learning instructional models and assessment instruments to enhance engineering students’ learning experiences and STEM Teacher professional development. She works with teachers, families, and students from underrepresented communities.

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Bahram Asiabanpour Texas State University

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Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour is an Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at Texas State University and a Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE). He received his Ph.D. from the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California. His main research interest is Additive Manufacturing, Product Development, and Renewable Energy. Since joining Texas State, Dr. Asiabanpour has secured 27 externally funded projects from NSF, NASA, Toyota, USDA, DOE, and several local industries. He is currently the PI for the $614K grant from the DOE (2014-17), called “REENERGIZE: Recruitment and Retention of Students in STEM Programs through a Renewable Energy Research and Education Partnership with Five Minority Institutions.” He was the founding Editor In Chief of the American Journal of Engineering Education (AJEE), serving between 2010 and 2014. He is currently Editor In Chief of the International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing (IJRapidM).

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Semih Aslan Texas State University, San Marcos


Jesus Alejandro Jimenez Texas State University

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Dr. Jesus Jimenez is an Associate Professor in the Ingram School of Engineering and the Industrial Engineering Program Coordinator at Texas State University. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University. His research interests are in the modeling and analysis of manufacturing systems; computer simulation; statistical design of experiments; and sustainable production systems. His professional mission is to inspire others to improve systems through simulation modeling and analysis, applied operations research, and applied statistics.

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Yoo-Jae Kim Texas State University

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Dr. Yoo-Jae Kim, P.E., LEED® AP is Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology at Texas State University, San Marcos. He obtained his M.S. in Construction Management and a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Kim has been providing assistance and guidance on energy saving and environmental performance to ensure that new concrete buildings were designed in a sustainable manner, ensuring environmental and energy efficiency benefits. Dr. Kim also assists industry clients in registering and certifying projects through the LEED® program.His research interests include ICF construction, recycled fiber and recycled aggregate concrete.

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Hassan Salamy Texas State University

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Dr. Hassan Salamy is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Texas State University, which he joined in 2009. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2009. His research interests are in Green and Renewable Energy, High Performance Computing, and Embedded Systems. Dr. Salamy is a co-founder of the System Modeling And Renewable Technology (SMART) lab at Texas State University.

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Engaging Students in Environmental Learning and Awareness of Green DesignTechnologies and Careers through a Pre-Engineering ProgramA framework for an active learning summer program for middle school students is presentedalong with survey instruments and pre and post program data regarding student attitudes andawareness of sustainable design issues and career motivation in the field. This summer programwas designed to attract students, especially from underrepresented groups, into early motivatingexperiences in the engineering fields and to increase their awareness of concepts and careers inrenewable energy, and green engineering design principles and technologies. Twenty-fourstudents from a low social economic school district were provided the opportunity to experiencemany state of the art engineering technologies at the university’s school of engineering and tolearn from a diverse group of knowledgeable mentoring faculty. In the week -long program,students were involved in hands-on engineering and renewable energy activities appropriate totheir age and knowledge. Topics covered included: the engineering design process, CAD solidmodeling, 3D Printing and water jet cutting, hands-on assembly, renewable energy resources forhomes, sustainable site selection, and water efficiency principles. Using project-based learning,student teams participated as designers of their own green home models by integrating theirlearning of renewable energy use, conservation practices, and appropriate design and materialselection. Pre and post surveys revealed increases in student awareness of general engineeringand renewable energy concepts as well as increased interest in pursuing engineering careers.

Ortiz, A. M., & Asiabanpour, B., & Aslan, S., & Jimenez, J. A., & Kim, Y., & Salamy, H. (2015, June), Engaging Students in Sustainability Education and Awareness of Green Engineering Design and Careers through a Pre-Engineering Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23946

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