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Establishing a Win-Win Partnership between a University and Non-Metropolitan Community Colleges

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Conference

2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

11

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24.535.1 - 24.535.11

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https://peer.asee.org/20426

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Mary R. Anderson-Rowland Arizona State University

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Mary Anderson-Rowland, Arizona State University
MARY R.ANDERSON-ROWLAND is the PI of an NSF STEP grant to work with five
non-metropolitan community colleges to produce more engineers, especially female and
underrepresented minority engineers. She also directs three academic scholarship programs, including one for transfer students. An Associate Professor in Computing, Informatics, and Systems Design Engineering, she was the Associate Dean of Student Affairs in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU from 1993-2004. Anderson-Rowland was named a top 5% teacher in the Fulton Schools of Engineering for 2009-2010. She received the WEPAN Engineering Educator Award 2009, ASEE Minorities Award 2006, the SHPE Educator of the Year 2005, and the National Engineering Award in 2003, the highest honor given by AAES. In 2002 she was named the Distinguished Engineering Educator by the Society of Women Engineers. She has over 185 publications primarily in the areas of recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented minority engineering and computer science students. Her awards are based on her mentoring of students, especially women and underrepresented minority students, and her research in the areas of recruitment and retention. A SWE and ASEE Fellow, she is a frequent speaker on career opportunities and diversity in engineering.

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Armando A. Rodriguez Arizona State University

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Prior to joining the ASU Electrical Engineering faculty in 1990, Dr. Armando A. Rodriguez worked at MIT, IBM, AT&T Bell Laboratories and Raytheon Missile Systems. He has also consulted for Eglin Air Force Base, Boeing Defense and Space Systems, Honeywell and NASA. He has published over 200 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings – over 60 with students. He has authored three engineering texts on classical controls, linear systems, and multivariable control. Dr. Rodriguez has given over 70 invited presentations - 13 plenary - at international and national forums, conferences and corporations. Since 1994, he has directed an extensive engineering mentoring-research academic success and professional development (ASAP) program that has served over 500 students. These efforts have been supported by NSF STEP, S-STEM, and CSEM grants as well as industry. Dr. Rodriguez' research interests include: control of nonlinear distributed parameter, and sampled-data systems; modeling, simulation, animation, and real-time control (MoSART) of Flexible Autonomous Machines operating in an uncertain Environment (FAME); design and control of micro-air vehicles (MAVs), control of bio-economic systems, renewable resources, and sustainable development; control of semiconductor, (hypersonic) aerospace, robotic, and low power electronic systems. Recently, he has worked closely with NASA researchers on the design of scramjet-powered hypersonic vehicles. Dr. Rodriguez’ honors include: AT&T Bell Laboratories Fellowship; Boeing A.D. Welliver Fellowship; ASU Engineering Teaching Excellence Award; IEEE International Outstanding Advisor Award; White House Presidential Excellence Award for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring; Ralf Yorque Memorial Best Paper Prize. Dr. Rodriguez has also served on various national technical committees and panels. He is currently serving on the following National Academies panels: Survivability and Lethality Analysis, Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Autonomous Systems. Dr. Rodriguez received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990. Personal Web site: http://aar.faculty.asu.edu/

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Anita Grierson Arizona Sate University

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Ms. Grierson holds an MBA and an MSE in Mechanical Engineering. She directs the METS Center for Motivated Engineering Transfer Students at Arizona State University.

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Richard A. Hall Jr. Cochise College

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Dr. Richard "Bubba" Hall is the Dean for Math, Science, and Health Sciences at Cochise College. He has a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University. He earned his Master's in Secondary Education - Mathematics from Northern Arizona University. His undergraduate work was completed in Mathematics from Oklahoma City University.

