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Establishing an Industrial Engineering Internship Pipeline for Data Analysis Careers in Collegiate and Professional Athletics

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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Postcard Session: Experiential Learning as a High-Impact Student Experience

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Cooperative and Experiential Education

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Glenda D. Young Collins Mississippi State University

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Dr. Glenda D. Young is a visiting assistant professor at Mississippi State University. She completed her doctoral work at Virginia Tech’s in the Department of Engineering Education. Her research include the role of university-industry partnerships in shaping student career expectations and pathways, the student to workforce continuum, and broadening participation in engineering. Dr. Young has worked as an Employer Relations Assistant for the VT Career and Professional Development office and has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University and Master of Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar.

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Reuben F. Burch V Mississippi State University

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Reuben F. Burch V received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2014. He has also received a Master of Engineering Management in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Kansas State University and a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University.
Dr. Burch’s work history largely consists of research and development in the virtual reality space where he consulted for NASA, Naval departments from multiple countries, and the Department of Defense and Energy. Recently, his Research and Development (R&D) expertise has expanded to include logistics and industry. He currently serves as a faculty consultant and logistics and technology advisor for numerous universities and multiple Fortune 100 companies around the world. He is also an elected official for a small municipality in western Tennessee where he works with local entrepreneurs to build a better ecosystems for creativity with the goal of growing a stronger community and workforce.
Dr. Burch’s primary research interests center around human factors, ergonomics, and future generations of technologies. He is particularly interested in the design of and human interaction with rugged mobile tools, robotics, and contextual awareness within the industrial workplace. Other work includes studying the current demographic shift in the global workforce and what new expectations from a self-actualized generation of workers mean for the future of all industrial technology.
Dr. Burch has a number of publications regarding ruggedized handheld devices in the industrial work environment and has filed a number of potential new intellectual properties and inventions as part of his research.

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This work in progress paper describes the development of an on-campus internship that offers industrial and systems engineering students the opportunity to explore their interests in both athletics and data analysis. With awareness of student interest as well as research interests in sensor data analysis in collegiate and professional athletics, authors seek to connect engineering students with their data analytics and/or sports interests by establishing internship opportunities with the on-campus athletics program. In Fall 2017, eleven industrial engineering undergraduate students who are considering careers in athletics data analytics or general data analysis fields participated in a pilot internship program with a variety of athletics programs on campus. Following an encouraging pilot phase (based on informal interviews/testimonials), we now work to establish a formal research and assessment plan for the internship program Via surveys and interviews with student participants as well as participants' supervisors (i.e., athletic coaches/assistants), we seek to investigate the components of the internship and explore how the experience impacts students career interests and self-efficacy related to pursuing a career in data analysis in particular as it relates to sports programs. We introduce the partners, provide an overview of the anticipated research and assessment plan, and discuss preliminary lessons from the program development and implementation. We anticipate that our findings will ignite discussion of how engineering departments can proactively reach beyond industry partners and explore on campus experiential opportunities for students.

Young Collins, G. D., & Burch, R. F. (2018, June), Establishing an Industrial Engineering Internship Pipeline for Data Analysis Careers in Collegiate and Professional Athletics Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30439

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