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Identifying Factors for Retention of Engineering Students in the First Two Years

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Creating a Positive Environment for Learning

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Civil Engineering

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18

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https://peer.asee.org/30594

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75

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Mohammad R. H. Gorakhki Colorado State University

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Kimberly Catton P.E. Colorado State University

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Nabila A. Huq

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Nabila A. Huq recently completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University, and is currently serving as a postdoctoral researcher at NREL. During her Ph.D., she served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow for the College of Engineering, teaching engineering concepts and studying undergraduate engineering retention patterns. She graduated with a B.S in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona.

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Anthony J. Marchese Colorado State University

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Anthony J. Marchese is the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Director of the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory and Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering at Colorado State University. Marchese holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research areas include internal combustion  engines, alternative fuels, combustion, chemical kinetics, microgravity experiments, methane emissions and biomass cookstoves.  He is currently the Chair of the U.S. Western States Section of the Combustion Institute.   From 2013 to 2016, he was the Principal Investigator on a $1.9 Million study organized by the Environmental Defense Fund aimed at quantifying total methane emissions from the gathering and processing sectors of the natural gas supply chain. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the fuel conversion team leader for the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts, a $50 Million DOE algal biofuel consortium. Marchese teaches courses in combustion, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and product design.  He has previously held positions at Rowan University, United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, CT and NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. He is the holder of numerous United States Patents and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Pi Tau Sigma, The Combustion Institute, AIAA, ASME, SAE and ASEE.   In 2001, he was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and in 2004 he was awarded the ASEE Kauffman Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator Award. 

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Daniel W. Baker Ph.D., P.E. Colorado State University

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Daniel Baker, PhD PE is a full-time faculty instructor and is the primary instructor for both the on-campus and online sections of CIVE 260 Statics and CIVE 261 Dynamics. He has a keen interested in active learning and has a particular interest in both physical and virtual interactive learning tools. Daniel has a PhD from Colorado State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado.

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Abstract

The first two years are the most critical years for retaining engineering students. To get a better understanding of the factors impacting engineering student retention, an electronic survey was implemented to cover educational status, reasons for choosing engineering, individual feedback on program, areas of improvement, and demographic information. This survey builds upon institutional data and a previous survey sent to non-retained students. The survey was given in Engineering Mechanics: Statics to capture a statistically relevant sample of 3rd to 4th semester Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering students. This paper will summarize the results of the survey and discuss related program improvements that could potentially increase retention rates.

H. Gorakhki, M. R., & Catton, K., & Huq, N. A., & Marchese, A. J., & Baker, D. W. (2018, June), Identifying Factors for Retention of Engineering Students in the First Two Years Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30594

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