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Gauging Diversity and Inclusion in Systems Engineering Education

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Henry Lester University of Dayton

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Henry D. Lester is an Associate Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Dayton. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Lester retired from the U.S. Army where he had the opportunity to serve in a variety of technical, operational, and leadership positions. He holds a Ph.D. & M.S. in Civil Engineering (University of Alabama), M.S. in Applied Statistics (University of Alabama), M.S. in Operations Management (University of Arkansas), and a B.S. in Aeronautics (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University). He has developed and/or taught courses in systems engineering, systems modeling & simulation, integration, testing, & evaluation, production systems engineering, construction engineering, engineering economics, engineering probability & statistics, project engineering, engineering optimization, risk & failure analysis, reliability engineering, and engineering research methods. His current research interest includes modeling, analysis, and optimization of complex operational systems and infrastructures susceptible to disruptions.

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Kellie Schneider University of Dayton

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Dr. Schneider is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Management, Systems, and Technology. Her research interests are in engineering education and community-based operations research.

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Corinne Mowrey University of Dayton


Raymond Smith East Carolina University

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Raymond L. Smith III is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at East Carolina University. Dr. Smith's research focuses on developing and applying operations research methods to provide model-based, implementable solutions for complex systems. His work encompasses simulation modeling and optimization methodologies with applications to healthcare, public health, supply chain, information systems, logistics, sustainability, and other industrial and service systems. Dr. Smith earned his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from North Carolina State University.

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In recent years, many institutions increasingly seem to be transitioning toward more diverse and inclusive operating policies. Specifically, the policies encourage a more diverse and inclusive population as a means to decipher and resolve complex issues. The field of engineering is no exception to this thrust with a considerable amount of effort directed toward expanding underrepresented demographics throughout the engineering education spectrum. This study explores the current research trends of diversity and inclusion measures in engineering education, concentrating on the different approaches to address the population dynamics of diversity and inclusion in systems engineering education. The study provides insight into important trends to understand better the full span of the struggles involved in the methodologies used to increase diversity and inclusion in engineering education. The resultant metrics of this study can lead to a framework to improve measures to shift toward achieving a more heterogeneous engineering workforce.

Lester, H., & Schneider, K., & Mowrey, C., & Smith, R. (2022, August), Gauging Diversity and Inclusion in Systems Engineering Education Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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