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Instigating a Revolution of Additive Innovation: An Educational Ecosystem of Making and Risk Taking

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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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

NSF Grantees Poster Session II

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

17

DOI

10.18260/p.27315

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https://peer.asee.org/27315

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48

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Ann F. McKenna Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus

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Ann F. McKenna is a Professor in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and Director of The Polytechnic School at Arizona State University. Prior to joining ASU she served as a program director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education, and was on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. McKenna received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Nadia N. Kellam Arizona State University

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Dr. Nadia Kellam is Associate Professor in the Polytechnic Engineering Program at Arizona State University. In her research, she is interested in understanding how engineering students develop their professional identity, the role of emotion in student learning, and synergistic learning. A recent research project uncovers the narratives of exemplary engineering faculty who have successfully transitioned to student-centered teaching strategies. She co-designed the environmental engineering synthesis and design studios and the design spine for the mechanical engineering program at UGA. She is engaged in mentoring early career faculty at her university and within the PEER National Collaborative. In 2013 she was selected to be a National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Faculty Member.

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Micah Lande Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus

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Micah Lande, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering programs at The Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

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Samantha Ruth Brunhaver Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus

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Samantha Brunhaver is an Assistant Professor of Engineering in the Fulton Schools of Engineering Polytechnic School. Dr. Brunhaver recently joined Arizona State after completing her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. She also has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. Dr. Brunhaver's research examines the career decision-making and professional identity formation of engineering students, alumni, and practicing engineers. She also conducts studies of new engineering pedagogy that help to improve student engagement and understanding.

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Shawn S Jordan Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1639-779X

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SHAWN JORDAN, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He teaches context-centered electrical engineering and embedded systems design courses, and studies the use of context in both K-12 and undergraduate engineering design education. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Education (2010) and M.S./B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University. Dr. Jordan is PI on several NSF-funded projects related to design, including an NSF Early CAREER Award entitled “CAREER: Engineering Design Across Navajo Culture, Community, and Society” and “Might Young Makers be the Engineers of the Future?” He has also been part of the teaching team for NSF’s Innovation Corps for Learning, and was named one of ASEE PRISM’s “20 Faculty Under 40” in 2014.

Dr. Jordan also founded and led teams to two collegiate National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest championships, and has co-developed the STEAM Labs™ program to engage middle and high school students in learning science, technology, engineering, arts, and math concepts through designing and building chain reaction machines. He has appeared on many TV shows (including Modern Marvels on The History Channel and Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC) and a movie with his Rube Goldberg machines, and worked as a behind-the scenes engineer for season 3 of the PBS engineering design reality TV show, Design Squad. He also held the Guinness World Record for the largest number of steps – 125 – in a working Rube Goldberg machine.

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Jennifer M Bekki Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus

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Jennifer M. Bekki is an Associate Professor in The Polytechnic School within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. Her research interests include topics related to engineering student persistence, STEM graduate students (particularly women), online learning, educational data mining, and the modeling and analysis of manufacturing systems. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering and graduate degrees in Industrial Engineering, all from Arizona State University.

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Adam R Carberry Arizona State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-0041-7060

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Dr. Adam Carberry is an assistant professor at Arizona State University in the Fulton Schools of Engineering Polytechnic School. He earned a B.S. in Materials Science Engineering from Alfred University, and received his M.S. and Ph.D., both from Tufts University, in Chemistry and Engineering Education respectively. Dr. Carberry was previously an employee of the Tufts’ Center for Engineering Education & Outreach and manager of the Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP).

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Jeremi S London Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus

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Dr. Jeremi London is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Arizona State University. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education, all from Purdue University. She employs mixed methods research designs and computational tools to address complex problems relevant to her research interests. She leads projects related to her research interest in primary research interests, which are focused on the characterizing and communicating the scientific and societal impact of federal investments in STEM education R&D; the use of cyberlearning tools to facilitate personalized learning experiences for students; applications of simulation and modeling tools to address undergraduate engineering education research problems; broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in engineering and computer science; advancing the scholarship on teaching and learning in engineering education. Prior to joining the ASU faculty, she worked as a Post-doc at ASU, spent several summers at the National Science Foundation, and worked in various traditional industrial engineering roles at Anheuser-Busch and GE Healthcare.

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Abstract

The project described here is one of six “revolutionizing engineering departments” (RED) grants recently awarded by the National Science Foundation. The RED project at Arizona State University (ASU) focuses on empowering faculty to be agents of change to expand our project-based learning pedagogy throughout our mezzanine engineering fundamental courses, and our upper division concentration area disciplinary courses. We approach this challenge by attending to the larger ecosystem of people and organizations within which change happens, and by using evidence-based methods to make revolutionary advances within our engineering program. We have developed six current working groups in order to manage the range of research foci and provide structure to our project activities. These working groups focus on the following topics: 1) capturing the culture, 2) characterizing the ecosystem, 3) coordinating a NEXUS and realizing an additive innovation mindset, 4) studying making in the mezzanine courses, 5) measuring pedagogical risk taking by the faculty, and 6) tracing impact. This paper provides an overview of each of these six areas, describes how they advance the goals of the project, and presents results to-date.

McKenna, A. F., & Kellam, N. N., & Lande, M., & Brunhaver, S. R., & Jordan, S. S., & Bekki, J. M., & Carberry, A. R., & London, J. S. (2016, June), Instigating a Revolution of Additive Innovation: An Educational Ecosystem of Making and Risk Taking Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27315

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