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Example of Academia / Industry Professional Organization Engagement in STEM Outreach Activities

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

College Industry Partnerships Division Technical Session 1

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College Industry Partnerships

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Page Numbers

26.709.1 - 26.709.11



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Timothy J. Jacobs Texas A&M University

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Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University

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Charles E. Baukal Jr. P.E. John Zink Co. LLC

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Charles E. Baukal, Jr. has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, an Ed.D., and Professional Engineering License. He is the Director of the John Zink Institute which offers continuing professional development for engineers and technicians. He has nearly 35 years of industrial experience and 30 years of teaching experience as an adjunct. He is the author/editor of 13 books on industrial combustion and is an inventor on 11 U.S. patents.

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Paper Title: Opportunities and Benefits of Professional Organization Engagement in STEMOutreach ActivitiesJournal / Conference: ASEE ConferenceAuthors: Removed.Objective of Effort / Study: Identify opportunities to expose potential future scientists andengineers to STEM disciplines via professional organization outreach activities.Objectives of Paper:1) Highlight the need for professional organizations, members of which are from both industryand academia, to engage in STEM outreach.2) Describe the {redacted} teacher grant program3) Highlight the benefits of Year 1 and Year 2 activities.Proposed Abstract:The growing interest in supporting STEM disciplines creates an opportunity for professionalorganizations that include members from academia and industry to participate in the recruitmentand engagement of K-12 students. Professional organizations, because of their industry partnersand members, are often in unique situations to center on specific focus areas and are composedof individuals interested in service and outreach. Further, professional organizations are routinelymanaging present-day “issues” facing certain industries and / or focus areas, creatingopportunities for disseminating “real-time” relevance to prospective young students. This paperhighlights the efforts of one such professional organization – the {redacted} – in creating andexecuting an Outreach Program that solicits and funds proposals from high school teachers whouse the funds to augment their science / engineering classes with some exposure to combustion.The program, now in its fourth year with three successful competition windows, has createdopportunities for members of academia and industry to become exposed to issues that K-12educators face in terms of engaging students in STEM disciplines. The objective of this paper isto provide a guide for professional organizations that consist of members of academia andindustry to use in creating their own outreach program and to identify opportunities for bridgingthe gap between professional organizations and K-12 students and educators. The paperdescribes the process for developing the {redacted} program, summarizes “lessons-learned” andprovides what are believed to be essential features for making a K-12 outreach programsuccessful.Proposed Outline:I. AbstractII. Introduction a. Motivation b. Background c. Objective(s)III. Features of the {redacted} Teacher Grant ProgramIV. Challenges and Key Features of SuccessV. Description of an Example ProjectVI. ConclusionsVII. Acknowledgements ({redacted}, Outreach Committee Members)

Jacobs, T. J., & Baukal, C. E. (2015, June), Example of Academia / Industry Professional Organization Engagement in STEM Outreach Activities Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24046

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