June 14, 2015
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Engineering Ambassadors Network: Progress in Year 2 on Creating a National Network of Ambassadors To solve today’s engineering challenges, we need a wide range of solutions, which can berealized only by having enough engineers with diverse and strong technical backgrounds.Workforce studies have shown that the number of students being educated in STEM (science,technology, engineering, and math) cannot meet projected demands . Also, the currentenrollments in engineering are not diverse, especially among women, blacks, and Hispanics .On another issue, a recent survey of engineers in industry indicates a compelling need forengineers to have strong communication skills . Addressing these challenges is the Engineering Ambassadors Network: a network ofprofessional development programs for undergraduate engineering students with an outreachmission to middle and high schools. The development mission is to enrich the communicationand leadership skills of engineering undergraduates through academic programs. The outreachmission is to attract a diverse population of middle and high school students into engineering. Inshort, the Engineering Ambassadors Network places the right messenger (engineeringundergraduates with advanced presentation skills) with the right message (messages aboutengineering from Changing the Conversation ) in front of middle and high school students. This paper describes progress on the expansion of the Network during the second year ofthe program. In this second year, we held three training workshops at pilot schools and aregional workshop at a member school that included over 100 trainees from seven schools. Inaddition, we created materials to enable pilot programs to teach advanced communication skillsto new members so that they can perform the outreach. Support for these four workshops andtraining materials arose from a grant from the National Science Foundation . In addition, theefforts this year were deeply influenced by participation in an NSF I-Corps workshop .References1. Carnevale, A.P. and S.J. Rose (2011). The Undereducated American. Available at http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/undereducatedamerican.pdf2. American Society of Engineering Education (2009). Available at http://www.asee.org/papers-and- publications/publications/college-profiles/2009-profile-engineering-statistics.pdf. Accessed October 1, 2011.3. ASME, “Vision 2030―Creating the Future of Mechanical Engineering Education,” American Society of Mechanical Engineers (New York: ASME, 2010).4. National Academy of Engineering, Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering (Washington, D.C.: NAE Press, 2008).5. _____________, _____________, ___________, and _________, “Type 2: Creating a National Network of Engineering Ambassadors: A Professional Development Program with an Outreach Mission,” National Science Foundation Grant 1323230 (College of Engineering, _____________________, 2013-2016).6. _____________, _____________, ___________, and _________, “Leveraging the I-Corps Model to Propagate and Scale the Innovative Approaches to Learning Made Possible by the Engineering Ambassador Program,” National Science Foundation Grant (College of Engineering, _____________________, 2014).
Alley, M., & Haas, C., & Garner, J. K., & Thole, K. A. (2015, June), Engineering Ambassadors Network: Progress in 2014 on Creating a National Network of Ambassadors Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23950
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