June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Minorities in Engineering
22.623.1 - 22.623.11
Attracting young MINDS - outreach and recruitment of minority engineeringstudents (including K-12) Enhancing the Future of America’s Competitiveness through Entrepreneurial EngineeringAbstractA unique engineering outreach approach hosted on our campus recruits andequips future engineers from underrepresented backgrounds by providingparticipants with a glimpse of the practical innovation and entrepreneurialspirit that will be needed for America to compete in the diverse globaleconomy. The Leadership, Education, and Development Summer EngineeringInstitute (LEAD-SEI) has been designed and implemented with the aim ofinstilling an interest in computer science, engineering and entrepreneurshipamong rising tenth and eleventh graders.LEAD-SEI’s three-week core summer curriculum consists of a novel teambased research project and computer science. These components allow groupsto develop innovative solutions, products/prototypes, business plans andtechnology driven presentations to address real world problems; including theglobal challenges of the 21st century. In addition to the aspects describedabove, participants learn the scope of the different engineering fields fromUniversity professors and graduate students. Beyond discovering computerscience and engineering, team building exercises, site visits of corporate andgovernment facilities, and other traditional enrichment activities areincorporated into the curriculum.Within this manuscript, the distribution analysis of the applicants’ race andgender, curriculum critiques along with the qualitative assessment surveyreviews will be discussed. Additionally, we will present qualitative data thatshows how this innovative entrepreneurial technology team-based approachhas aided in the recruitment of underrepresented students to the fields ofcomputer science and engineering; thereby enhancing the future of America’scompetitiveness.
Vallas, C. A., & Williams, W. (2011, June), Enhancing the Future of America’s Competitiveness through Entrepreneurial Engineering Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17904
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