California State University, Los Angeles , California
April 4, 2019
April 4, 2019
April 6, 2019
Diversity and Pacific Southwest Section Meeting Paper Submissions
Community colleges play an important role in STEM education because they enroll almost half of the nation’s undergraduate students. Undergraduate research experience has been proven effective to engage and retain students in the STEM fields. In order to provide community college students with opportunities and experiences in cutting-edge engineering research, a cooperative internship program between a community college and a public comprehensive university has been developed. In summer 2018, the program engaged 20 community college students in six 10-week engineering research projects conducted at the four-year university. This paper mainly describes the computer engineering internship project, in which four sophomore students from the community college developed a mobile gesture recognition system by integrating bio-signal processing, machine learning, real-time system design, and mobile and cloud computing technologies. The project was conducted in a research lab at the four-year university and was supervised by a faculty advisor and a graduate student mentor. The research outcome of the project as well as the results of the pre- and post-program surveys show that the internship program was a great success in allowing the student interns to gain valuable computer engineering research experience and strengthening their confidence and interest in pursuing a STEM profession. The program also helped the students improve their skills in teamwork, time management, scientific writing, and presentation.
Zhang, X., & Colin, R. J., & David, A., & Enriquez, A. G., & Pong, W., & Jiang, Z., & Chen, C., & Mahmoodi, H., & Jiang, H., & Ceron Garcia, D. D. (2019, April), Introducing Emerging Computer Engineering Research to Community College Students through a Summer Internship Project on Development of a Mobile Gesture Recognition System Paper presented at 2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting, California State University, Los Angeles , California. https://peer.asee.org/31835
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