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Expanding Diversity in STEM: Developing International Education and Research Partnerships in a Global Society

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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International Division Technical Session 1

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Christopher Lum University of Washington Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Lum received his PhD in Aeronautics & Astronautics from the University of Washington in 2009. He is currently a research scientist at the University of Washington's William E. Boeing Aeronautics & Astronautics Department and runs the Autonomous Flight Systems Laboratory. His research interests includes coordinated multi-vehicle searching, automatic target recognition, formation flight of swarms of vehicles, risk assessment of UAS in the national airspace, collision avoidance/deconfliction, and UAS flight operations. He has worked closely with industry partners such as the Boeing Company, Insitu, Aerovel, Hood Technology, and the Washington Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation to implement academic technologies onto deployed platforms. Dr. Lum teaches both undergraduate and graduate course on automatic control, flight mechanics, modeling and simulation, mathematical tools for engineers, sensors and actuators, and other controls related courses. He has been awarded the department's "Instructor of the Year" award twice (2012 and 2013). He is also the faculty advisor to the department's design, build, fly team. He has served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University and as a visiting fellow at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

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Stephanie Gardner University of Washington

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Stephanie earned her B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington (UW) in 2001 and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy in 2006. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the UW College of Education (higher education track) with a research focus on STEM identity development. Most recently she received her certificate of participation from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Management Development Program. Over the years Ms. Gardner has advocated extensively on behalf of access, retention, and graduation for underrepresented populations. Many of her professional experiences have been with federal programs including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Education (DOE). Ms. Gardner has served on a number of committees and has extensive event and public relations experience. As the Assistant Director for the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) Community and Public Relations (CPR) Unit, she provided leadership, strategic direction, and concept development for programs including: the OMA&D 40-Year Campus Celebration of Diversity, Homecoming Weekend Celebration, Alumni Spring Mixer and served as the Co-Committee Chair for the annual department FEOP Celebration Fundraiser. Additionally, she served as a key leader and member of the UW OMA&D Outreach and Recruitment Unit that contributed to two consecutive years of increased underrepresented freshmen student enrollment at the UW. In her current capacity as the Director for the Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program at the UW, she strives to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation rates for underrepresented students in STEM disciplines while providing experiential and research opportunities. Through the LSAMP Program she was able to co-write the OMA&D/UW College of Engineering STEM focused study abroad seminar to Brisbane, Australia. This was selected for a best practice model workshop at the 2013 LSAMP National Conference. Her accomplishments include being selected and featured in the 2009 AKA Calendar-“Seattle Up and Coming Young African American Professionals”, nominated and selected as a UW Pangaea international staff study abroad participant to Paris, France, serving as the former Chair of the Education and Youth Empowerment Committee for the Seattle Urban League Young Professionals, receiving the OMA&D Outstanding Contribution Award in 2007, acceptance into the Alene Moris National Education Women’s Leadership Institute, selection into the Leadership Tomorrow 2016 cohort, and awarded certification through the College Board Summer Institute on Admissions and School Relations. Currently, Ms. Gardner is a member of the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators (NASPA) in Higher Education and serves on the national board for the African American Knowledge Community (AAKC) as the Conference Social Chair, formerly serving as the Best Practices Spotlight Chair. She has volunteered with the organization as a NASPA Region V Awards Reviewer and 2014 NASPA Western Regional Conference Reviewer. Her most recent project includes serving as a founding board member on the first African American Black Political Action Committee (PAC) in Washington State in the capacity of the Membership Coordinator. Ms. Gardner enjoys serving on the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) Board of Directors and as an Advisor to UW Sisterhood.

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Cathryne Jordan University of Washington

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Cathryne, UW College of Engineering, Assistant Director of Diversity and Access, Director of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program.
Directing and working with the educational K-20 community, university, public and/or private sector outreach and recruitment programs, she focuses on the recruitment and retention of students pursuing their undergraduate and/or graduate level degree in the STEM disciplines. Focuses on student populations that are traditionally and historically underrepresented within higher education and engineering.
Cathryne earned a BA in Speech Communication, Masters in Public Affairs (MPA), and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

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Matthew Dunbabin Queensland University of Technology

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Dr Matthew Dunbabin joined QUT as a Principal Research Fellow (Autonomous Systems) in 2013. He is known internationally for his research into field robotics, particularly environmental robots, and their application to large-scale monitoring. He has wide research interests including adaptive sampling and path planning, vision-based navigation, cooperative robotics, as well as robot and sensor network interactions. Dr Dunbabin received his Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and his PhD from the Queensland University of Technology. He started his professional career in 1995 as a project engineer at Roaduser Research International, and following his PhD joined the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in the Autonomous Systems Laboratory. At CSIRO he held various roles including Principal Research Scientist, project leader and the Robotics Systems and Marine Robotics team leader before moving to QUT in 2013. A strong advocate of robotic systems in civilian applications, Dr Dunbabin is involved in a number of initiatives aimed at promoting, educating and demonstrating autonomous systems to a range of interest groups nationally and internationally.

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Preferred Session Topics 1. Starting Successful Faculty-Led Programs: Opportunities, Challenges, and Risks 2. Global Methods for Recruiting, Retaining and Motivating Engineering Students 3. Diversity: Women and Minorities in Engineering Education Around the Globe

This paper describes the process of building a successful education and research relationship between the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, WA, USA and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, QLD, Australia with a focus on recruitment of diverse students who traditionally have not sought out study abroad programs. The UW has a gap in terms of underrepresented minorities and/or women engaged in STEM related study abroad programs as well as STEM majors. International study-abroad programs primarily focus on social science disciplines and there are few opportunities for international studies in STEM fields such as aerospace engineering. The program described in this paper began as an engineering-focused study abroad program operated by the UW with QUT as the host university. At its inception, the goal of the program was to develop a holistic and community based approach for building a program around the student experience with a focus on women and underrepresented students. This involves equal participation from the faculty director, program staff, host university personnel and industry. This program is unique in that it has blossomed to a collaborative research relationship over the course of four years. In addition to conducting annual study abroad programs at QUT, students involved in this program have continued to perform research with their home university while collaborating with the host university. Bi-directional student exchange for research internships and technical publications have materialized from this relationship.

This paper will present the mechanics and logistics associated with conducting an annual, international study abroad program. It will describe the structure of the program as well as comparison to similar programs. The paper will also describe how the relationship grew beyond a course-based program to a collaborative research-based partnership. The associated opportunities, challenges, and risks associated with this growth are presented. Impacts and program significance will be presented in the form of data collected from over 60 program participants over the course of four years. Case rich stories gathered from focus groups and interviews conducted with program alumni will be presented.

Lum, C., & Gardner, S., & Jordan, C., & Dunbabin, M. (2016, June), Expanding Diversity in STEM: Developing International Education and Research Partnerships in a Global Society Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26805

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