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Global Impact of Experiment-centric Pedagogy and Home-based, Hands-on Learning Workshop at a Historically Black University

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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14

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https://peer.asee.org/37228

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Oludare Adegbola Owolabi P.E. Morgan State University

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Dr. Oludare Owolabi, a professional engineer in Maryland, joined the Morgan State University faculty in 2010. He is the assistant director of the Center for Advanced Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering Research (CATIER) at Morgan State University and the director of the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Laboratory. He has over eighteen years of experience in practicing, teaching and research in civil engineering. His academic background and professional skills allows him to teach a range of courses across three different departments in the school of engineering. This is a rare and uncommon achievement.
Within his short time at Morgan, he has made contributions in teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. He has been uniquely credited for his inspirational mentoring activities and educating underrepresented minority students. Through his teaching and mentoring at Morgan State University he plays a critical role in educating the next generation of underrepresented minority students, especially African-American civil engineering students.
He is also considered to be a paradigm of a modern engineer. He combines practical experience with advanced numerical analysis tools and knowledge of material constitutive relations. This is essential to address the challenges of advanced geotechnical and transportation research and development. He is an expert in advanced modeling and computational mechanics. His major areas of research interest centers on pavement engineering, sustainable infrastructure development, soil mechanics, physical and numerical modeling of soil structures, computational geo-mechanics, constitutive modeling, pavement design, characterization and prediction of behavior of pavement materials, linear and non-linear finite element applications in geotechnical engineering, geo-structural systems analysis, structural mechanics, sustainable infrastructure development, and material model development. He had been actively involved in planning, designing, supervising, and constructing many civil engineering projects, such as roads, storm drain systems, a $70 million water supply scheme which is comprised of treatment works, hydraulic mains, access roads, and auxiliary civil works. He had developed and optimized many highway design schemes and models. For example, his portfolio includes a cost-effective pavement design procedure based on a mechanistic approach, in contrast to popular empirical procedures. In addition, he had been equally engaged in the study of capacity loss and maintenance implications of local and state roads (a World Bank-sponsored project). He was the project manager of the design team that carried out numerical analyses to assess the impact of the new shaft and tunnel stub construction on existing London Underground Limited (LUL) structures as per the proposed alternative 3 design of the Green park Station Step access (SFA) Project in U. K. He was also the project manager of Category III design check for the Tottenham Court Road Tunnel Underground Station upgrade Project in UK.

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Jumoke 'Kemi' Ladeji-Osias Morgan State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8645-696X

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Dr. J. ’Kemi Ladeji-Osias is Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the School of Engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Dr. Ladeji-Osias earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and a joint Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University and UMDNJ. Dr. Ladeji-Osias’ involvement in engineering curricular innovations includes adapting portal laboratory instrumentation into experiments from multiple STEM disciplines. She enjoys observing the intellectual and professional growth in students as they prepare for engineering careers.

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Oludayo Samuel Alamu Morgan State University

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Mr. Alamu is a Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Morgan State University where he conducts qualitative and quantitative research works leading to development. He has participated and led several innovative research works and he is a member of the rocketry team at Morgan State University. He has authored and co-authored several publications with the recent one on the use of additive manufacturing in building a liquid propellant rocket engine nozzle.

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Kenneth A. Connor Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Kenneth Connor is an emeritus professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he taught courses on electromagnetics, electronics and instrumentation, plasma physics, electric power, and general engineering. His research involves plasma physics, electromagnetics, photonics, biomedical sensors, engineering education, diversity in the engineering workforce, and technology enhanced learning. He learned problem solving from his father (who ran a gray iron foundry), his mother (a nurse) and grandparents (dairy farmers). He has had the great good fortune to always work with amazing people, most recently the members and leadership of the Inclusive Engineering Consortium (IEC) from HBCU and HSI ECE programs and the faculty, staff and students of the Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) ERC, where he was Education Director until his retirement in 2018. He was RPI ECSE Department Head from 2001 to 2008 and served on the board of the ECE Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) from 2003 to 2008. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE.

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Aldo A. Ferri Georgia Institute of Technology

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Al Ferri received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1981 and his PhD degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1985. Since 1985, he has been a faculty member in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, where he now serves as Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies. His research areas are in the fields of dynamics, controls, vibrations, and acoustics. He is also active in educational research as well as course and curriculum development. He is a Fellow of the ASME.

