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How Writing a Book on Engineering helped Rewrite Our Interests in the Field - An AutoEthnography

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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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Student Division Technical 2: Instruction & Learning Delivery

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Sreyoshi Bhaduri Amazon

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Dr. Sreyoshi Bhaduri is an Engineering Educator and People Research Scientist. As part of Global Talent Management Science at Amazon, she employs innovative and ethical mixed-methods research approaches to uncover insights about the 21st century workforce. Sreyoshi has a doctorate in Engineering Education, and Masters degrees in Applied Statistics (M.A.) and Mechanical Engineering (M.S.). She earned her Bachelors degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Manipal University in India. During her time at Virginia Tech, Sreyoshi was recognized as a Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) Fellow, a Global Perspectives Program (GPP) Fellow, a Diversity scholar, and was inducted in the Bouchet Honor Society at Yale in 2017. Sreyoshi is passionate about improving belonging among women in Engineering. She serves as Senator at SWE (Society of Women Engineers) - the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology with over 42,000 global members. She also champions and serves as advisor at Sisters in STEM - a not-for-profit led by school students, aimed at increasing interest, engagement, and allyship in STEM.
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Kritin Mandala

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Lilianny Virguez University of Florida

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Lilianny Virguez is an Instructional Assistant Professor at the Engineering Education Department at University of Florida. She holds a Masters' degree in Management Systems Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. She has work experience in telecommunications engineering and teaches undergraduate engineering courses such as engineering design and elements of electrical engineering. Her research interests include the intersection of core non-cognitive skills and engineering students’ success.

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In this paper, we use an auto-ethnographic approach to describe first-hand the experiences and learnings from ideating, developing, and launching a book series enabling young learners, especially girls, to familiarize themselves with STEM. The primary authors are high school students and recent graduates, who are also founders of STEM initiatives for young learners. With the help of three engineering educators, they use their individual self-narratives to address the tripartite goals of this Innovation in Engineering Teaching Practices paper: 1) to share their story of why books for children developed by children are needed to promote STEM, 2) to delve deeper into learnings and accomplishments as they co-author the book series and reflect on how this work shaped their identities as storytellers and affected their interests in Engineering Education, and 3) to develop a deeper understanding of the broad question of how engineering-related interactions with peers helped develop their own commitment to the professions of engineering and education.

Bhaduri, S., & Mandala, K., & Dailey, Z., & Virguez, L., & Battel, K., & ERICKSON, L. (2022, August), How Writing a Book on Engineering helped Rewrite Our Interests in the Field - An AutoEthnography Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. 10.18260/1-2--40863

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