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Forming A Leadership Bridge Between High School And College: The Energy and STEM Leadership Program

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2014 ASEE International Forum


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 14, 2014

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June 14, 2014

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June 14, 2014

Conference Session

Track 1b - Session 1

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Curriculum and Lab Development

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20.19.1 - 20.19.11



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Marjaneh Issapour State University of New York, Farmingdale

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Marjaneh Issapour is the Program Director of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center (RESC) at Farmingdale State College (FSC) a Campus of State University of New York . She is also a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at FSC. She has been employed by AT& T Information Systems, Siemens Data Switching and NEC, prior to her employment at the College.
She has earned a BS in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University and a Masters Degree of electrical engineering from Columbia University. She holds the Professional Engineering License in New York State (PE). She is also a Cisco certified (CCNA). Her area of research is Renewable and Alternative energy sources. She is currently working towards her doctorate degree at Stony Brook University.
Marj is an IEEE Senior member and currently chairs the Educational Activities Committee of the IEEE-Long Island. She is an X-com member. She has expertise in Statistical Modeling of various energy related quantities and factors. She is also knowledgeable in networking technologies and has devoted most of her research to applications related to alternative energy sources, specifically she has worked on the development of Hybrid PV systems for increased efficiency and a Statistical Model for Energy Intensity.

She is a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service by the SUNY Chancellor and Board of Trustees in 2007. The Chancellor's Award is a prestigious award within the SUNY system and is awarded only to those candidates who have a record of consistently superior performance and a long commitment to the SUNY system. . She has also been a recipient of Rene Chasmen Affirmative action Award in 1994. She is a motivational speaker for women in Science and Engineering.

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Gonca Altuger-Genc State University of New York, Farmingdale

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Dr. Gonca Altuger-Genc is an Assistant Professor at State University of New York - Farmingdale State College in Mechanical Engineering Technology Department and K-12 STEM Outreach Team Leader at the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College. Her research interests are engineering technology education, self-directed lifelong learning and the decision-making process in design and manufacturing environments.

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FORMING A LEADERSHIP BRIDGE BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE: THE STEM and ENERGY LEADERSHIP PROGRAMEngineering and Engineering Technology education is more important than it has ever been, asmajority of the global challenges faced by humanity today ties to engineering and engineeringtechnology majors. As the availability of the information and the wisdom of crowds increase,the need for preparing students to face challenges that are not only personal or local but alsoglobal increased tremendously. With the increased emphasis on engineering and engineeringtechnology many higher education institutions developed STEM K12 programs, and organizedoutreach for middle and high school students. This trend also helped many high school studentsto complete college credits and gain college experience while they are still in high school. Themost important component of these initiatives is no doubt closing the gap between high schoolsand higher education institutions while making higher education institutions more approachable.In an effort to provide K12 students an opportunity to learn about engineering technologymajors, a summer outreach program is currently being developed by State University of NewYork Farmingdale State College. In addition to the STEM related information, this programaims to provide students an overview on one of the most important global challenges: energy.The importance of energy is acknowledged by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) as apart of the 14 grand challenges for engineering in the 21st century. By including the energy as apart of the summer outreach students will be introduced to engineering, engineering technologyand energy. The energy component will include different forms of energy such as solar, wind,hydro, electrical and also will include hands-on modules for students to learn how these differentforms of energies are generated. The program’s leadership component is embedded in acombination of activities such as: hands-on training, brainstorming sessions, world energyproblem debate sessions and team presentation sessions.This study will provide an overview of the proposed program that is currently being developed,and discuss components of the curriculum and laboratory development. Samples of materials,hand-outs, laboratory components will be shared and proposed assessment methodologies will bediscussed.

Issapour, M., & Altuger-Genc, G. (2014, June), Forming A Leadership Bridge Between High School And College: The Energy and STEM Leadership Program Paper presented at 2014 ASEE International Forum, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--17182

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