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Increasing Diversity through Internationalization of Engineering Education

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2016 ASEE International Forum


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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Concurrent Paper Tracks Session II Outreach

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Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua Ohlone College

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Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua is an innovative Engineering Professor based in the Silicon Valley Area in California, USA with over 10 years of experience in Higher Education globally. Before moving to the USA she was the Chair of Engineering and Senior Lecturer at the University of West London, London, UK .She graduated from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria with a B.Eng. (Hons) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering majoring in Telecommunications. She gained an MSc. in Mobile and Satellite Communication from the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK and currently her Doctorate in Cybernetics at the University of Reading, UK .
She has been internationally recognized by UNESCO, BBC, the IEEE for her contributions towards youth empowerment and campaigning for equity for African Americans and Females in STEM education and Career.
She has research interests in the Internet of Things, Wireless Sensor Networks, Sustainable Energy and Appropriate Technologies for Emerging Economies and bridging gender and race divides in STEM education and careers. Rose-Margaret has implemented various initiatives to encourage social entrepreneurship amongst African Youths and to encourage African girls to pursue STEM education/careers.

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The lack of diversity in engineering classrooms is a cause of concern for both academia and industry, as industry looks to academia to provide the much needed diverse workforce in engineering. Though there exist various suggestions on how to increase diversity in engineering classrooms, not many exist that creates intrinsic motivation for students. This paper discusses how internationalization of the engineering education could increase diversity in engineering classrooms through creating intrinsic motivations in students to remain in engineering education. This paper is based on a six semester long study of how internationalization embedded in the Introduction to Engineering Curriculum increased retention and success of underrepresented students in engineering. Teaching pedagogies applied and results are also discussed in this paper.

Ekeng-Itua, R. (2016, June), Increasing Diversity through Internationalization of Engineering Education Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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