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Growing Together with the Community through Service Learning

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

First-Year Programs Division Poster Session

Tagged Division

First-Year Programs

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

10

DOI

10.18260/p.25429

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https://peer.asee.org/25429

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140

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Helen Yoonhee Jung P.E. California Baptist University

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Associate Dean of Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

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University of California, Los Angeles Ph.D. Civil Engineering 2009
University of California, Los Angeles M.S. Civil Engineering 2005
University of California, Los Angeles - B.S. Civil Engineering 2002

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Ziliang Zhou California Baptist University

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Professor of Aerospace Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Department, Gordon & Jill Bourns College of Engineering, California Baptist University, zzhou@calbaptist.edu.

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Liya Ni California Baptist University

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Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gordon & Jill Bourns College of Engineering, California Baptist University, gni@calbaptist.edu.

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Abstract

Growing together with the community through Service Learning

Abstract

This work in progress (WIP) study provides the students with mindset of an engineer, serving the community. The Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and other engineering associations set the expectation of an engineer. Two of the eleven ABET Student Outcomes5 highlight on ethical responsibility of an engineer, and understanding the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context. ASCE also highlights on the well-being of our communities and consistently improving the quality of life of the general public4. IEEE emphasizes on engineers’ responsibility in making decisions consistent with the safety, health, and welfare of the public6. To meet the needs of the society and to train the engineering students with the importance of ‘serving the community’ we created a course called Service Learning. The students are expected to understand the importance of ‘serving the community’ and gain the perspective of improving the quality of life of the general public with their skill sets. The long term outcomes of the course are: 1) to be able to communicate and work with the general public as the ultimate recipients of our engineering goods; 2) to be able to transfer the knowledge to younger generations and to continue to produce professional engineers. Our curriculum includes the service learning requirement as a course for all of our engineering majors. This has been a successful class to provide the students with the mindset of an engineer, serving the community. The course also helped our college to be involved with local county affairs and helped surrounding elementary schools to high schools with many Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities.

Jung, H. Y., & Zhou, Z., & Ni, L. (2016, June), Growing Together with the Community through Service Learning Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25429

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