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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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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Katrina Donovan South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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Jon Kellar South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


Paula Jensen Texas Tech University

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Paula Holmes Jensen is a Ph.D. Candidate at Texas Tech University and was the Co-PI of the NSF S-STEM grant Culture and Attitude at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SD Mines). She taught at SD Mines for ten years and is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Systems and Engineering Management at Texas Tech University full-time. Her research interests are in Engineering Education and Lean Six Sigma in the service industry. She also co-owns Sage Studios LLC and was in Manufacturing and Logistics for almost ten years. She has her Lean Black Belt through the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE).

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Michael West South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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Stuart Kellogg South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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The Culture and Attitude (C&A) program aims to attract, retain, and graduate more STEM students, especially women in engineering, through scholarships, industry mentors, professional development, and a new curriculum that engages diverse learning styles. Participating departments include metallurgical, industrial, mechanical, mining, and civil engineering.

In addition to scholarship support, the C&A program offers several components to help students gain confidence and build successful professional relationships. There is four critical program elements (i) program mentoring, (ii) professional development, (iii) personal development, and (iv) curriculum modification (based on best practices).

Curricular change is critical as data suggests that incoming engineering students are diverse in their learning styles and strengths, falling among four Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) quadrants: analytical, experimental, practical, and relational. Conversely, graduating engineers tend to be primarily analytical despite industry demand for greater diversity. This aspect is spurred by research indicating diverse teams produce better results. Therefore, new elements were integrated into selected C&A courses to better engage and retain students in all HBDI quadrants, such as: • Experiential workshops • Service-learning • Kinesthetic "hands-on" activities • Group discussion and cooperative learning • Brainstorming and visualization • Industrial site visits • Engineering design case studies • Teaming • Engineering synthesis and historical perspectives

Results of student typology and self-efficacy assessment about student professional development and curricular changes are also presented.

Keywords: STEM Education, Women in Engineering, NSF S-STEM

Donovan, K., & Kellar, J., & Jensen, P., & West, M., & Kellogg, S. (2022, August), IMPLEMENTING CURRICULAR AND CO-CURRICULAR BEST PRACTICES TO INCREASE AND RETAIN FEMALE ENGINEERS Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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