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Integrated Project for Sophomore-level Engineering Course Contextualization

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

13

Page Numbers

26.983.1 - 26.983.13

DOI

10.18260/p.24320

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https://peer.asee.org/24320

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94

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Tonatiuh Rodriguez-Nikl P.E. California State University, Los Angeles

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Tona Rodriguez-Nikl is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Rodriguez-Nikl earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. He is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in California. Dr. Rodriguez-Nikl has worked in industry performing structural evaluations, forensic investigations, and seismic retrofits. His research interests include resilient, durable, and environmentally-responsible structural designs; blast loading of structures; and structural applications of fiber reinforced polymers. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). Dr. Rodriguez-Nikl is active in SEI and ACI committees for sustainability.

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Deborah Soonmee Won California State University, Los Angeles

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Deborah Won is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles. Her specialization is in Biomedical Engineering and her scientific research area focuses on neuro-rehabilitative technology. Her educational research interests include use of Tablet PCs and technology to better engage students in the classroom as well as pedagogical and advisement approaches to closing the achievement gap for historically under-represented minority groups.

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Gustavo B Menezes California State University, Los Angeles

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Menezes is an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering Department at CalStateLA and president of the International Society for Environmental Geotechnology (ISEG). Since becoming part of the faculty in 2009, Menezes has taught 9 undergraduate courses, is the current adviser of the American Society of Civil Engineers student organizations and has participated in several teaching workshops, including one on “Excellence in Civil Engineering Education” and another in “Enhancing Student Success through a Model Introduction to Engineering Course.” He is currently the PI of TUES project to revamp the sophomore-year experience at the college of engineering (esucceed.calstatela.edu). He has developed an open access, web-based audience response system (educatools.com) and is currently the ABET coordinator for his department.

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Arturo Pacheco-Vega California State University, Los Angeles

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Arturo Pacheco-Vega did his undergraduate studies in mechanical and electrical engineering at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Leon, Mexico. His graduate work was at Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico, and at University of Notre Dame, as a Fulbright scholar, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 2002. From 2003 to 2008 he was a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi in Mexico. In 2008 Dr. Pacheco-Vega joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles, where he is currently a full professor. His research interests are related to the thermal and fluid sciences, and include thermal/energy systems, thermal control, system optimization, soft computing techniques, heat transfer enhancement, nonlinear dynamical systems, micro-scale thermal/fluid devices, and biological systems.

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Adel A Sharif California State University, Los Angeles

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After finishing his BS in Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles, Adel A. Sharif continued with graduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering at University of California, Irvine. He earned his MS and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 1995 and 1998, respectively. Upon graduation, he accepted a postdoctoral position at Los Alamos National Lab, where he worked on development of ultra-high temperature structural material among other things. In 2000, he accepted a tenure track faculty position at University of Michigan, Flint and stayed there for two year. Finally he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles in 2002 where he is currently a full professor. Dr. Sharif’s expertise in materials science is in deformation mechanisms, specifically at high temperatures.

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Gisele Ragusa University of Southern California

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Gisele Ragusa is a Professor of Engineering Education at the University of Southern California. She conducts research on college transitions and retention of underrepresented students in engineering and also research about engineering global preparedness and engineering innovation. She also has research expertise in STEM K-12 and in STEM assessment. She chairs USC's STEM Consortium.

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Abstract

Integrated project for sophomore-level engineering course contextualizationIntegrated curricula methodology has been widely investigated and recommended as good optionto the conventional method used to teach engineering. A group of engineering faculty atCalStateLA has designed and assessed an integrated student project that is the overarching themeof engineering curriculum contextualization at sophomore level. The project is part of theSophomore Unified Core Curriculum for Engineering Education (SUCCEEd) program, fundedby the National Science Foundation that seeks the integration of classes in the engineering corecurriculum. The paper describes a house remodeling project that is used to integrate 4 lowerdivision engineering core courses, namely, statics, programming, matrix algebra and CAD, andhow it can be used to meet soft skills required by ABET. Assessment results show that studentsinvolved in the program have learned significantly better than their peers in other sections ofthese courses. Paper concludes by including program modification recommendations based onwhat has been learned during project implementation.

Rodriguez-Nikl, T., & Won, D. S., & Menezes, G. B., & Pacheco-Vega, A., & Sharif, A. A., & Ragusa, G. (2015, June), Integrated Project for Sophomore-level Engineering Course Contextualization Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24320

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