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Execution Details and Assessment Results of a Summer Bridge Program for Engineering Freshmen

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Bridge Programs Connecting to First-Year Engineering

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First-Year Programs and Pre-College Engineering Education

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Houshang Darabi University of Illinois, Chicago Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Houshang Darabi is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Darabi is the recipient of multiple teaching and advising awards including the UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017), COE Excellence in Teaching Award (2008, 2014), UIC Teaching Recognitions Award (2011), and the COE Best Advisor Award (2009, 2010, 2013). Dr. Darabi is an ABET IDEAL Scholar and has led the MIE Department ABET team in two successful accreditations (2008 and 2014) of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering programs. Dr. Darabi has been the lead developer of several educational software systems as well as the author of multiple educational reports and papers. Dr. Darabi’s research group uses Big Data, process mining, data mining, Operations Research, high performance computing, and visualization techniques to achieve its research and educational goals. Dr. Darabi’s research has been funded by multiple federal and corporate sponsors including the National Science Foundation, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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Peter C. Nelson University of Illinois, Chicago

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Peter Nelson was appointed Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) College of Engineering in July of 2008. Prior to assuming his deanship, Professor Nelson was head of the UIC Department of Computer Science. In 1991, Professor Nelson founded UIC's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which specializes in applied intelligence systems projects in fields such as transportation, manufacturing, bioinformatics and e-mail spam countermeasures. Professor Nelson has published over 80 scientific peer reviewed papers and has been the principal investigator on over $30 million in research grants and contracts on issues of importance such as computer-enhanced transportation systems, manufacturing, design optimization and bioinformatics. These projects have been funded by organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Motorola. In 1994-95, his laboratory, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation, developed the first real-time traffic congestion map on the World Wide Web, which now receives over 100 million hits per year. Professor Nelson is also currently serving as principal dean for the UIC Innovation Center, a collaborative effort between the UIC Colleges of Architecture, Design and the Arts; Business Administration; Medicine and Engineering.

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Renata A. Revelo University of Illinois, Chicago

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Renata A. Revelo is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and her Ph.D. in Education Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois.

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Yeow Siow University of Illinois, Chicago

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Dr. Yeow Siow has over fifteen years of combined experience as an engineering educator and practitioner. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Michigan Technological University where he began his teaching career. He then joined Navistar's thermal-fluids system group as a senior engineer, and later brought his real-world expertise back into the classroom at Purdue University Calumet. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he enjoys success in teaching and education research.

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Jeremiah Abiade

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This paper reports the execution details and the summary assessment of a Summer Bridge Program (SBP) that is a part of an ongoing National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S-STEM) project in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The project supports 18 Scholars (academically-talented, low-income engineering students). The primary goals of the SBP are facilitating Scholars’ transition to their first-year and improving their academic success. To achieve these goals, the SBP is implemented as a two-week on-campus intensive experience that occurs in the summer before the student’s first year. The first round of the SBP was completed in Summer 2018 and the current paper offers the details, lessons learned, and a brief evaluation of the SBP. Based on the assessment data, it is concluded that the SBP was successful in achieving its stated goals. The evaluation results and the lessons learned from the SBP execution can be used to build a sustainable Summer Bridge Program for all first-year engineering students in the future.

Nazempour, R., & Darabi, H., & Nelson, P. C., & Revelo, R. A., & Siow, Y., & Abiade, J. (2019, June), Execution Details and Assessment Results of a Summer Bridge Program for Engineering Freshmen Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32785

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