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Phil Blake McBride Eastern Arizona College

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Phil McBride received a B.S. from the University of Arizona in 1986, a M.A.T. in 1989 from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Miami University in 2003. He taught high school in Northern Arizona for 5 years before moving to Eastern Arizona College in 1991 to teach chemistry. He was recognized by the EAC Student Association as the most admired faculty in 1993, received the Alumni Faculty Recognition award in 1996, the distinguished service award in 1997, and in 2008 received the Rocky Mountain Region College Educator Award for Excellence in Teaching by the American Chemical Society. He has presented at the Southeastern Arizona Teachers Academy, the ASTA Annual Conference, NSTA, ACS, and the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE). He is a member of ASTA, NSTA, ACS, and 2YC3. He is the current membership secretary of ASTA, a position which he has held since 2010. He has been a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America for the past 20 years. For the past 7 years, he has served as Dean of Instruction, while continuing to teach at least one course each semester.

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Rakesh Pangasa Arizona Western College

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Rakesh Pangasa, Arizona Western Community College
PAKESH PANGASA is the PI of the Arizona Western College METSTEP program. After practicing industrial R&D management in cement, concrete, and construction industries for 14 years at the Cement Research Institute of India, he switched, in 1986, to teaching, training, and consulting. Since then he has been engaged in teaching mathematics and engineering at Arizona Western College and has taught at all the three state universities in Arizona. He has also taught undergraduate and graduate students in business administration, information systems, operations management, and strategic management for Northern Arizona University and for Webster University at their campuses in Yuma, Denver, Vienna and Shanghai. He has also worked as commissioning engineer for FLSmidth training operators at a few plants of American Electric Power, and as Senior Computer Systems Analyst for Yuma proving Grounds on Future Combat Systems Software Interoperability. In his efforts towards motivating high school students to explore engineering, he had launched the first Yuma community robotic team for regional competition. His research interests and passion include building strong relations among academics, research and industry. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Panjab University in 1971, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in 1986.

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Clark Henson Vangilder Central Arizona College

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Prior to obtaining a BS in Mathematics in 1995, I served in the US Navy as a Submarine Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator from 1985 – 1991. Subsequent to the BS degree, I obtained employment with DeVry University from 1998 – 2008; during which, I completed a Master’s degree in Physics, with an emphasis on Physics Education. Since 2008, I have been the Professor of Physics at Central Arizona College. Current projects include the development of engineering AS degree, and management of an NSF grant in partnership with ASU’s Fulton School of Engineering, for Motivated Engineering Transfer Student Talent Expansion Program (METSTEP). Finally, in the fall of 2011, I began a PhD program in General Psychology with an emphasis in Cognition & Instruction, and am set to complete it December of 2014.

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Russell Cox Mohave Community College

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Russell A. Y. Cox

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION
Iowa State University Electrical Engineering 2004 B.S.
Marquette University Electrical Engineering 2007 M.S.
Marquette University Electrical Engineering 2011 Ph.D.

APPOINTMENTS
2012-Present Resident Faculty, Mohave Community College, Kingman, Arizona
2011-2012 Instructor, Baker College of Muskegon, Muskegon, Michigan
2004-2011 Research/Teaching Assistant, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2002-2004 Tutor, Iowa State University Academic Success Center, Ames, Iowa

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
• Russell Cox, Fabien Josse, Stephen Heinrich, Isabelle Dufour, Oliver Brand, “Characteristics of Laterally Vibrating Resonant Microcantilevers in Viscous Liquid Media”, Journal of Applied Physics, 111 (1), 2012, 14 pages, jap.aip.org
• Russell Cox, Jinjin Zhang, Luke Beardslee, Fabien Josse, Stephen Heinrich, Oliver Brand, Isabelle Dufour, “Damping and Mass Sensitivity of Laterally Vibrating Resonant Microcantilevers in Viscous Liquid Media,” Frequency Control Symposium (FCS), 2011 IEEE International, 2011, 6 pages, ieeexplore.ieee.org
• Russell Cox, Fabien Josse, Stephen Heinrich, Isabelle Dufour, Oliver Brand, "Resonant microcantilevers vibrating laterally in viscous liquid media," Frequency Control Symposium (FCS), 2010 IEEE International, June 1-4, 2010, 5 pages, ieeexplore.ieee.org
• Russell Cox, Mike Wenzel, Fabien Josse, Stephen Heinrich, Isabelle Dufour, “Generalized Model of Resonant Polymer-Coated Microcantilevers in Viscous Liquid Media” Analytical. Chemistry, 80 (15), 2008, 7 pages, pubs.acs.org/journal/ancham
• Russell Cox, Mike Wenzel, Fabien Josse, Stephen Heinrich, Isabelle Dufour, "Generalized Characteristics of Resonant Polymer-Coated Microcantilevers in Viscous Liquid Media," Frequency Control Symposium, 2007 Joint with the 21st European Frequency and Time Forum. IEEE International, May 29-June 1, 2007, 5 pages, ieeexplore.ieee.org

SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES
• Adviser for Kingman area FIRST Robotics group

Most Recent Awards, Scholarships and Honor Societies
•Funded through Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program, 2004-2009
•Member of Eta Kappa Nu, 2003-2009
•Member of Sigma Xi, 2007-2008
•Member of IEEE, 2008-2009
• Extra License in Amateur Radio
•Passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, Electrical Engineering Focus


COLLABORATORS AND OTHER AFFILIATIONS
Collaborators: Arizona State University: Mary Anderson-Rowland, Mohave Community College: Jill Loveless
Thesis Advisers: Fabien Josse, Stephen Heinrich, (Marquette University), Isabelle Dufour (Université Bordeaux).

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Thomas R. Palmer Eastern Arizona College

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Thomas Palmer is the Director of the Eastern Arizona Community College METSTEP program. Tom is the Engineering Department head and engineering instructor at Eastern Arizona College. He joined Eastern’s faculty in 2013, after 20 years of private consulting in Arizona. Tom is a registered Civil Engineering and Land Surveyor and has been an founder and owner of 3 successful consulting firms. Tom earned his BS in Civil Engineering form Arizona State University and is completing his Masters of Engineering from Mississippi State University.

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Abstract

,Establishing a Win-Win Partnership between a University and Non-metropolitanCommunity CollegesIn 2008-09, an Engineering School carried out a pilot program with three non-metropolitan communitycolleges (CCs) to develop a win-win partnership that would produce more engineering and computerscience students. This pilot program was followed with the award of a five-year National ScienceFoundation STEP grant starting in fall 2009. In this program, two additional non-metropolitan schoolswere included.This paper will describe the major accomplishments of this program as well as major lessons learned.These accomplishments include that all five CC schools now have engineering programs; one schoolencouraged students to select a major and as a result, the number of engineering majors has grownsubstantially; Associate Degrees in Science or Engineering has been added by some schools which moreclosely follow the first two years of an engineering program and thus facilitates transfer; and anengineering or computer science “curriculum pathway” is being instituted to better advise CC studentswho wish to earn a Bachelor’s degree in these majors.Visits are made each semester by university professors to each of the CCs. In turn, a vanload of studentsfrom each of these CCs comes to the university each semester to visit the transfer center, meetsuccessful transfer students from their school, and learn more about what it would be like to transfer toa big school. The lessons learned through these interactions will be discussed. A major goal of theuniversity visits to the CCs is to get students to consider engineering and computer science as a possiblecareer path. The results of research on what about engineering either attracts or repels CC students willbe presented. The results are further analyzed relative to gender.The number of engineering and computer science transfers to university from these target schools hasincreased by 200% in the past five years. The scholarship students in this program are compared totransfer students from metropolitan CCs and to transfer students in general relative to retention ratesand rates of going directly to graduate school.

Anderson-Rowland, M. R., & Rodriguez, A. A., & Grierson, A., & Hall, R. A., & McBride, P. B., & Pangasa, R., & Vangilder, C. H., & Cox, R., & Palmer, T. R. (2014, June), Establishing a Win-Win Partnership between a University and Non-Metropolitan Community Colleges Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20426

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