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Kathy Ann Gullie Gullie Consultant Services LLC

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Gullie Consultants Services LLC,
Owner, Dr. Kathy A. Gullie Ph.D.
Dr. Kathy Gullie and her associates at Gullie Consultant Services LLC have been in education, assessment, program development and evaluation in New York State for over 30 years. A former New York State teacher for 36 years, Dr. Gullie is committed to the improvement of education for students in all areas and education levels. Collectively, along with members of the team, Gullie Consultant Services LLC. has served as external evaluators for school districts, federal and state agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and institutions of higher education in New York State, as well as from around the country. Some of our past clients include: The National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, The New York State Department of Education, New York State VESID, State University of New York at Albany/SUNY, the State University of New York at Binghamton/SUNY, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Howard University, Morgan University and New York City Board of Education.

More specifically, Dr. Gullie has served the principal investigator/evaluator on several educational grants including: an NSF engineering grant supporting Historically Black University and Colleges through Howard University, the Syracuse City School District Title II B Mathematics and Science Partnership grants, Building Learning Communities to Improve Student Achievement: Albany City School District, Educational Leadership Program Enhancement Project at Syracuse University and the University at Albany through the Teacher Leadership Quality Program. She holds an advance degree in Educational Theory and Practice from the University of New York/SUNY Albany, with experience in teaching educational methods at the master’s level as well as an introduction to education courses designed to develop new interest in teaching careers. She has worked as an elementary classroom teacher developing specific curricula for gifted and talented students as well as inclusion classrooms in a school district eligible for rural and low-income programs. Dr. Gullie’s experience and past projects qualify her for the position of evaluator to examine the impact of the Alliance: Pathways to Success in Engineering (PASE). Her experience and qualifications working with data from multiple educational projects and personal work with students give her an in-depth understanding of the developmental nature of students participating

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Dean T. Spaulding Gullie Consultant Services LLC

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Dr. Spaulding is a program evaluator serving as an external evaluator on this NSF project.

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James William Brown Ph.D. School of Professional Studies, City University of New York

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Dr. James Brown is a pioneer in online course development in science. He has been dubbed the “Godfather of Online Science” and recently has been designated One of the Top 40 Innovators in Education by the Center for Digital Education. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology from the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University and an additional M.S. in Health Sciences from New Jersey City University. He is a former director of microbiology for Roche and an Assistant Commissioner of Health for New Jersey overseeing the Division of Public Health and Environmental Laboratories. He is a former dean of Science, Engineering, Health Sciences and Human Performance for Ocean County College that became an East-coast powerhouse for online science course development with over 14 unique online science courses.
He is president of James W. Brown Associates LLC which develops online science courses for colleges and universities with a special focus science courses for Medical Schools, Dental Schools, Nursing and other health care related colleges and universities. Courses such as Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology and Chemistry which are all designed using Hands-On Labs LabPaqs as the foundation for the laboratory experience. He developed the Online Science Laboratory Series for the Sloan Consortium (now named the Online Learning Consortium) in the Spring of 2014 which helps train science faculty and instructional designers in how to develop online courses in science. Dr. Brown teaches science totally online at California State University at San Marcos, Colorado Christian University, City University of New York, the University of New England, and Gwynedd Mercy University.
Dr. Brown presented “Opening Online Laboratory Science Courses to the World Community 2017 International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference at the University of the West of Scotland held in Paisley Scotland, June 28 – 30, 2017.

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Krishna Bista Morgan State University

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Krishna Bista is an Associate Professor at Morgan State University, Maryland (USA).

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Mulugeta T. Dugda Morgan State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-6801-3225

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Abstract

With support from the National Science Foundation, an evidence-based experimental centric pedagogy (ECP) is being implemented across STEM disciplines at an historically black university. This is the first of its kind, where the ECP is being extended to several STEM disciplines after its successful implementation in electrical engineering to promote motivation and enhance academic achievement of minority students. One of the project objectives is to organize workshops whereby STEM faculty in biology, chemistry, physics, civil engineering, computer science, industrial engineering and transportation systems will learn how to develop and implement ECP as an active learning pedagogy. This paper highlights the strategies used for planning, publicity, implementation, and assessment of the workshop conducted in Summer 2020. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the workshop was held virtually with 360 participants registering globally. The workshop’s focus was developing and implementing inexpensive home-based hands-on learning activities. Workshop assessment revealed that participants expressed positive outcomes, 84% reported that they believe the workshop was a good use of their time and 83% said they plan to implement what they had learned at the workshop in their own practice, affording the participants more opportunities to include home-based hands-on learning in their curriculum. This project seeks not only to increase public scientific literacy, but to also contribute to the development of a diverse, globally competitive STEM workforce.

Owolabi, O. A., & Ladeji-Osias, J. K., & Alamu, O. S., & Connor, K. A., & Ferri, A. A., & Gullie, K. A., & Spaulding , D. T., & Brown, J. W., & Bista, K., & Dugda, M. T. (2021, July), Global Impact of Experiment-centric Pedagogy and Home-based, Hands-on Learning Workshop at a Historically Black University Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37228

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